AKPS Membership Application and Update

AKPS operates largely on your membership dues. Your timely remission of membership dues is essential for the Association's operation. If you have not paid for current membership fee, please send a check ($500 for lifetime membership, $40 for professors, $20 for graduate students) payable to AKPS and mail to:

Taehyun Nam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Political Science
Salisbury University
1101 Camden Ave.
Salisbury, MD 21801

Tel: 410-677-5360
Fax: 410-548-3002

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Call for ISA Panel or Paper Proposals


Call for ISA 2018 Annual Convention Panel and Paper Submissions
April 4-7, San Francisco, CA

The Association of Korean Political Studies (AKPS) is seeking panel or paper proposals, as well as volunteers to serve as panel chairs or discussants for the International Studies Association 2018 Convention to be held on April 4-7 in San Francisco, California. At the 2018 ISA conference, the AKPS will at least host three panels, each of which contains five papers (15 papers in total). We welcome a range of topics pertaining to the Korean peninsula and the wider region. Topics of particular interest this year include, but are not limited to: South Korean democracy, South Korea’s foreign policy, North Korea’s nuclear/missile standoff, North Korean economy, North Korean politics and human rights, U.S.-South Korea-Japan triangular relations, and South Korea-China/Japan bilateral relations. All proposals should be submitted to the AKPS-ISA program chair, Dr. Yangmo Ku at by the deadline of June 1st, 2017. Each proposal should have no more than 200 words.  
Annoucement from AKPS President
Dear Officers and Board Members of AKPS,

I hope this mail finds you and your family well. This tumultuous year is finally coming to an end. And the unprecedented events of Korean politics are pushing us to think harder about the future of Korean democracy. 

I have received two very timely and exciting suggestions regarding the AKPS panels at 2017 APSA and 2017 KAIS World Congress. For your background information, please refer to the information below:

2017 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition
August 31 - September 3, 2017
San Francisco, CA
Call for Submissions Now Open
Submit Your Proposal

Closes January 9, 2017
March 13: Proposal Notifications Sent
March 31: Deadline for Affiliated Event Request (business meetings & receptions) and Working Group Applications
June 26: Deadline for revision to final printed program
Call for Papers
The World Congress for Korean Politics and Society 2017 
"Rebuilding Trust in Peace and Democracy"
Dates: June 22(Thu) – 24(Sat), 2017
Venue: Yonsei University, Shinchon, Seoul, Republic of Korea
Proposal Submission Due: 
January 31(Tuesday), 2017

As for the first conference, our Vice President, Professor HeeMin Kim, has volunteered to organize the AKPS panel. The suggested panel theme is "Corruption and Impeachment: The Future of Korean Democracy." He is going to draft CFP by mid January and our secretary, Professor Yoonkyung Lee, is going to circulate it to our members. 
In addition to the potential abstracts on our way, Prof. Kim is asking the board members and officers for nominations. He is planning to contact the nominees in person to solicit their participation. A large number of submissions will be very helpful for three reasons: first, I will compile the statistics (such as the rejection rate and the number of panel audience) and appeal to the APSA Executive Board to increase the number of AKPS panels; second, this will help us select very competitive papers which will draw a large audience at the  2017 APSA; and finally, the high quality submissions will help us to compile competitive papers for a journal special edition (e.g., Asian Survey [SSCI], Korea Journal [SCOPUS, A&HCI; about 7-9 papers], etc.), an edited volume (e.g., university press strong in Asian/Korean studies; 9-11 chapters) and an eventual Korean edition (9-11 chapters).     

As for the second conference, our Treasurer, Prof. Nam, has volunteered to organize the AKPS panel(s). His suggested panel theme is "(Il-)legitimacy of the Park government." He is going to draft CFP and the AKPS will circulate it to our members as well. It is important for us to provide more career opportunities for our members. I would like to thank Prof. Nam for this initiatives.

Given thematically similar conceptualization between the two conference panels, I would like us to adopt a two-track strategy. That is to solicit and organize panel papers separately. But when it comes to select papers for publication opportunities, we will pool the papers from the two combined sources. I also would like to suggest us to use "Association of Korean Studies" as the editor of potentially forthcoming publications. 
I would like to welcome your opinions and comments on these ideas. 

