Korea University Department of Political Science and International Relations

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The Department of Political Science & International Relations at Korea University has directly established or played a leading role in a number of related research organizations involved in in-depth and long-term study. The Institute for Peace Studies - an institute affiliated with the department, Works towards achieving positive results with research projects related to peace on the Korean Peninsula and in the surrounding region. The Asiatic Research Center-Korea's first university-affiliated institute, is the nation' s leading institute of social science. Ilmin International Relations Institute-actively carries out various research and training programs on a wide range of global and regional issues

1. Peace & Democracy Institute(PDI)


Website: http://www.peacekorea.or.kr 
E-mail: mastero@peacekorea.ac.kr
Telephone: 02-3290-1644, 1645 / Fax : 02-925-3906

The Institute for Peace Studies (IPS), which is run by the Department of Political Science & International Relations at Korea University, was first established in 1988 with Professor Ho-Jae Lee as its first president. Since then, the institute has carried out continuous research into the questions of stability on Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia and the unification of Korea. Under its current President, Professor Sung Hack Kang, the institute is playing a more active role and has been designated for exclusive support by Korea Research Foundation. The institute designs and supports academic activities and theoretical study in social sciences which contributes to the creation of a political order which yields peace, prosperity and justice, while deterring war on and around the Korean Peninsula. Following its establishment, the IPS agreed to academic exchanges with the Russian Science Academy and the US-Canada Institute in September 1988 and with the Japan Asia Economic Institute in August 1990. Professor Choi Sang-Yong later served as the institute's second president in 1991, with Professor Han Seung-Jo becoming the third in 1993. In November 1993, the institute successfully held an academic seminar titled "Prospects for the Changing Order of Northeast Asia and Possibility of the Unification between the Two Koreas. Then in July 1995, Professor Jin-Young Seo was appointed the institute's fourth president with Professor Jung-Nam Cho taking the office as the fifth president of the IPS in September, 1998.

The general activities of the IPS include holding academic conferences, data research and analysis, fellowship programs, and international academic exchanges. Currently, the institute is involved in a variety of philosophical and theoretical research into the perspectives of peace in the East and Westin various periods and under different ideologies, as well as the characteristics of the concept of peace and its history of progress.

In line with this work, the institute is also carrying out studies on the history of non-violent resistance, changing perception of Wars and peace issues in Asia in 19th and 20th centuries as Well as exploring and developing the peace philosophy of Koreans. The IPS also investigates the changing status, structure and characteristics of the Northeast Asian international order or system with particular attention focused on the 20th Century. Related research includes: a study of the transformation and collapse of the traditional and Confucian Northeast Asian international political regime, investigation of War, revolution and peace in Asia in 19th and 20th Century, and in-depth analysis of the origin and course of the Korean War and its impact.

Significantly, the IPS focuses its research on the conditions and means necessary to bring about the peaceful unification on the Korean Peninsula, the most pressing theoretical and practical issue facing the country. IPS unification related research includes historical and positive studies on the changes affecting political and economic systems of Northeast Asian Countries, particularly China and Japan, and the likelihood of either nation becoming a regional hegemon, and analysis of relevant foreign policy strategies, foreign trade relations and patterns, and military and security issues.

The institute also collects, organizes and publishes formal international treaties and agreements concerning peace, trade and economic cooperation reached under the South Korean government s North-oriented diplomacy. The IPS takes extensive surveys of Korean’s perceptions of peace in relation to War and structural violence.



2. Asiatic Research Center


Website: http://www.arc.re.kr
E-mail: arcGarc.re.kr
Telephone: 02-3290-1601 / Fax : 02-923-4661


The Asiatic Research Center (ARC), Korea's first university-affiliated institute, was established on June 17th, 1957. Since its establishment, the ARC has vigorously pursued its stated goal to contribute to the promotion of mutual interests and Culture of humanity. The Center has conducted Countless academic research projects, publications, seminars and academic conferences, and also operates its own library. While the ARC is not a subsidiary institute of the department, close academic cooperation with the department since the ARC s initial research in December 1961 on the Communist bloc nations makes it difficult to separate the two bodies.

The ARC earned world-wide recognition as one of the top five international institutes studying the communist bloc since it began independent research on Communism in 1969. The Korea University Department of Political Science & International Relations was at the Center of this research. The ARC also established the first office of Southeast Asian Studies in Korea to undertake study of the region in November 1969. The center next took the lead researching Korean society and undertaking Cooperative research with Japan for the first "Conference on Korea-Japan Knowledge Exchange in March 1976. Professor Sung-Joo Han of the Department took over as the Center’s third president in March 1983 and department Professor Sang-Yong Choi led the center as the sixth president in 1995. Under Professor Jang-Jip Choi's leadership as the ARC' s seventh president from April 2000, the center has turned its focus to the study of East Asia in the information age.

The center is planning to strengthen foundations for the ‘informationalization’ of academic study with the establishment of an East Asia Digital Information Center and to launch an efficient research system to further consolidate its standing as Korea's leading research institute in the information age. Following the ARC’s shift in research focus from the study of Communism to East Asian issues in the information age, the center has provided special lectures to increase understanding and awareness of the Culture, society and politics of East Asia. The institute also conducts vigorous research programs to enhance interest in the region and increase the possibility of forming an East Asian regional network. Since September 2000, the Center has carried out three phases of research as part of a project sponsored by the Korea Research Foundation.

