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East Asian Security and Strategy Programme

The East Asian Security and Strategy Programme at the Swedish Defence University conducts research related to China’s impact as a rising power in regional and global security. Strategies and security policies of other states in the region are also analysed from different perspectives.

Researchers affiliated with the East Asian Security and Strategy Programme conduct research related to China’s strategic thinking and behaviour, its foreign and security policy, the domestic and international roles of the People’s Liberation Army, and China’s impact as a rising power in regional and global security.

Strategy and security policy

Within the programme, strategies and security policies of other states in the East Asian region are analysed and the following questions are adressed:

  • What drives regional antagonism and military rivalry, and with what medium- to long term consequences?
  • What can be learned from how the United States and the region’s democratic states have handled China’s rise thus far?

Cooperation and rivalry in the East Asian region

East Asia is a region characterized by both cooperative political, economic and security networks, as well as great power rivalry. The latter is expected to intensify in the short to medium term, both because of the rise of China – one of the greatest geopolitical events of our time – and the way it is interpreted and handled by other states.

The region also houses an important network of US alliances and significant US interests, alongside the declining powers Japan and Russia, and the ever-volatile Korean peninsula. East Asia risks becoming the scene of security dilemmas and great power conflicts in different areas, not least regarding Taiwan, disputed territories in the East and South China Seas, and challenges posed by the North Korean regime, including the development and testing of nuclear weapons and missiles.

Domain-specific competences

Researchers affiliated with the programme have extensive and relevant domain-specific competencies, including proficiency in Chinese and Japanese, and address issues listed above by analysing the politics, military developments, and relationships in and between East Asian states, as well as their relationships with the United States.

Affiliated researchers at the Swedish Defence University

Mikael Weissmann

Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer, Director of studies

Mikael.Weissmann@fhs.se +46 8-55342580
Dan Öberg

Associate Professor, Senior Lecturer

dan.oberg@fhs.se +46 8-55342693
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