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KEI Spotlight

Academic Paper Series 2013

November 30, 2012

The Korea Economic Institute (KEI) is issuing a call for papers for its 2013 Academic Paper Series—a program to generate monthly academic papers followed by a public discussion of topical issues related to the Korean Peninsula. KEI has commissioned over fifty 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 following link.

KEI is now seeking proposals for four more papers to be released between January and August 2013 on original subjects of current interest to serious Korea watchers. While all topics of current interest will be considered, suggested topics may pertain to Global Korea after Lee Myung-bak; Green Growth in Korea after Lee Myung-bak; Korea-Japan relations; the meaning of economic democratization in Korea; saving and debt in Korean society; South Korea’s official development assistance efforts; and an analysis of the 2012 South Korean presidential election. 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. Papers must be written exclusively for KEI, i.e., not have been presented or published previously in any form.

Papers will need to be approximately 4,000–5,000 words in length. KEI will edit, publish, and distribute finished reports as KEI Academic Papers to over 5,000 government officials, think tank experts, and scholars around the United States and the world. KEI will also collate and publish all of the KEI Academic Papers in a single volume on an annual basis. Papers presented will become chapters in Volume 7 of On Korea, and will be published again in the beginning of 2014.

Authors of papers selected by KEI for the KEI Academic Paper Series will receive an honorarium of $1500 upon completion of the editorial process. KEI will arrange a mutually convenient date for each author to participate in an ON-THE-RECORD public discussion at KEI conference facilities in Washington with an interested audience—Korea analysts, government officials, and journalists—of his/her selected paper, preferably during the month KEI releases the paper. KEI will provide [the equivalent of] domestic travel and accommodation expenses for the discussion program.

Interested authors should submit the following information by December 19, 2012:

• Full Name

• Academic/Institutional Affiliation

• CV

• Paper Topic Proposal, including a proposed outline, a brief explanation of the paper’s main arguments, and short description of its relevancy to KEI’s Academic Paper Series and to analysts observing Korea

• Earliest/latest date paper can be available

KEI will inform the authors of the accepted paper topics on or about Friday, December 21. KEI would like to have a paper ready for presentation by the end of January 2013. Authors of papers scheduled for distribution later in the year will be separately notified of the required submission dates.

KEI will repeat the call for Academic Papers in June 2013 for publication in the fall.

Please submit your paper proposal to For any substantive questions related to the Academic Paper series, please contact Nicholas Hamisevicz, Director of Research & Academic Affairs, at Please refrain from questions regarding how interested KEI would be in your topic or trying to gauge the likelihood you will be chosen. Proposals will not be examined on a rolling basis, but together.