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Niklas Swanström
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program,
nswanstrom /at/ silkroadstudies.org

+46 8 410 569 51

Address (US):
Central Asia-Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, Editor for the China-Eurasia Forum Quarterly, Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington DC, U.S.A

Academic positions:
- Editor-in-Chief for the China-Eurasian Forum

Expertise:

- Chinese Foreign Policy
- Negotiation and Mediation
- Narcotics trafficking and Security
- Security politics in Central Asia
- Regional Cooperation
- Asian Security
- Conflict management in Northeast Asia
- North Korea
- Energy and Security in Asia

Ongoing Projects at the Program:

- Conflict and Security in Asia

- Conflict Management in Northeast Asia

- Narcotics, Organized Crime and Security in Eurasia

- Conflict Prevention in Central Asia

- Chinese Foreign Policy

- Negotiation and Mediation in an Asian Context

- Regional Security

- Political Violence and Conflict Management

- Energy and Cooperation

 



 

Niklas L.P. Swanström
Executive Director

Dr. Niklas Swanström is the Program Director of the Central Asia -Caucasus Institute and Silk Road Studies Program, a Joint Transatlantic Research and Policy Center affiliated with Johns Hopkins University-SAIS and the Institute for Security and Development Policy. He is a Research Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. He is the Editor of the China Eurasia Forum Quarterly, a quarterly publication on China and Eurasia. His main areas of expertise are conflict prevention, conflict management and regional cooperation; Chinese foreign policy and security in Northeast Asia; narcotics trafficking and its effect on regional and national security as well as negotiations. His focus is mainly on Northeast Asia, Central Asia and Southeast Asia. Dr. Swanström was a Visiting Professor and Faculty member at Renmin University in Beijing, China.

Dr. Swanström has authored, co-authored or edited a number of books, including: Transnationell brottslighet: ett säkerhetshot?, Regional Cooperation and Conflict Management: Lessons from the Pacific Rim and Foreign Devils, Dictatorship or Institutional Control: China 's foreign policy towards Southeast Asia. His articles have appeared in the Korean Journal of International Studies, Journal of Contemporary China, CEF Quarterly, Peace Review, Central Asian Survey and the Central Asia -Caucasus Analyst. His commentaries have appeared in Svenska Dagbladet, Uppsala Nya Tidning, Baltimore Sun, Asia Times and Asia Online. He is a frequent traveller in the regions of research and participates in numerous conferences on Asian affairs and is a frequent guest at various events dealing with security and conflict management in Northeast Asia.

Dr. Swanström holds a Ph.D. in Peace and Conflict Studies from Uppsala University. His dissertation dealt with regional cooperation and conflict management in the Pacific Rim . He also holds a Licentiate degree from the Department of Peace and Conflict research that examined the Chinese foreign policy towards Southeast Asia. He holds MA degrees from Uppsala University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He has also been a student at Beijing Languages Institute, Beijing University and Dalian Languages University.

He teaches courses in Theory to Peace Studies, Negotiation and Mediation, Conflict Management, Central Asia and Regional Cooperation. During the spring of 2007 he also teaches From Conflict Management to Conflict Prevention at the University of Trento.

Publications

New Publications Books and Monographs
Articles Book Chapters
Op-eds etc. Conference Reports

New Publications

Swanström, Niklas, "The Narcotics Trade: A Threat to Security? National and Transnational Implications", Global Crime, vol. 8 no 1, 2007.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., with He, Yin, China's War on Narcotics: Two Perspectives, Silk Road Paper, December 2006. (51 pp)

Swanström, Niklas L.P., "Editor's Note;" CEF Quarterly, vol. 4, no. 4, November 2006.

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Books and Monographs

Swanström, Niklas L.P., with Svante Cornell, Michael Jonsson, Emin Poljarevic, and Trifin Roule, Penningtvätt och Finansiell Brottslighet i Östersjöområdet [Money Laundering and Financial Crime in the Baltic sea Region], Rapport till Mobilisering mot Narkotika, Mars 2006.[Report to the Swedish National Drug Policy Coordinator].


Swanström, Niklas L.P. with Svante Cornell, Transnationell Brottslighet: Ett Säkerhetshot [Transnational Crime: A Security Threat?], Stockholm: Swedish Emergency Management Agency, 2006, 140pp.





Swanström, Niklas L.P., Ed, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management in Northeast Asia, Uppsala & Washington: CACI & SRSP, 2005. <click to download>

Swanström, Niklas L.P. with Mikael S. Weissmann, Conflict, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management and beyond: a conceptual exploration, Uppsala & Washington: CACI & SRSP, 2005.


Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Svante Cornell, A Strategic Conflict Analysis of Afghanistan, Report to Swedish Internation Development Cooperation Agency, August 2005, 24pp.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Svante Cornell and Anara Tabyshalieva, A Strategic Conflict Analysis of Central Asia with a Focus on Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, Report to Swedish Internation Development Cooperation Agency, June 2005, 40pp.


Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Svante E. Cornell, Anara Tabyshalieva, and Georgi Tcheishvili, A Strategic Conflict Analysis of the South Caucasus with a Focus on Georgia, Report to Swedish Internation Development Cooperation Agency, June 2005, 50pp.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., Regional Cooperation and Conflict Management: Lessons from the Pacific Rim, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, (286 pages) 2002. <click to download pdf (3 MB)>

Swanström, Niklas L. P., Foreign Devils, Dictatorship, or Institutional Control: China’s foreign policy towards Southeast Asia, Department of Peace and Conflict Research, Uppsala University, (197 pages), 2001 [pdf (20MB)].

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Articles

Niklas Swanström, with Nicklas Norling, "The Virtues and Potential Gains of Continental Trade in Eurasia", Asian Survey, XLVII, No. 3 (May-June 2007): 351-373.

Swanström, Niklas, "The Narcotics Trade: A Threat to Security? National and Transnational Implications", Global Crime, vol. 8 no 1, 2007.

Niklas L.P. Swanström, with Svante E. Cornell, "The Eurasian Drug Trade: A Challenge to Regional Security", Problems of Post-Communism, Volume 53, Number 4 / July-August 2006, pp 10-28.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., "Narcotics and China: An Old Security Threat From New Sources", CEF Quarterly vol. 4 no. 1, February 2006.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., "An Asian Oil and Gas Union: Prospects and Problems", Oil, Gas & Energy Law Intelligence, Volume 3, Issue 04, December, 2005 (reprint of article published in CEF Quarterly vol. 3 no. 3, November 2005).

Swanström, Niklas L.P., "An Asian Oil and Gas Union: Prospects and Problems", CEF Quarterly vol. 3 no. 3, November 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., “China and Central Asia: A New Great Game or Traditional Vassal Relations”, Journal of Contemporary China 14(45), 2005:569-584.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., "Southeast Asia's War on Terror: Who is Cooperating Across Borders?", Harvard Asia Quarterly, vol. 9 no. 1-2, Winter/Spring 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., "The Korean Peninsula in the U.S.’s Post-9/11 Military-Security Paradigm", Korea and World Affairs, Vol. 29 No. 2 Summer issue, 2005.

Swanström Niklas L. P., "Mulilateralism and Narotics control in Central Asia", CEF Quarterly, the journal of the China-Eurasia Forum, February 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Svante Cornell, "Sverige måste stödja kampen mot narkotika i Afghanistan", Folk och Försvar, Nr 5, 2004.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Björnehed, Emma, Summer, “Conflict Resolution of Terrorist Conflicts in Southeast Asia,” Journal of Terrorism and Political Violence, vol.16 no.2, 2004.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Mikael Weissmann, “Can China Untie the Gordian Knot in North Korea?” Korean Journal of International Studies, No. 1, 2004.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., “Chinese Influence on the DPRK Negotiation,” Peace Review, 16:2, June, 2004.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., “Organized Crime in Central Asia: its Impact on Europe,” Jane's Homeland Security and Resilience Monitor, Vol. 3 No. 3, April, 2004.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., “The Prospects for Multilateral Conflict Prevention and Regional Cooperation in Central Asia”, Central Asian Survey, Vol. 23 No. 1, March, 2004.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., “Regional Cooperation and Conflict Management in Northeast Asia”, Korean Journal of International Studies, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2003.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., “China and Xinjiang after September 11”, NIAS, No. 3, 2002.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., Summer, Kina och Centralasien: Det Stora Spelet” (China and Central Asia: the Great Game), Internationella Studier (International Studies), No. 2 U.I, Stockholm, 2001.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., “China and the Security of Southeast Asia”, Kajian Malaysia, No. 1-2, Vol. XVIII, 2000.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., "New Security Dimensions in the Chinese Foreign Policy Towards Southeast Asia", USM,Penang, 1999.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Ramses Amer, “Konflikter och samarbete i Stillahavsasien” (Conflicts and cooperation in Pacific Asia), Internationella Studier (International Studies), No 3 Autumn, U.I, Stockholm, 1996.

