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Young Professionals Paper Series (YPPS) 2015: Call for Papers

The Sejong Society of Washington, D.C. is issuing a call for papers for the Young Professionals Paper Series 2015. YPPS is designed to promote and publish original work by graduate students and young professionals who are interested in writing about issues related to Korea. Through YPPS, Sejong Society strives to create an avenue for individuals interested in Korean affairs to publish quality research.

Selected papers will be published by Sejong Society and the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS. Papers published through YPPS will be accessible to the general public and may serve as a useful resource for those working in or studying Korea-related issues.

For YPPS 2015, Sejong Society aims to select up to 5 papers. Authors of selected proposals will receive guidance from the Directors of Research at Sejong Society throughout the duration of the program. Graduate students and young professionals are encouraged to apply by following the guidelines and information below.

Paper Guidelines

Proposal submission deadline: January 4, 2014.

  1. Originality and  Deliverability
    All papers that are submitted to YPPS should be original work. Selected papers should not be published and presented elsewhere in any form. Papers should demonstrate the interests or expertise of the author. The author must be solely capable of delivering the proposed research.
  1. Topics
    Essentially all topics related to Korea are welcome, subject to review and approval of Sejong Society. Topics may be related to: international relations, politics, economics, business, trade, development, culture, history, law, diplomacy, security, defense, and others.
    Regardless of regional scope (i.e. South Korea, U.S.-South Korea, China-Japan-South Korea, etc.) the paper should maintain an emphasis on either South Korea or North Korea.
  1. Form
    Research papers, policy papers, analytical papers, and others are welcome, subject to review and approval of Sejong Society.
  1. Length and Quality
    Final papers should not exceed 10-12 pages in length, single spaced. Content should be substantiated by credible references and research at the graduate level.
  1. Publishing
    Sejong Society, in collaboration with the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS, will edit and publish final papers as part of YPPS 2015. Papers will be available to a wide audience in Washington, D.C. Final papers will be published in mid-2015.

Submitting a Proposal

Interested authors should submit:

  • A single-spaced, 1-page proposal of providing details on the paper and topic. The proposal must include the following:(a) Objective (what the research seeks to achieve)
    (b) Purpose (why the topic should be explored)
    (c) Context/background
    (d) Anticipated relevance or anticipated impact of study
    (e) Research approach
  • Proposal should include:
    • Full Name
    • Age
    • Email Address
    • Telephone
    • Affiliated Institution or employer
    • CV/Resume

Sejong Society will be accepting proposals until January 4, 2015. Submit proposals to: ypps@sejongsocietywdc.org.

“The ABCs of North Korea’s SEZs,” by Andray Abrahamian

Cover of "The ABCs of North Korea's SEZs," by Andray AbrahamianIn recent years, North Korea has put greater emphasis on economic growth, resuming economic experimentation and putting in place new measures to try to attract foreign investment. More and more, Pyongyang seems to be placing its bets on developing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to serve as the main engine of that desired growth. While an SEZ strategy is hardly new for the North, the establishment of new SEZ laws and specialized zone development plans seem to indicate a better understanding of what it takes to attract foreign investors.

In this new USKI Report, Andray Abrahamian, Executive Director of Choson Exchange, examines the political and economic drivers of North Korea’s SEZ development policy and its established zones, and spotlights SEZs with the greatest growth potential. Abrahamian also draws insight from site visits and discussions with North Korean officials, businesspersons and academics to further explore the limitations, challenges and opportunities for North Korea’s new and planned SEZs.

Download the USKI Report, “The ABCs of North Korea’s SEZs,” by Andray Abrahamian.

Seeking Program & Research Interns

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is seeking program and research interns for immediate hire and for the upcoming spring semester. Multiple positions are open, duties will vary. Current areas of research include: North Korea political, economic, and social development, North Korean WMD issues, US-ROK nuclear cooperation, US-ROK cooperation in Southeast Asia, US-ROK cooperation nuclear security, US foreign policy to both Koreas, energy security cooperation in Northeast Asia, ROK renewable energy policies, and more. Candidates with a background in security and Asia issues preferred for immediate open positions.

Interns generally are asked to do a variety of tasks including research assistance, event attendance and reporting, logistical support for events and projects, and other things as necessary. They may work with USKI staff and/or Visiting Scholars on various projects.

Successful candidates should have an interest in Korea and/or East Asia policy and be at least a sophomore in college or higher; graduate students and post-grads are encouraged to apply. Foreign language skills are a plus, but not necessary. Strong writing and editing skillls are preferred. Must be able to multitask, prioritize, meet deadlines, and work well both independently and in small groups.

USKI internships are unpaid and interns are expected to work at least 4 days a week.

To apply, please email cover letter, resume and short writing sample to Jenny Town, Assistant Director at jtown2@jhu.edu. Only those chosen for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

The ABCs of North Korean SEZs

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 – The ABCs of North Korean SEZs

The 20th Anniversary of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework

On the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework, the US-Korea Institute at SAIS invites you to join us in a special program to remember the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, which brought about this historic agreement, and discussion of policy options for the US, South Korea and Japan for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and WMD programs now and in the future.

Featuring: 

  • Stephen Bosworth, Chairman, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, former KEDO Executive Director, US Ambassador to Republic of Korea
  • Robert Gallucci, former Ambassador At-Large and Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
  • Sung-Joo Han,Chairman, International Policy Studies Institute of Korea (IPSIKOR), former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
  • James Laney,  former US Ambassador to Republic of Korea
  • Yukio Takeuchi, former Justice, Supreme Court of Japan, former Vice Foreign Minister, Japan

Discussants:

  • Thomas Hubbard, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
  • Dan Poneman, former Senior Director for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls, National Security Council and Deputy Secretary of Energy
  • Gary Samore, Executive Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • General Gary E. Luck, former Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command (Korea)/Combined Forces Command/US Forces Korea

And moderated by Joel S. Wit, Senior Fellow, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, former Agreed Framework Coordinator

This program is free and open to the public and press. For more information to RSVP, visit here.

Awkward Engagement: Reflections on Doctors Without Borders’ Work in North Korea

Wednesday, Oct 22, 2014 – Awkward Engagement: Reflections on Doctors Without Borders’ Work in North Korea

The 20th Anniversary of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework

Monday, Oct 20, 2014 – The 20th Anniversary of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework