Call for Papers: On Korea Journal

Date & Time: 
Fri, 12/09/2016


Call for Academic Papers on Korea

The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) is issuing a call for papers for the next round of its Academic Paper Series—a program to generate monthly academic papers and a public discussion of issues related to the Korean Peninsula and affecting the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance. KEI has commissioned over eighty papers in this series so far on a variety of topics. To read the individual papers and learn more about the series, please refer to the KEI website:–-korea.

KEI is now seeking proposals for papers to be released between February and July 2017 on original subjects of current interest to Korea watchers. Proposal topics should correspond with the interests and expertise of the author, and the description should demonstrate confidence that they would make good additions to this well-rounded series. KEI is interested in papers concerning South Korea’s domestic economy, international economic relations, or international security relations as well as innovative ideas on North Korea. Topics of particular interest this year include, but are not limited to: U.S.-South Korea cooperation on New Frontier issues, South Korea’s soft power, South Korea-ASEAN relations, China-Japan-South Korea trilateral relations, South Korea’s energy diplomacy, the marketization of the North Korean economy, and illicit financing of the North Korean nuclear program.Papers must be written exclusively for KEI, i.e., not have been presented or published previously in any form.

Authors of papers selected by KEI for the KEI Academic Paper Series will receive an honorarium of $1,500 upon completion of the editorial process and receipt of a short summary of the key insights of the paper. KEI will arrange a mutually convenient date for each author to participate in an ON-THE-RECORD public discussion of his/her selected paper at KEI conference facilities in Washington, DC with an interested audience—Korea analysts, government officials, and journalists. KEI strongly prefers the event coincide with the release of the author’s completed paper. KEI will provide travel and accommodation expenses for the discussion program.

Papers will need to be approximately 4,000–5,000 words in length.  KEI will edit, publish, and distribute finished papers as KEI Academic Papers to over 5,000 government officials, think tank experts, and scholars around the United States and the world. Individual papers will be published online to coincide with the author’s presentation date. KEI will also collate papers to become chapters in Volume 11 of On Korea, which will be published in print in the beginning of 2018.


Interested authors should submit the following information:

• Full Name

• Academic/Institutional Affiliation

• CV

• Paper Topic Proposal,which includes:

     - A description of the ideas and arguments for the paper

     - A description of the policy relevance or importance of this paper

     - A proposed outline for the paper

     - Earliest/latest date paper can be available

KEI will be accepting proposals until December 9, 2016. KEI will have all decisions made on papers by January 9, 2017. Authors of papers scheduled to present through July will be separately notified of the required submission dates. KEI will also be accepting proposals for papers to be released between September and December 2017 with a proposal deadline of June 16, 2017.  Decisions for papers to be released from September to December will be made by July 7, 2017.

Please submit your paper proposal to For any substantive questions related to the Academic Paper series, please contact Kyle Ferrier, Director of Academic Affairs and Research, at Please refrain from questions regarding how interested KEI would be in your topic or trying to gauge the likelihood you will be chosen.