• Professor
  • Faculty & Staff

Kwon, Manhak

Contact Information

• Office: Room 408, International Studies Building
• Phone: 031-201-2337
• E-mail: mhkwon@khu.ac.kr

Areas of Expertise

Research Interests
• Inter-Korean Relations, Northeast Asian Security, South Korean Political Ecomony

Courses Taught
• South Korean Political Economy, Third World Politics, Inter-Korean Relations, South Korea¡¯s External Relations


• Ph.D. in Political Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1988
• M.A. in Political Science, University of Texas at Austin, 1983
• B.A. in International Relations, Seoul National University, 1980

Professional Experience

• March 20, 2015 – March 20, 2017: President, Korean Peninsula Forum
• Jun. 1, 2010 – Feb. 28, 2011: Director, Research Institute for Social Sciences and Policy, Kyung Hee University
• Feb. 1, 2008 – Jan 31, 2009: Visiting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania
• Jan. 1, 2007 – Dec 31, 2007: Vice President, Korean Political Science Association
• Feb. 1, 2005 – Aug. 31, 2008: Member, Advisory Council, Korea Economic Institute of America, USA
• Jan. 1, 2005 – Dec. 31, 2005: Vice President, Korean Association of International Studies
• Dec. 20, 2002 – Jan. 30, 2005: Dean, College of Management and International Relations, Kyung Hee University
• Dec. 20, 2002 – Jan. 30, 2005: Director, Center for Asia-Pacific Studies, Kyung Hee University
• Feb. 1, 2000 – Jan. 31, 2001: Visiting Scholar, University of California, Berkeley
• Mar. 1, 1998 – Feb. 28, 1999: Member, Presidential Commission on Policy Planning
• Sep. 1, 1987 – May 31, 1988: Visiting Professor, Texas A&M University, USA

Selected Publications

• ¡°Co-operation Offers a Way Out for China, the US and North Korea,¡± Global Asia (Summer 2016, Vol. 11, No. 2).
• ¡°Emergence of China and South Korea¡¯s Strategic Response,¡± Paper presented at the Korean Peninsula Forum¡¯s Conference on ¡°Great Transformation in Northeast Asia,¡± held at the Press Center, Seoul (March 28, 2011).
• ¡°North Korea Policy of Park Geun-hye Government and Inter-Korean Relations,¡± Paper presented at the Korean Peninsula Forum¡¯s Conference on ¡°Towards Improving Inter-Korean Relations,¡± held at the Press Center, Seoul (March 20, 2015).
• ¡°North Korean Nuclear Issue and Korea-Japan Cooperation,¡± Kokusaikankegenkyu, No. 28 (Mishima, Japan: Nihon University, 2008). Japanese.
• ¡°Altruism and South-North Korean Relations,¡± Gendaitsugokuzijo, No. 18 (Mishima, Japan: Nihon University, 2008). Japanese.• ¡°Political Economy of East Asia and U.S. Relations,¡± Paper presented at the East Asia Cooperation Forum on ¡°East Asia and the US in Flux,¡± hosted by the Renmin University of China (November 10-11, 2007, Beijing).
• ¡°Six Party Talks and South Korea-Japan Cooperation,¡± Paper presented at the Fourth South Korea-Japan Policy Dialogue hosted by Sejong Institute (Conference Room, Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tokyo: August 18, 2007). Korean.
• ¡°International Relations between East Asia and U.S.,¡± Paper presented at the International Conference hosted by Asahi Shimbun, Dong-A Daily, and China¡¯s Institute of Modern International Relations (May 19-21, 2006, Tokyo, Japan). Korean.
• ¡°Where Does Northeast Asia Fit in Bush Administration Foreign Policy?¡± Paper presented at the Annual Symposium on ¡®New Paradigms for Trans-pacific Collaboration,¡¯ hosted by the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) and the Korea Economic Institute (KEI), in cooperation with the University of Washington (October 16-18, 2005, Seattle, Washington)
• ¡°Inter-Korean Rapprochement and Regional Peace-Building¡± Paper presented at the Korean-German Symposium at the Frankfurt Book Fair 2005, co-hosted by Korean Organizing Committee for the Guest of Honor Frankfurt Book Fair (KOGAF), Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Die ZEIT, German PEN Center, and Frankfurt Book Fair (October 15-16, 2005, Frankfurt, Germany)
• ¡°Politics over Northeast Asian Security¡±(in Japanese), in Research Institute of International Relations (ed.), Nihon University, American Influences in Northeast Asia(Shizuoka, Japan, 2004). Korean.
• ¡°Inter-Korean Relations since the June 15 Joint Communique,¡± presented at South-North Korean Unification Conference (Pyongyang: People¡¯s Cultural Palace, March 26-27, 2003). Korean.
• ¡°Inter-Korean Rapprochement and Regional Implications,¡± presented at an international conference hosted by the Institut fur Asienkunde (Hamburg) et al.(Berlin, Oct 21, 2002)
• ¡°Pathways from State Socialism and North Korea¡±(in Korean), Korean Political Science Review, Vol. 35, No. 4 (2001)