Mission Statement

The Asan Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, non-partisan think tank with the mandate to undertake policy-relevant research to foster domestic, regional, and international environments conducive to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula, as well as Korean reunification.


The Asan Institute for Policy Studies was founded by Dr. Chung Mong Joon, honorary chairman and a seven-term member of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea, on February 11, 2008. We currently have 17 full-time research fellows, 20 program officers and 32 regular staff members. The institute conducts research in national security and foreign policy, area studies, public opinion and domestic politics, social science methodology, and global governance. The Asan Institute has also launched a monthly E-journal in 2013, The Asan Forum, for in-depth interpretation of rapid changes across the Asia-Pacific region. The Asan Academy, a special fellowship program to train the future generation of leaders in Korea, was also established by the institute in 2012.


The Asan Plenum is the annual gathering of leading national security and foreign policy experts from around the globe. In addressing the most pressing challenges facing the world, the Asan Plenum aims to impact the policy making process and enable the global community to better deal with the challenges it faces. The “conversational” format of the Plenum will allow for maximum interaction among the panelists and participants.

Bi-monthly E-Journal

The Asan Forum

The Asan Forum is an online publication, to best preserve the continuity and interactivity of live debates, while taking advantage of the extraordinary reach that the technology affords us.

The Asan Forum aims to bring together scholars and policy experts from across the region and disciplines. The aim is not simply to seek diversity of views; it is to harness the intellectual synergy created when perspectives compete, and more importantly, complement each other. We named it a Forum, like our signature conferences, because it is about exchanging insights and finding the best practices for the challenges that our region faces.

The Asan Forum consists of the following in addition to opinion pieces and reviews:

    • “Country Reports” are filed by our local editors from Korea, China, Japan, and Russia, who provide monthly synopses of country specific issues that are often overlooked by the global media.
    • “Open Forum” is reserved for fresh ideas that bring non-traditional, disruptive perspectives to the table. It is only fitting that we start off the section with a piece by Stephen Krasner of Stanford University, about the effects of unforeseen disruptions to the global system.
    • “Special Forum” focuses on pertinent and timely topics chosen by the Editorial Board. “Cold War II?” is the inaugural topic for the section, with the contributions from Michishita Narushige of the National Graduate Institute of Policy Studies, Scott Harold of the RAND Corporation, Rex Li of Liverpool John Moores University, Stephen Blank of American Foreign Policy Council, and Zhu Feng of Peking University.

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