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Book Chapters

Niklas Swanström, with Nicklas Norling and Zhang Li, "China", in S. Frederick starr, ed., The New Silk Roads: Transport and trade in Greater Central Asia, Washington: CACI & SRSP, June 2007, 510pp.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Mikael Weissmann and Emma Björnehed, "Introduction", in Niklas L.P. Swanström (Ed), Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management in Northeast Asia, Uppsala & Washington: CACI & SRSP, 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., "Regional Cooperation and Conflict Prevention", in Niklas L.P. Swanström (Ed), Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management in Northeast Asia, Uppsala & Washington: CACI & SRSP, 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., "Concluding Thoughts", in Niklas L.P. Swanström (Ed), Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management in Northeast Asia, Uppsala & Washington: CACI & SRSP, 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Maral Madi, 2005, “International Cooperation Against Drug Trafficking, in Central Asia,” in C. Uday Bhaskar, Uttam K. Sinha, K. Santhanam and Tasneem Meenai, eds, United Nations: Multilateralism and International Security, Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses & SHIPRA Publications, 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., "Conflict Management and Negotiations in the South China Sea: The ASEAN Way?", Centre for Development and Environment, University of Oslo, Oslo, 1999.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Peter Wallensteen, “Asien: Framtid i fred eller konflikt?”, Asiatiska vägval, Utrikesdepartementet, Ds 1998:34. (Asia: Future in Peace or Conflict? in Asian Alternatives, Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs), 1998.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., "China’s Foreign Policy Towards Southeast Asia: Continuity or Change?" Report for a joint project between Uppsala University and University Sains Malaysia, August 1997.

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Op-eds etc.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., “Editors Note”, CEF Quarterly, vol. 5 no. 2, May 2007.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., “Editors Note”, CEF Quarterly, vol. 4 no. 3, August 2006.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., “Editors Note”, CEF Quarterly, vol. 4 no. 2, May 2006.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., with Svante Cornell, Michael Jonsson, Emin Poljarevic, and Trifin Roule, "Kriminella nätverk föredrar Sverige för att tvätta pengar" [Criminal Networks Prefer Sweden for Money Laundering], Dagens Nyheter, 23 March, 2006.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., “Editors Note”, CEF Quarterly, vol. 4 no. 1, February 2006.

Swanström, Niklas L.P., “Editors Note”, CEF Quarterly, vol. 3 no. 3, November 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., "The Unocal-CNOOC-Chevron triangle drama: business as usual or political domination?", Central Asia - Caucasus Analyst, July 27, 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L.P. with Svante Cornell, “Kyrgyzstan's "Revolution": Poppies or Tulips?“, Central Asia - Caucasus Analyst, May 18, 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., ”Positive nationalism could prove bond for Chinese”, The Baltimore Sun, May 4, 2005.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Svante Cornell, “Is Afghanistan’s Opium Boom Reversible”, Central Asia - Caucasus Analyst, July 14, 2004.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Svante Cornell, "Oansvarig strutspolitik i allvarlig fråga", Svenska Dagbladet, December 17, 2003.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Svante Cornell, ”Sveriges säkerhet hotas”, Svenska Dagbladet, November 17, 2003.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., "Central Asia: A Transit Region for Drugs", Asia Times, August 29, 2003.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., “The Southeast Asian and Chinese Connection to Drug Trade in Central Asia”, Analyst, John Hopkins University, SAIS, August 27, 2003.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., “Hu Supports the Shanghai Cooperation Organization?”, The Times of Central Asia, June 19, 2003.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., “Chinese Business Interests in Central Asia: A Quest for Dominance", Analyst, John Hopkins University, SAIS, June 18, 2003.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Svante Cornell, "Kinas Dubbla Intressen” (Chinas Double Interests) Uppsala Nya Tidning, 26 October, 2001.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Svante Cornell, ”China Unnerved With War: West so close to its door”, Baltimore Sun, October 23, 2001.

Swanström, Niklas L. P. with Svante E. Cornell, ”China’s Trepidation In Afghanistan”, Analyst, Johns Hopkins University, SAIS, October 10, 2001.

Swanström, Niklas L. P., ”China Conquers Central Asia Through Trade”, Analyst, John Hopkins University, SAIS, April 11, 2001.

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Conference Reports

Niklas L.P. Swanström, with Sofia K. Ledberg, The Role of CBMs in Cross-Strait Relations, Policy Report from the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program Workshop, Uppsala, Sweden, December 15, 2005, Washington & Uppsala: CACI&SRSP, March 2006, 26 pp.



Swanström, Niklas L.P., with Emin Poljarevic and Elizabeth Peterson, Organized Crime and Narcotics in the Baltic Sea Region: Issues of National and Regional Security, Report from the joint center conference held 1-2 June 2005.



Swanström, Niklas L.P., with Emma Björnehed, Mikael S. Weissmann and Liu Yue, Conflict Prevention and Conflict Management in Northeast Asia - Conference Report (Uppsala & Washington: CACI & SRSP, 2005).

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