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All-Party Parliamentary Group on North Korea
APPG seeks to promote relations between the United Kingdom and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and their parliaments; to support human rights; and to promote democratic government.
Arirang Institute
The Arirang Institute believes that through direct contact, communication and dialogue of all parties involved, that we will one day see the dissolution of the DMZ and a train from Busan, to Seoul, Seoul to Pyongyang, to Russia, all the way to Europe, will exist and the Silk Road of generations past will cradle a prosperity and peace for generations to come.
Arms Control Association
The Arms Control Association is a national nonpartisan membership organization dedicated to promoting public understanding of and support for effective arms control policies. This link directs to its North Korea country page.
Asan Institute for Policy Studies
The Asan Institute for Policy Studies is an independent, non-partisan think tank with the mandate to undertake policy-relevant research to foster domestic, regional, and international environments that are conducive to peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and Korean Unification.
Asia Institute
The Asia Institute provides an objective space wherein a significant discussion on current trends in technology, international relations, the economy and the environment can be carried out.
Asia Pacific Research Center
ARPC is affiliated with Hanyang University and conducts research, provides information and education, publishes, and conductes domestic and foreign academic exchanges on the Asia-Pacific region (China, Russia, Central Asia, Caucasus, North Korea, USA, Japan, APEC, etc.)
Asiatic Research Institute
ARI at Korea University aims to present a new vision of East Asian studies befitting the twenty-first century by reinforcing its tradition of inter-disciplinary research and producing solid research results.
Brookings Institution
Brookings Institution is an American nonprofit, nonpartisan, public policy think tank. The link opens to Brookings' North Korea page, listing research and commentary.
Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
The Carnegie Endowment's website about the Korean Peninsula, where experts assess the proliferation risk North Korea's nuclear program poses. Experts also asses the policy options available as the global community gains a better understanding of the program.
Center for Free Enterprise
CFE is a public policy research institute that is devoted to the maintenance of individual liberties and promotion of free market policies.
Center for International Studies
CIS at SNU conducts research on international relations through interdisciplinary studies, contributing to the understanding of international affairs and the formulation of international policies.
Center for New American Security
The mission of CNAS is to develop strong, pragmatic and principled national security and defense policies. Building on the expertise and experience of its staff and advisors, CNAS engages policymakers, experts and the public with innovative, fact-based research, ideas and analysis to shape and elevate the national security debate.
Center for Strategic and International Studies
CSIS is a bipartisan think tank focused on international affairs. This link directs to the CSIS Korea Chair.
Chatham House
Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, is an independent policy institute based in London. Our mission is to help build a sustainably secure, prosperous and just world.
Citizens' Alliance for North Korean Human Rights
HRNK is the world's first and oldest NGO devoted fully to the advancement of human rights in North Korea.
Committee for Human Rights in North Korea
HRNK’s research and outreach activities document the North Korean regime’s human rights violations, vast system of political prisons and labor camps, criminally unjust distribution of access to food and goods, and the plight of refugees.
Council on Foreign Relations
Council on Foreign Relations is an American, nonpartisan, foreign policy think tank. This link directs to CFR's North Korea page.
Daily NK
Daily NK is a defector run news organization that reports on North Korea.
Database Center for North Korean Human Rights
NKDB has been collecting data, performing research and analysis related to human rights violations in North Korea.
East Asia Institute
The East Asia Institute was established as an independent think-tank dedicated to developing ideas and formulating policy recommendations on the main challenges facing the region.
East-West Center
The East-West Center promotes better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue.
European Alliance for Human Rights in North Korea
Founded with a guiding mission to understand how and why North Korea’s human rights tragedy has persisted and to propose solutions as to how it could be addressed, EAHRNK formed a small group in the United Kingdom and across Europe to formulate theories for change.
Ewha Institute of Unification Studies
The Ewha Institute of Unification Studies was founded as the research center of Graduate School of North Korean Studies to study issues regarding North Korea and the Unification of the two Koreas.
Free North Korea Radio
Free North Korea Radio is a broadcasting organization dedicated to the democratization of North Korea.
Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies
FSI is a university-wide research and education institution at Stanford devoted to understanding the problems, policies, and processes that cross international borders and affect lives around the world.
Friedrich Naumann Stiftung
FNF is a foundation for ideas on liberty and training in freedom. It wants to contribute to the furtherance of the principle of freedom in human dignity in all sectors of society in the united Germany as well as together with partners abroad.
Han Voice
Han Voice seeks to mobilize empowered and informed Canadians to affect change in the lives of North Koreans through humanitarian aid and promoting human rights.