Thanks & Regards,

Mikyoung Kim
Call for manuscripts
Pacific Focus invites submission of original manuscripts. The journal’s remit is to represent the wide range of research interests covering security, regionalism, environment, migration, civil society, and multi-culturalism in the Asia-Pacific region. PF is a peer-reviewed journal published three times a year (April, August & December) by the Center for International Studies, Inha University, Korea and the Wiley-Blackwell Publishing, USA. PF is indexed and abstracted in the Social Sciences Citation Index, Social Scisearch, Journal Citation Reports/Social Sciences Edition. Submitted manuscripts should be original pieces of work that have not been published in other places or not currently on offer 3 to another publisher.
Submitted manuscripts should be 7,000-10,000 words in length, including footnotes. Also include in your submission an author's Bio-data (less than 100 words), an abstract (150-250 words), Keywords (5-10 words), and References (less than 2 pages). For submission guidelines, refer to the journal’s website at For manuscript submission or inquiries, please contact Professor Seung-Ho Joo, Associate Editor for North America by phone (320-589-6203) or by e-mail (

Ha, Eunyoung (Claremont Graduate University) and Melissa Rogers. “What’s Left to Tax? Partisan Reallocation of Trade Taxation in Less Developed Countries.”, Political Research Quarterly.
---------- and Nicholas Cain. “Who Governs or How They Govern: Testing the Impact of Democracy, Ideology and Globalization on the Well Being of the Poor?” Social Science Journal (available online 9 March 2017)
Joo, Seung-Ho (University of Minnesota, Morris) and Tae-Hwan Kwak (Eastern Kentucky University), eds. 2017. One Korea: Vision of Korean Unification. NY: Routledge.
Kim, Mikyoung Kim (IPSA Human Rights Research Committee Chair) and Jae-Jung Suh, eds. 2017. Compressed Modernization, Deepening Risks: The Sinking of the Sewol and South Korea. London and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Mikyoung Kim, Routledge Handbook of Memory and Reconciliation in East Asia (New York and London: Routledge, October 2015)
Ku, Yangmo Ku (Norwich University). 2017. “Spear versus Shield? North Korea’s Nuclear Path and Challenges to the NPT System” in North Korea and Nuclear Weapons: Entering the New Era of Deterrence, edited by Sung Chull Kim and Michael D. Cohen. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 179-194.
Lee, Chong-Sik (University of Pennsylvania) and Robert A. Scalapino (deceased, University of California, Berkeley). 2017. Revised edition of North Korea: Building of the Monolithic State. Seoul: KHU Press.
Lee, Yoonkyung (University of Toronto). 2017. “Roads Untraveled: Redefining “democracy” through the 2016 protest movement in Korea” Analyses and Alternatives 1-1: 17-30
You, Jong-sung (Australian National University). 2016. “Corruption and Inequality in Asia,” Routledge Handbook on Corruption in Asia edited by Ting Gong and Ian Scott. NY: Routledge, 97-112.

(*Forthcoming items are excluded from the list below to avoid information in duplicate.)

서재정 "[세상 읽기] 전승기념일과 아시아 평화." 한겨레 (2015.09.02) 
Choi, Ji Young “Rationality, Norms, and Identity in International Relations,” International Politics, Vol.  52, No. 1   (2015): 110-127.
Ha, Eunyoung, and Myung-koo Kang. 2015 “Government Responses to Financial Crisis: Identifying Patterns and Policy Origins.” World Development. 68: 264-281.
Ha, Eunyoung, and Christopher Hwang* 2015. “The US-North Korea Geneva Agreement: Strategic Choices and Credible Commitments.” North Korea Review. Spring 2015: 7-23.
Ha, Eunyoung and Julia Kim. 2015. “Global Inequality.” In Encounters with World Affairs: An Introduction to International Relations. London: Ashgate Publishing Special issue of Asian Perspective Volume 39, Issue 2 (April-June 2015)
Suh, Jae-Jung. “Korea's Democracy After the Cheonan Incident: The Military, the State, and Civil Society Under the Division System.”
You, Jong-sung. “The Cheonan Incident and the Declining Freedom of Expression in South Korea.”
Nam, Taehyun. “Rallying Around the Flag or Crying Wolf? Contentions over the Cheonan Incident.”
Ku, Yangmo. “Transitory or Lingering Impact? The Legacies of the Cheonan Incident in Northeast Asia.”
Ilpyong Kim, “My Memoir,” a series of weekly columns, The Professors News ( (also see
Mikyoung Kim. 2013. "Human Rights, Memory and Reconciliation: Korea-Japan Relations," The Asia-Pacific Journal, Vol. 11, Issue 10, No. 2, March 11 (
_________. 2013. “Editorial: On Korean Memory,” Memory Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2 (April): 125-129 (
_________. 2013. “The Changing Faces of Heroines: Korean Women in Folklore,” Memory Studies, Vol. 6, No. 2 (April): 218-23 ( content/ abstract/6/2/218).
_________. 2013. “Reading the Current Trend: The Modern Interpretation of Chosun Diplomatic Procession [Ima’wo Yomu: Chosen Tsushinshi’no Gendai’teki Gigi],” The Chugoku Shimbun, April 29 (in Japanese). ( mediacenter/article.php?story=2013043015135827_ja)
__________.  2013. “Post-3/11 Japan,” The Korea Times, March 17.
_____________. 2012. “Embracing Asia: Japan’s Expat Politics,” in Young Shik Bong and T. J. Pempel (eds.), Japan in Crisis (Seoul: Asan Policy Institute), pp. 163-194.
_________________. 2012. “Politics of Reconciliation: Preparing for the post-Unification Era [Hwahae’eui Jungchi: Tongil’ihu’rul Junbihagi],” Korea Policy, December 19: 52-55 (in Korean).
________________. 2012. “Diplomatic procession as world heritage,” The Korea Times, October 21, 2012. ( _122769.html).
Chong-Sik Lee, Park Chung-Hee: From Poverty to Power (Seoul: The Kyung Hee University Press, 2013; a reprint of 2012 Amazon Kindle version).
               , "21segi e Dashi Bonun Haebang Husa” [Post Liberation History as Seen at the 21th Century] (Seoul: The Kyung Hee University Press, 2012).
Taedong Lee. 2013. “Global Cities and Transnational Climate Change Networks.” Global Environmental Politics 13 (1): 108-127.
Yoonkyung Lee, “Teaching Korean Politics through Cinema,” Education about Asia 18-1 (2013): 54-57
______________, “Rethinking about Comparative Research on East Asian Labor Politics,” Taiwanese Sociology 24 (December 2012): 219-223.
              ______________, “Labor Movements in Democratized Korea: An Old or New Social Movement?” in Contemporary South Korean Reader: A Critical Perspective edited by Hee-Yeon Cho, Lawrence Surendra and Hyo-Je Cho (Routledge, 2012), p.197-208.
______________, “I do not agree with what you have to say but…: Myths and Realities of Democracy in Korea,” the Korea National Strategy Institute (April 4, 2013), (in Korean).
Han S. Park, Regan Damron and Jon Polk, eds., North Korea Demystified (Cambria Press, 2012).
Kyung-Ae Park and Scott Snyder, eds., North Korea in Transition: Politics, Economy, and Society (Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2013).
Jae Hyeok Shin, "Electoral System Choice and Parties in New Democracies: Lessons from the Philippines and Indonesia," published in Party Politics in Southeast Asia: Clientelism and Electoral Competition in Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, edited by Dirk Tomsa and Andreas Ufen. Milton Park, Abingdon, Oxon; New York: Routledge. 2013.
Jong-sung You, “Transition from a Limited Access Order to an Open Access Order: The Case of South Korea.” In In the Shadow of Violence: The Problem of Development for Limited Access Order Societies, edited by Douglas North, John Wallis, Steve Webb, and Barry Weingast (Cambridge and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
Zhiqun Zhu, “N Korea is a US-China problem,” Taipei Times, March 11, 2013.

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