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As an independent think tank, EAI is committed to the dissemination of ideas through a wide range of activities including international conferences and forums, education, and publication with central focus on policy development and research on major issues in Korea and abroad. As one of the think tanks that represent Korea, EAI has research activities in eight research centers focused around six main projects (U.S.-China Competition and Korea's Strategy, Reading North Korea Correctly, Rebuilding Korea-Japan Relations, Democratic Cooperation, Future of Trade·Technology·Energy Order, and Future Innovation and Governance), and serves as the knowledge network hub in East Asia through joint research with overseas think tanks including those in the U.S., China, and Taiwan.
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit international development organization committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia. Working through our offices in 18 countries and informed by deep local expertise and six decades of experience, we address the critical issues affecting Asia in the 21st century by: strengthening governance, expanding economic opportunity, increasing environmental resilience, empowering women, and promoting international cooperation.
The Council on Korea Unification was founded to contribute to stronger inter-Korean relations as well as peace and unification on the Korean peninsula through private activities that support the government in expanding the foundation for unification and unification policies, promote public awareness on unification, and share experiences and reasonings related to unification with members. Membership consists of public servants such as former Ministers and Vice Ministers of Unification and representatives of inter-Korean dialogues among others.
KINU aims to support the establishment of the government’s unification policies by providing in-depth and systematic research and analysis on unification issues. In doing so, KINU contributes to enhancing the national capacity for making unification come true and proactively responding to changing environment in pursuit of unification.
"The Council for Peace Public Diplomacy is a civil association established in March 2020 by NGOs, educational institutions, and public organizations that have been advocating international solidarity. The Council has organized the Peace and Public Diplomacy Corps in 2020 in order to foster democratic public diplomacy through various activities, which include orientation and educational programs (currently having 45 active members). ‐ Organizations: PSPD, PEACE MOMO, KHIS, Korean Women’s Movement for Peace, ISAS(Jeonbuk National University), IPUS(Seoul National University), MAINS(Sungkonghoe University), CPPI(Hanshin University), Korea Democracy Foundation (secretariat)"
The Council for Peace and Public Diplomacy is a consultative body organized in March 2020 by nine civic, educational and public organizations that have been actively engaged in international solidarity activities. It inaugurated 'Peace and Public Diplomacy Corps,' which takes an introductory training before providing education and carrying out democratic public diplomacy activities. (There are 45 members in the Corps.) Participating organizations: People's Solidarity for Participatory Democracy, PEACEMOMO, Korean House for International Solidarity, Korean Women's Movement for Peace, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies in Jeonbuk National University, Institute for Peace and Unification in Seoul National University, MAINS (Master of Arts in Inter-Asia NGO Studies) in Sungkonghoe University, Center for Peace and Public Integrity in Hanshin University, Korea Democracy Foundation (Secretariat)
The Institute for Far Eastern Studies (IFES), Kyungnam University is a research-oriented think tank with a unique approach. Founded in 1972, IFES promotes peace and the unification of Korea through scholarly contributions focusing on the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia.
K-water is a public enterprise dedicated to water environment under the Ministry of Environment. K-water's main projects include comprehensive utilization·management of water resources, construction·management of metropolitan water supply facilities, consignment operation of provincial water supply and sewage systems, development of industrial complexes, installation·operation of renewable energy, and overseas projects. It also carried out projects in North Korea such as supplying water for Kaesong Industrial Complex.
HANAS was established in February 2019 as a subsidiary of Hananuri. In order to promote peaceful coexistence and win-win development on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia, HANAS is conducting research combined with the Rason Special Zone in North Korea, a border city between North Korea, China and Russia. It is currently exploring the Northeast Asia Peace and Economic Cooperation Model based on a social solidarity economy.
Net Zero 2050 Climate Foundation is an incorporated foundation under the Ministry of Foreign Affiars and is involved in policy development and proposal as well as social education activities and PR for reducing carbon emissions and supporting the international community, governments, businesses and global civic society in their efforts to address climate change and achieve "Net Zero" goal by 2050.
KDI School of Public Policy and Management was founded in 1998 with the objective of fostering high quality international talents and conducting systematic research and education related to economic development processes. It aims for 'living and breathing education' based on partnerships with world renowned faculty members and research institutes. It has become one of the leading educational institutes that pioneer shared growth of the international community by systemizing and promoting Korea's successful development experiences at home and abroad as well as reinforcing friendly relations with many developing countries.
Since its foundation in 2016, the George Washington University Institute for Korean Studies (GWIKS) has organized various programs that encompass a range of fields from humanities and social sciences to policy issues with the aim of becoming a research hub for Korean studies not just in Washington or the U.S. but also globaly. It continues close communication and exchanges with Washington's political circles through policy programs related to the Korean peninsula such as North Korea Economic Forum, North Korea Program, and Korea Policy Forum.
Established in 2007 as an organization to implement inter-Korean agreement through a cooperation and development in light industry and mineral resources, SONOSA has been engaging in the field of economic trade and cooperation, humanitarian assistance etc. by executing entrusted business from the government, which aims for invigoration of exchange and cooperation between two Koreas. Since 2012, it has been designated as a public institution under the Ministry of Unification.
National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS), since its establishment, has been recognized as the only national forest research institute in Republic of Korea and one of global think tank groups, significantly contributing to the development of forest science technology that raises the value of our forests. We at NIFoS will establish the multi-convergent research platform to meet the demands of the times, national and economic needs for forests, and take the lead in providing more pioneering research outcomes in the government agenda through field-oriented practical research so that both the nation and the people can immediately notice.
The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies (IPUS) at Seoul National University conducts research projects that not only focuses on inter-Korean relations and reunification issues, but also on peace studies in general and their relevance to the complex, peaceless situation on the Korean Peninsula. Accordingly, the IPUS consists of two research units: the Center for Unification Studies (CUS) and the Peace and Humanities Research Group (PHRG). IPUS deals with subjects ranging from the North Korea(NK) and NK’s nuclear program, Unification Perception and NK’s defectors issues, historical and territorial disputes, religion and peace, violence and justice.
OHCHR (Seoul) was established in Seoul, Republic of Korea in June 2015. The office monitors and documents the human rights situation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK); undertakes human rights awareness and advocacy; and supports governments, civil society and other actors to promote and protect human rights.
The Korea Rural Economic Institute (KREI) is a government-funded research organization. In 1978, KREI was established by the Korean government to play an important role in developing sound agricultural and forestry policies aimed at the balanced development of urban and rural areas.
The International Institute of Korean Studies (IKSU) at the University of Central Lancashire, UK was founded in October 2014 and plays a central role in the regional research network of Korean Studies and North Korean Studies based on anthroplogy, social science, international relations, development studies, political economy, linguistics and literature. The institute offers the one and only regular master's course on North Korean Studies in Europe and also conducts policy research on the Korean peninsula jointly with the Northern England Policy Center for the Asia Pacific.
The German Institute for International and Security Affairs (Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik - SWP) is one of Europe’s largest foreign policy think-tanks, conducting independent, practice-driven research. SWP advises the German government and parliament as well as decision-makers in relevant international organisations such as the European Union, NATO and the United Nations on questions of foreign and security policy. SWP’s work is characterized by a number of interlocking attributes: academic stringency, multi-perspectivity, independence in our selection of topics and methods, political relevance, and confidentiality.
The Korea Maritime Institute is a government-funded research institute established under the auspices of the Prime Minister’s Office to contribute to the formulation of national policies in maritime and fisheries affairs to boost the national economy. We started out in 1984, comprehensively and systematically investigating and researching the full range of problems related to the marine and fisheries sector, including the oceans, marine products, ocean shipping & maritime affairs and port logistics. As a result, we have grown into a major research institution in the maritime and fisheries fields. All KMI personnel, are hard at work, preemptively responding to ever-changing external and internal conditions, to include the advent of the 4th Industrial Revolution and shrinking global economy and trade. We will spare no effort in our mission to conduct multi-faceted research that strengthens the global competitiveness of Korea’s maritime and fisheries industry while helping to create a new, value-added business segments.
The Institute for East Asia Peace Studies is a pure academic research institute founded with the purpose of carrying out in-depth analysis of the dynamics among East Asian countries and conducting research on various emerging issues in the region (building a multilateral security cooperation regime, historical narration including China's Northeast Project, unification on the Korean peninsula, economic cooperation such as formation of regional land and marine networks, territorial disputes over islands, cultural exchange including the spread of the Korean Wave, etc.). This research institute will conduct regional academic research for policy development to meet the demands of the times, organize symposiums on major challenges, and publish academic journals among other activities.
