A geopolitical hotspot. A dynamic democracy. A divided nation. A leading economy. A cultural exporter. Understanding Korea in the 21st century is relevant for the world beyond the clichés.
Based in Stockholm, ISDP’s Korea Center aspires to be a hub for research, discussion, and exchange contributing to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula. With the premise that engagement and communication is an imperative part of building mutual trust and understanding, the Center seeks to foster constructive dialogue between key parties on how to sustain peace.
A secondary focus of the Center is to promote cooperation and understanding between the Nordic countries and South Korea. As one of Asia’s most important democracies and economies, its domestic developments and challenges are nevertheless often overshadowed in the media and public opinion by the nuclear crisis. Moreover, there is growing interest within the country in the “Nordic model” in regard to social welfare, sustainability, governance, and gender equality.
To achieve its goals, the Center publishes regular analysis and opinion, hosts guest researchers from the Koreas, as well as organizes seminars and forums. In so doing, it seeks to be a bridge between academic and policy communities in Northern Europe and Korea.
The Center would like to acknowledge the generous support of the Korea Foundation.
Missile Deployments on the Korean Peninsula: An Accelerating Arms Race
Introduction South Korea’s significant improvements in its conventional force capabilities are an important driver of North Korean efforts to accelerate its development of more advanced ballistic missile and nuclear weapons […]
Not a Sovereignty Issue: Understanding the Transition of Military Operational Control between the United States and South Korea
Abstract The transition of operational control (OPCON) is of significant importance for the future development of the alliance of the Republic of Korea and the United States (KORUS). However, it […]
Education and Development in North Korea: The Push for a “Science-Based Economy” Under Kim Jong Un
Abstract This Issue Brief analyzes the development of education in North Korea with particular focus on the Kim Jong Un era and the recent government’s emphasis on scientific development. Once […]
South Korean Military Preparedness in the Shadow of the Pandemic
Abstract The Covid-19 pandemic is impacting both the preparedness of the South Korean military and its cooperation and coordination with American forces on the Korean Peninsula. Nonetheless, the military preparedness […]
North Korean Women as New Economic Agents: Drivers and Consequences
Abstract This Issue Brief explores the changing social and economic role of women in North Korea since the so-called Arduous March of the 1990s. With the breakdown of the public […]
“A People’s Peace”: Inclusive Peacebuilding and the Role of Civil Society in Korea
In this essay, Alec Forss assesses how the concept of inclusive peacebuilding applies to the Korean Peninsula, with a particular focus on the role of civil society in South Korea. […]