Hanns Seidel Foundation
"In the service of democracy, peace and development" – this is the motto that describes the work and mission of the Hanns Seidel Foundation. This maxim applies not only to its commitment in Germany - especially in Bavaria - but also abroad.
Heritage Foundation
The Heritage Foundation is a think tank whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies. This link directs to its North Korea page.
Hyundai Research Institute
HRI seeks to create world-class knowledge.
Ilmin International Relations Institute
IIRI is committed to promoting international exchange and cooperation and offering suitable diplomatic initiatives while fostering the kind of talented people that are in demand in this globalized world.
Institute for Disarmament and Peace
IDP is a North Korean think tank that is affiliated with the DPRK's Ministry of Foreign Affairs. (a working link is currently unavailable)
Institute for Far Eastern Studies
IFES is affiliated with Kyungnam University and seeks to promote peace and unification of Korea through scholarly contributions focusing on the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia.
Institute for International Strategic Studies
IISS was founded with a focus on nuclear deterrence and arms control. Today, it is also renowned for its annual Military Balance assessment of countries' armed forces and for its high-powered security summits, including the Shangri-La Dialogue.
Institute for National Security Strategy
INSS is a government-funded public research institute that seeks to address a wide range of in-depth policy alternatives in regards to diplomacy, national security, economic policy and inter-Korean issues.
Institute for Peace Affairs
IPA was created to embody the prospect of unification through a variety of research and contribute to peace in Northeast Asia by increasing the effectiveness of business through cooperation.
Institute for Peace and Unification Studies
IPUS conducts research projects not only focusing on inter-Korean relations and reunification issues but also on peace studies in general and their relevance to the complex peaceless situation on the Korean Peninsula.
Institute for Science and International Security
The Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) is a non-profit, non-partisan institution dedicated to informing the public about science and policy issues affecting international security. This link directs to its Korean Peninsula page.
Institute for Security Development Policy
ISDP is dedicated to expanding understanding of international affairs, focusing on the inter-relationship between security, conflict, and development.
Institute of East and West Studies
IEWS at Yonsei University is a research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, social science and cultural life — both domestic and foreign — as well as international affairs.
Institute of East and West Studies
IEWS at Yonsei University is a research center devoted to the advanced study of politics, economics, social science and cultural life — both domestic and foreign — as well as international affairs.
Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security
As one of Korea’s top foreign policy and security think tanks, IFANS is primarily responsible for conducting research on and analysis of the government’s mid to long-term foreign policy and diplomatic strategy and developing policy recommendations on pending diplomatic issues.
Institute of North Korean Studies
INKS conducts research to help others better understand North Korea and to support unification of the Korean peninsula.
Institute of the Humanities for Unification
IHU approaches the question of the reunification of Korea from the three perspectives of humanities, namely thought-ideology, epic of emotions, and lived-culture.
International Crisis Group
The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict.
Jeju National University Peace Institute
The Jeju National University Peace Institute researches how a peaceful and prosperous Korean peninsula can contribute to peace in East Asia.
Jeju Peace Institute
JPI was founded with three goals: to promote the vision of Northeast Asia as a region of unity and cooperation, to raise Jeju's stature as an Island of World Peace, and to become a leading organization in peace research and programs throughout Asia and the world.
Justice for North Korea
JFNK is an all-volunteer, non-partisan, grassroots organization. Our members are united in our intense desire to assist the North Korean people.
Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute
KAERI is the first science and technology research institute in Korea to be mandated to achieve energy self-reliance through nuclear technology.
Korea Development Institute
KDI is a leading economic think tank that seeks to maximize its organizational capacity to become an international policy institute that serves as a compass for economic policymakers.
Korea Economic Institute
KEI works to broaden and deepen understanding among Americans about developments in Korea and the value of the U.S.-Korea relationship.
Korea Foundation
KF's objective is to promote a better understanding of Korea in the global community and strengthen friendships between Korean and other countries.
Korea Institute for Defense Analysis
KIDA takes responsibility for supporting policymakers by providing specialized and rational analyses on all defense issues.
Korea Institute for International Economic Policy
KIEP is a leading institute the studies the international economy and its relationship with Korea. KIEP advises the government on all major international economic policy issues and serves as a warehouse of information on Korea’s international economic policies.
Korea Institute for National Unification
KINU's mission is to contribute to the national unification policy through systemic research and analysis on issues regarding national unification and the rebuilding of a national community.
Korea Institute of Nuclear Nonproliferation and Control
KINAC was established to maintain the efficient implementation of safeguards, export/import controls and securities related to nuclear facilities and materials.
Korea Peace Institute
Korea Peace Institute was established to the cut red tape of the left-right extreme ideological confrontations and provide dispassionate analyses on many issues we will confront upon entering into a new post-Cold War era in order to produce detailed and practical advice.
