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Ambassador Per Eklund has joined ISDP as a Senior Fellow with its Silk Road Studies Program. He recently retired from his position as head of the European Commission Delegation to Georgia. Ambassador Eklund joined the European Commission in 1997 and his other missions included Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba. Initially, he worked on EU assistance to Russia, then to all former Soviet states.

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Forthcoming publication

Russian speaking organized crime groups in the EU

Walter Kegö and Alexandru Molcean

March 2011

The transnational character of Russian speaking organized crime, when coupled with its high degree of sophistication and ruthlessness, has attracted the world's attention and concern to what has become known as a global "Russian Mafia." Along with this concern, however, has come a fair amount of misunderstanding and stereotyping with respect to this problem. The paper presents a multilateral analysis of Russian speaking organized crime groups in the EU, providing a general overview of its origins, development and impact on European society. The authors explore the full magnitude of the problem, presenting possible ways to counteract it.


Azerbaijan Since Independence

Svante Cornell

January 2011

Azerbaijan Since Independence offers a comprehensive introduction to modern Azerbaijan, a post-Soviet republic located on the western shore of the Caspian Sea. This small country has outsized importance due to its strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, its energy wealth, and its historical experience as an early modernizer in the Muslim world. The book begins with six chapters on Azerbaijan’s history from pre-Soviet times to the present, with an emphasis on the past twenty years. The next four chapters are thematic, covering the conflict over Karabakh, the political system, the oil-dominated economy, and societal changes and trends including the role of Islam. The remainder of the book surveys Azerbaijan’s foreign relations, with an analysis of the foreign-policy-making context complemented by chapters on relations with Iran, Russia, Turkey, and the West. The book closes with a brief epilogue discussing the country’s future.

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Asia Papers

Japanese Security and Defense Policies: Trends, Threat Perceptions and Prospects

Axel Berkofsky

ASIA PAPER, January 2011

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Towards a Solution for the North Korean Nuclear Issue: ISDP-KIDA Joint Project on North Korean WMDs

Sangsoo Lee (ed.)

ASIA PAPER, January 2011

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China's "New Multilateralism" and the Rise of BRIC: A Realist Interpretation of a "Multipolar" World Order

Jagannath P. Panda

ASIA PAPER, February 2011

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Silk Road Papers

Afghanistan Beyond the Fog of Nation Building: Giving Economic Strategy a Chance

S. Frederick Starr

SILK ROAD PAPER, January 2011

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Conference Report

Regional Environmental Cooperation in EU and ASEAN: Lessons from Two Regions

Sangsoo Lee, Moe Thuzar

ASIA PAPER, February 2011

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Policy Briefs and Op-eds

Stepping Back From the Brink at Preah Vihear: Cambodia and Thailand’s Choice

Rennie Silva

ISDP POLICY BRIEF, No. 55, February 16, 2011

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Snar demokrati inte realistiskt [Near-term democracy is not realistic]

Svante Cornell

OP-ED, Svenska Dagbladet, February 9, 2011

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"New Life" for Russia

Walter Kegö, Erik Leijonmarck, Janina Romanova

ISDP POLICY BRIEF, No. 54, February 9, 2011

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Corruption and International Organizations: The United Nations and the World Bank

Per Larsson / Summarized by Stina Hartikainen

ISDP POLICY BRIEF, No. 53, February 03, 2011

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The Myanmar-EU Roadmap: New Possibilities in a Changing Myanmar

Christopher O'Hara, Agnes Frittin

ISDP POLICY BRIEF, No. 52, January 24, 2011

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The Israilov Case and Human Rights in Chechnya

Stina Hartikainen, Anna Jonsson

ISDP POLICY BRIEF, No. 51, January 20, 2011

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"Axis Shift", in Soner Cagaptay, ed., Turkish Foreign Policy Under the AKP: The Rift with Washington

Svante E. Cornell

Policy Notes, Washington Institute for Near East Policy, January 2011

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From Sanctions to Engagement: The Need for a New Policy Towards Myanmar

Ebba Mårtensson, Andreas Mälarstedt

ISDP POLICY BRIEF, No. 50, January 12, 2011

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Seeking To Redesign Turkey, The AKP Resurrects State Tutelage

Halil M. Karaveli

ANALYSIS, Turkey Analyst, Volume 4, No. 1, January 10, 2011

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Staff and Project News

February 16-18

Niklas Swanström participated in the Asian Security Conference 2011, entitled Towards A New Asian Order and held a presentation on "Globalization and the rise of Asia".

February 1

ISDP hosted a roundtable discussion with Laura Jewett, regional director for Eurasia at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), and Swedish civic organizations on democratic development in the former Soviet Union.

January 13

Svante Cornell presented his book, Azerbaijan Since Independence, at a CACI Forum at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University, in Washington DC.


Niu Zhongjun an associate professor of the Department of Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs Administration at China Foreign Affairs University is a guest researcher at ISDP from January to February 2011. He is a director of Political Science teaching and research section, specialized in international politics theory science for peace and multilateral diplomacy. His books include Conflict Prevention,2007,China’s Diplomacy from China's opening and reform(co-authored), 2008,and EU's Common Foreign Policy and Security Policy from a Globalized Perspective(co-authored), 2008.


Lee Seung Yeol joined ISDP as a Visiting Research Fellow. He is a Senior Research Fellow at Ewha Womans University Institute for Unification, specialized in the succession of North Korean Politics. Dr. Lee earned a doctoral degree in North Korean Studies in 2009 when he also published his book Kim Jong-il's Choice.