The first phase of research, from September 2000 to August 2002, focused on "East Asian Identity, while the second, from September 2002 to August 2004, studied the "Structure and Changes of Korean Democracy: Democracy and Korean Politics without Labor. Research for the third phase, on Conflict in Korean Society was conducted from September 2004 to August 2005. Meanwhile, the Center publishes The Journal of Asiatic Studies, with support from the Korea Research Foundation. First published in March 1958 the journal released its most recent issue Wol. 48 No. 4, in February 2006. Well-known issues include Studies of Communist Bloc (공산권연구총서), Korea Research Collections (한국사회과학연구총서), Korea Social Development Research Collections (한국사회개발연구총서), Japan Studies Collections (일본연구총서), China Studies Collections (중국연구총서), and Diplomatic Records of Korea.



3. Ilmin International Relations Institute


Website: http://www.ilminkor.org
E-mail: irikor@korea.ac.kr
Telephone: 02-3290-1649/50 Fax: 02-927-5165


The Ilmin International Relations Institute was established on April 18th, 1995 to continue the ongoing Work of the late "Ilmin' Sang-man Kim, former Chairman of the Korea University Board of Trustees, with the objective of researching the drastically changing climate and relations within the Asia-Pacific region, as well as promoting international exchange and Cooperation, educating competent experts to meet the demands of the international era, and to present foreign policy direction. Under the leadership of Honorary Professor Sung-joo Han, the Ilmin Institute has actively promoted research on international relations through a variety of international academic conferences and policy projects. The institute has periodically held a Policy Round Table, inviting local and international experts in foreign policy, security, economics and trade to discuss current issues and analyze policies, publishing these debates in academic journals. The Ilmin Institute has also organized and held several Conferences in Korea and overseas, and has established educational programs and internships to develop future leaders in the field.

The limin Institute, then, through active participation in a variety of research activities and international projects, is striving to make Korea University a Center for international relations studies, continuing this mission under the leadership of its second director (2003–present), Political Science Professor in-taek Hyun, who has strengthened the institute's research and educational capabilities by broadening the institute is scope of research and overseeing the development of new educational curricula.

The Ilmin International Relations Institute's primary activities include organizing academic Conferences, managing policy advisory discussions, and publishing academic material. The IImin Institute has held a variety of academic Conferences at home and abroad in cooperation with foreign academic Societies, universities and numerous research foundations. The institute's major conferences include the "World Foreign Policy Forum" (1995), " The United Nations: The Next Fifty Years" (1996), "Consolidating Democracy in South Korea" (1996), "Nuclear Confrontation with North Korea(1994)", and the "International Conference on Human security in East Asia (2003)." In addition, the Ilmin Institute has actively promoted numerous international academic research projects, including a joint project with CFR on "Managing Change on the Korean Peninsula" (1998), and two studies - "Environmental Security in East Asia" and "Security and Securitization: How Non-Traditional Security issues Are Securitized with Professor Ramesh Thakur.

The Ilmin Institute has also invited prominent scholars and specialists and held discussions on a regular basis. “IRI Review”, a regular academic publication since 1996, changed its name to International Relations Review, in 2003 and Continues to further academic achievement. It is also worth noting that the IImin Institute Currently operates an electronic library through its website. The Ilmin Institute, then, is doing everything possible to become a leading institute able to raise Korean standards in International Relations research and academic exchange to the international level.



4. East Asia Institute (EAI)


Website: http://www.eai.or.kr
E-mail: eai@eai.or.kr
Telephone: 02-2277-1683 / Fax : 02-2277-1684


Other institutes also carry out a variety of research projects in close Coordination with the department. One such representative institute is the East Asian Institute, established in May 2002. Numerous undergraduate and graduate students and Department Professors are members of the institute, serving as interns and researchers, including institute President, Professor Byung Kook Kim. EA strives to become a prominent think-tank in Korea, undertaking interdisciplinary studies in the social sciences, expanding international academic exchanges, promoting national and international academic networks, and analyzing Current policy issues and offering practical prescriptions. The activities of the EA consist of research (institution and policy studies, research projects, and Surveys), arranging international Conferences, organizing forums, publication, and education. Research is carried out by four research Centers and taskforces, which are structured to encourage the highest practical level of personal and intellectual interaction among diverse Communities of scholars and practitioners.

To further improve understanding of East Asian affairs and advance social scientific study of the East Asian region, the EA hosts research projects in collaboration with foreign research organizations and holds international Conferences and forums. The EAl disseminates research findings by publishing the Journal of East Asian Studies, books, and working papers. In addition, it also runs an internship program for undergraduate and graduate students throughout the year. The Journal of East Asian Studies (EAS) was first published with the support of the first BK21 Education and Research Corps grant for East Asian Studies in the department. The journal is now recognized for its remarkable accomplishments as the leading academic journal on East Asia.