The Young Professionals Paper Series (YPPS) is an initiative launched under the Research Directorate of the Sejong Society of Washington, DC. The YPPS program was designed to generate original policy literature by young professionals and graduate students on issues relating to the Korean peninsula. The program provided participants with the unique opportunity to be mentored by established Korea policy experts throughout the research and writing process, and to ultimately be published in cooperation with the U.S.-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

In this first year, Sejong Society received an outstanding number of submissions after our initial call for papers, on topics ranging from nuclear security on the Korean peninsula to the effectiveness of humanitarian aid in North Korea. After a successful research exhibition by our two finalists, Jin Noh and Andrew Kwon, in December 2013, the Sejong Society and the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS are pleased to announce the inaugural publication of the Young Professionals Paper Series.

Download the full publication here: 2014 Young Professional Paper Series. Or click on the links below for individual papers.

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For other publications by new and emerging voices, see the SAIS U.S.-Korea Yearbook.

Integrating and Retaining World-Class Scholars: The Key to Innovation in Korea, by Jin Noh

Having exhausted the “catch-up” model of economic growth, South Korea has recognized the importance of developing home-grown innovation capacities. Lower-cost manufacturing [Read More]

On Understanding and Responding to the Hermit Kingdom: The Effect of Current U.S. Foreign Policy Formulation Modeling and the DPRK, by Andrew Kwon

After the death of Kim Il Sung in 1994, there was a period of uncertainty over the future of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). Based on the limited information [Read More]