The Henry L. Stimson Center is a non-profit think tank based in Washington, DC. Founded in 1989 by Barry Blechman and Michael Krepon, the Stimson Center focuses on ideas and solutions to promote international security, prosperity, and justice through programs focusing on nonproliferation, technology and trade, resources and climate, international order, and Asia. 38 North was founded in 2010, and joined the Stimson Center in 2018. The program conducts in-depth research and outreach on policy issues regarding the Korea Peninsula, especially dealing with North Korea. The website, 38North.org, provides policy and technical analysis on multiple facets of North Korea’s domestic situation, WMD developments, and complex external relations, as well as the implications these factors have for both policymakers and the broader public.
「Gaesong Industrial District Foundation」 is an incorporated foundation to support, guide, and supervise 「Kaesong Industrial District Management Committee」 established with support of the companies that invested in the Kaesong Industrial District under the North Korean law. Its work includes developing·implementing support measures for the development of Kaesong Industrial District, managing assets, supporting investment companies to normalize their management, and providing peace and economic education among others.
The Korea Transport Institute is a government-funded research institute founded to contribute to the advancement of transportation sector through research·development on transportation policies and technologies, collection·studies·analysis of a range of information related to transportation policies and technologies at home and abroad, and disseminating the findings. The Korea Transport Institute is committed to leading the progress of Korea's transportation industry by proposing efficient and sustainable transportation policies for improved quality of life and stronger national competitiveness as well as building up transportation-related basic data and developing core technologies.
Korea Women's Development Insitute is a government-funded research institute specialized in gender equality policies under the Prime Minister's Office. It conducts policy research to realize a gender-equal society and reduce gender discrimination and disparity in various areas of the Korean society including labor, education, culture, gender violence and family in order to contribute to national policies for gender equality. It also carries out research on laws and institutions for gender mainstreaming in peace and unification as well as the North Korean society and women in order to ensure gender equality in the peace process on the Korean peninsula.
Reunion Medical Forum is an organization established with the aim of improving the healthcare environment in North and South Korea by promoting exchanges and cooperation in related human resources and technology between the two Koreas ahead of the unification era as well as preparing against a unified healthcare environment following unification. The Forum will stay committed to prepare for the era of reunion in healthcare.
Despite COVID-19, the National Institute for Unification Education successfully provided unification education to ensure that the need for peace and unification can be recognized as part of daily life in 2020. Various education courses, experiential programs and symposiums were organized in new contactless formats, allowing a wider reach for the public. While peace and unification education in daily life continues this year, it will take a step further to become unification education for social integration that eases conflicts in our society and broadens the respect and understanding among members of the society. The National Insitute for Unification Education hopes that more people will become involved in various projects offered by the institute to bring about dynamic exchanges and broad consensus on peace, unification and prosperity on the Korean peninsula.
The Korea Rural Community Corporation is an organization that is carrying out the task of creating a base for agricultural production and developing agricultural and fishing areas, and is efficiently developing and managing water resources such as comprehensive development of large-scale areas, farmland creation through reclamation, securing and drainage of agricultural water for drought and flooding, and water quality management of agricultural water. And the focus is on transferring the technology and experience of the construction to developing countries, including public development assistance projects.
Facing the epochal task of relieving the suffering of a divided nation and accomplishing peaceful reunification, in 2014 Soongsil University inaugurated the Soongsil Institute for Peace and Unification(SSIPU) and has subsequently engaged in numerous unification-related activities. We managed academic research related to the division of Korea and to unification, and we are taking a big step toward peace and unification study by hosting academic conferences in korea and overseas, and soongsil peace and unification forum.
The Institute of Korean Studies at Freie Universität Berlin seeks to place modern Korea back into the center of research and teaching. In this context, the Korean Studies Department focuses its research on the politics, economy, society and culture of Korea. The aim of the study of Korean Studies is the acquisition of knowledge and skills that include a broad spectrum of all aspects of Korea and enables a career in academics, business, media, international organizations and interculturally-oriented institutions. For this study, special importance is placed on the intensive acquisition of Korean language proficiency. In the scientific examination of the subject of Korean Studies, we deal with specific issues, methods, techniques and theories that serve to analyze the dynamics of Korean society and history. On the one hand, some subjects are borrowed from general research made at the regional level; on the other hand, issues that arise from the study of modern Korea are brought into the discussion of these subject.
As a public institute, Korea National Strategy Institute (KNSI) dedicates to developing policy recommendations and national strategies on domestic politics and foreign relations, economy and trade, and social integration issues based on positive analysis; it also seeks to contribute to prosperity of a democratic community and accomplish reunification on the Korean Peninsula based on the principles of independence, democracy, and peace, thereby contributing to peace in the world.