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The Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies (YINKS) is a university research institute focused on the academic and policy needs arising from the rapidly changing conditions for unification on the Korean peninsula. Founded in 1995, the institute has striven to gather together research related to inter-Korean issues and Korean unification from various fields including politics, diplomacy, military security, economics, sociology, cultural studies and healthcare, while at the same time greatly expanding the scope and depth of Korean unification related research.




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The Nautilus Institute works to build a more secure and sustainable world though a combination of innovative research and on-the-ground projects. Founded in the 1980s, Nautilus is known for its work on nuclear weapons proliferation and cross-disciplinary work on energy security and sustainability as they relate to nuclear proliferation with a strong focus on East Asia and North Korea. The Institute has built a reputation for designing and implementing creative strategies to address these threats to security.

The Hanns Seidel Foundation is a strong proponent of political education and its role in fostering democratic values. Established in 1967, the Foundation asserts the need for every generation to acquire its own understanding of democracy and commits itself in promoting civic education in Germany and abroad. The Foundation strives to spread the understanding of man as both a fully autonomous individual as well as a socially responsible entity in a culture where there is a growing demand for a "culture of self-reliance" and an "active civil society".


The Journal of Territorial and Maritime Studies (JTMS) is an interdisciplinary journal of research on territorial and maritime issues. Founded in 2016, the journal provides an academic medium for the advancement and dissemination of research results in the field of history, international law, international relations and peace studies. The journal covers all continental areas across the world, and it discusses any territorial and maritime subjects through various research methods from different perspectives.

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The Asia Research Fund was established in 1995 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 30th anniversary of the normalisation of relations between South Korea and Japan. The fund supports academic research on culture, history, security and economic development in East Asia. In addition to this, the fund also supports exchanges of students and intellectuals between universities in the region and encourages cultural cooperation projects.

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