Korea Research Institute for Strategy
KRIS is a research institute that analyzes national security and defense topics.
Korea Rural Economic Institute
KREI hopes to earn stature as the top national research institute trusted by the people by leading the development of agriculture, rural communities, and the food industry.
Kyungbuk National University Peace Research Institute
PRI researches and analyzes peaceful unification of the Korean peninsula.
Liberty in North Korea
Liberty in North Korea is a global movement standing with the North Korean people as they face one of the biggest challenges confronting humanity today.
Mansfield Foundation
The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation promotes understanding and cooperation among the nations and peoples of Asia and the United States.
National Bureau of Asian Research
NBR conducts advanced independent research on strategic, political, economic, globalization, health, and energy issues affecting U.S. relations with Asia.
Nautilus Institute
The Nautilus Institute is a public policy think-tank addressing critical security and sustainability issues such as the United States nuclear policy in Korea and the effect of the U.S.-China relationship on environmental insecurity.
North Korea Intellectuals Solidarity
NKIS was established as a think tank that would lead the way towards unification and help create an independent defector society in South Korea.
North Korea International Documentation Project
A Woodrow Wilson Center program, NKIDP provides newly-declassified documents on the DPRK from its former allies, and provides other resources relevant to both the scholarly and policymaking communities.
North Korea Strategy Center
NKSC is a defector-led organization that utilizes its expertise to empower defectors, promote open information, and advocate for democracy and human rights in North Korea.
Nuclear Threat Initiative-Global Security Newswire
NTI's North Korea country profile page reviews the DPRK's WMD programs. Look elsewhere on the NTI site for global security newswire stories on North Korea.
Open Radio North Korea
ORNK broadcasts radio programs to North Korea while supporting true reconciliation between North and South Korea.
Peace Foundation
The Peace Foundation seeks to develop a peaceful vision for a unified Korea.
Peace Network
The Peace Network is a peace movement organization, dedicated to establishing active peace on the Korean Peninsula by working towards antiwar and antinuclear disarmament, and unification. Under the slogan of “small steps, road to peace,” we are devoted to a role as a “networker,” connecting organizations to organizations, experts to students and citizens, domestic to overseas, and government to civil society.
People for Successful Corean Reunification
PSCORE was created to advocate for the rights of North Korean people and to provide North Koreans with a platform to discuss democracy and human rights.
Research Council on Unification Policy
RCUP is building a cooperative system of unification-related institutions, by coordinating research directions and challenges to develop a unified policy toward North Korea.
Research Institute for National Security Affairs
RINSA is aimed at producing in-depth policy analyses and reports that can contribute to reducing and removing hybrid threats in the new era.
Research Institute for National Unification
RINU conducts research to support the goal of presenting a policy for unification of the Korean people.
Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights
The RFK Center strives to achieve Robert F. Kennedy's vision of a just and peaceful world by partnering with human rights leaders, teaching social justice, and advancing corporate responsibility.
Royal Asiatic Society-Korea Branch
The RASKB, a non-profit organization, aims to help people enhance their understanding of the arts, customs, history and landscapes of Korea through lectures, cultural excursions, publications and special interest groups.
Sejong Institute
The Sejong Institute is a non-profit research institute in the areas of security, national unification, and foreign affairs that is dedicated to enhancing national social development through in-depth research and training programs.
Seoul National University Asia Center
SNUAC aims to serve as a global hub for Asian studies by integrating regional and thematic research across Asia. By creating and sharing forward-thinking ideas, SNUAC contributes to Asia’s harmonious development.
Stimson Center
The Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to enhancing international peace and security through a unique combination of rigorous analysis and outreach. The Centerʼs approach is pragmatic — geared toward providing policy alternatives, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles to a more peaceful and secure world.
The Asia Foundation
The Asia Foundation is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization committed to the development of a peaceful, prosperous, just, and open Asia-Pacific region.
The Korea Society
THE KOREA SOCIETY is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization with individual and corporate members that is dedicated solely to the promotion of greater awareness, understanding and cooperation between the people of the United States and Korea.
The Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights
NKnet was founded by a group of citizens who wish to alleviate the suffering of the North Korean people and to realize universal values by promoting human rights and democracy in North Korea.
Unification Education Conference
UEC believes there is a need for a new strategic vision for reunification that recognizes the active role of the creative minority.
Yeungnam National Unification Research Institute
NURI conducts research on various aspects of unification.
Yonsei Institute for North Korean Studies
YINKS is a research institute is affiliated with Yonsei University that studies inter-Korean relations in the areas of politics, culture, and economics.
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