Regional Security Cooperation in East Asia
Despite maritime issues, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, and an increased militarization of the region, the security situation in the East Asia as a whole is today rather good. However, regional stability is threatened by the lack of functional security structures that could decrease tension as they arise. As some of the more unstable countries in the world lie within East Asia, or close to its borders, this is a problem that needs to be addressed. Increased military spending, and a lack of transparency in intentions and capacity could potentially create more tension, and although the likelihood that it would escalate into war is rather small, it is not negligible.
ISDP’s work aims at understand the security situation and to study how regional security mechanisms could be implemented to increase security and decrease regional tension.
Quad: Divided over Ukraine, United in the Indo-Pacific?
Introduction: The Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad) met on March 4, 2022, to lay to rest speculation that the group was in serious trouble over differences of opinion on the Ukraine […]
Europe’s Involvement in the Indo-Pacific Region: Determined on Paper, Timid in Reality
Introduction France adopted its Indo-Pacific strategy in 2018, Germany in 2020 and the EU in 2021. None of this comes a minute too soon as geo-political and geoeconomic competition in […]
Security in the Asia-Pacific: Japan’s Options Amid U.S.-Chinese Tensions
Abstract The first arms control conference in history was held in Washington D.C. a hundred years ago. The Washington Naval Conference focused on the naval capabilities of major actors in […]
Japan-UK: “Progressive” Ties and a Case for Britain in the CPTPP
Abstract The UK’s entry into the landmark CPTPP agreement, led by Japan, could be a breakthrough in advancing Britain’s global ambitions as an independent trading nation and encourage a stronger […]
The New Asia
Abstract Current global health and economic crises mark another inflection point for a rapidly transforming Asia, which is characterized by the rise of a more geographically expansive, multi-polar, and polycentric […]
Water as a Political Security Tool: The Himalaya’s Strategic Conundrum
Abstract Fresh water has no substitute, and its availability has been declining sharply around the globe. In Asia, China’s role as a multidirectional and trans-border water provider is debatable. Analysis […]