ISDP has a growing interest in Southeast Asia regarding development and security related issues as well as policy and research. The region houses a highly complex political environment, is a home to high rates of economic development, significant inequality and critical security challenges. Located geographically at the intersection of many strategic routes, what happens in the region directly affects political and economic relations globally. In-depth research and understanding are required to identify the best policy approaches to these potential opportunities and challenges.
Since 2007, ISDP has deepened its ties with think tanks and research agencies across Southeast Asia. Through this network, ISDP seeks to enhance understanding of issues affecting Southeast Asia in Europe and Asia alike, through joint research and cooperation. Key to ISDP’s work on Southeast Asia is the Stockholm Center for South Asian and Indo-Pacific Affairs. The work of ISDP in the region is focused on supporting peace and stability, and the study of non-traditional security challenges, such as environmental issues and transnational threats.
South Korea’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, Atmanirbhar Bharat, and the IPEF: Convergence and Commonality
For some time now, the existing multilateral networks such as those of the United Nations (UN) system have been largely ineffective in providing good global governance and helping create resilience, […]
Taiwan’s Southbound Drive towards Southeast Asia
This article examines Taiwan’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia during Ma Ying-jeou’s two-term (2008–2016) and Tsai Ing-wen’s first-term (2016–2020) presidencies. It discusses the context of East Asian regionalization and regionalism, […]
China’s Pursuit of Food and Energy Security in the Indian Ocean: Consequences for India’s Development
China and India are still predominantly rising powers. They are strongly inclined to achieve food and energy security, two priority areas for any nation with a vast population. The possibility […]
Quad Plus EU: A Viable Option for the Times?
Today, the primary Indo-Pacific contest is not just about the China-US hegemony. It also involves a range of so-called “middle powers” – including Australia, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, […]
Climate Security in the Indo-Pacific: Priorities and Challenges
The climate vulnerabilities of the Indo-Pacific region have grown immensely with grave implications for regional, national, human, and ecological security. Climate action has been prioritized by most countries, including by […]
Taiwan and the Diplomatic Squeeze
In mid-March 2023, the self-governing island of Taiwan lost another one of its already few diplomatic allies. Announcing the severing of diplomatic ties between Taiwan and Honduras on Twitter on March 15, […]