The International Policy Studies Institute was established in January 1994. IPSI’s activities have focused on international peace and security, nuclear issues, the ROK–U.S. alliance, and North Korea policies. The institute has also strived to form close networks and relationships with a variety of scholars and experts on Northeast Asia and the Korean Peninsula. Professor Emeritus Han Sung-Joo of Korea University is the founder and chairman of the institute.
The IPSI board of directors is composed of Professor Kim Sung-han (Korea University), former Ambassador Kim Jaebum (editor of Korea Review), Dr. Cha Young-koo (Korean–American Association), Chancellor Yun Duk Min (Korea National Diplomatic Academy), Professor Lee Shin-wha (Korea University), and Professor Hong Kyu-dok (Sookmyung Women’s University).
The institute has been engaged in several research projects with the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, SAIS at Johns Hopkins University, the Pacific Forum CSIS, and other academic and research institutions on such topics as Asia-Pacific cooperation, North Korea policies, and the ROK–U.S. security arrange- ments. One of the main issues of serious discussion has been how to maintain the ROK–U.S. alliance while seeking to develop it into a comprehensive partnership com- mensurate with the post-Cold War strategic environment. As a result of these research efforts, the institute published a book on the topic of Asia-Pacific alliances in the fall of 2006.
Aside from research projects, the institute also organizes international academic seminars. Together with the Ilmin International Relations Institute, IPSI organized international conferences on the ROK–U.S. alliance in Washington, DC, in 2005; and on Asia-Pacific alliances in Honolulu in 2006. In April 2006, the Institute hosted the third ROK–Japan–U.S. Track II Policy Forum in Seoul, which was co-organized with the U.S. National Committee on American Foreign Policy and the Japan Institute of International Affairs.
In April 2009, IPSI and the Asan Institute for Policy Studies organized the fifth ROK–Japan–U.S. Policy Forum in Tokyo. Also in Tokyo, a regional meeting of the Trilateral Commission was held from December 10 to 12, 2010. IPSI has conducted a number of research service projects on international policy issues as assigned by the Korean government, the latest being a study of the implications of the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit for the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.
IPSI now is engaged in producing a memorial volume for the late Dr. Kim Kyung- Won, a former Korean ambassador to the United Nations and the United States, which is scheduled to be published in September 2013. Korea Review was launched in August 2011. Further details are available at http://ipsikor.org.