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Greetings from the IFANS President

Greetings from President OH Youngju

The Institute of Foreign Affairs and National Security (IFANS) traces its beginnings to 1965, when a group of leading experts founded the Research Institute of Foreign Affairs (RIFA). The IFANS is Korea’s oldest foreign policy think tank dedicated to producing analysis focused on crucial foreign policy and national security challenges facing the country. We bring together fresh thinking and deep expertise to deliver concrete solutions that will help advance Korea’s foreign policy goals.

As Korea’s leading think tank committed to designing timely policy solutions and long-term policies to deal with pressing foreign policy challenges, we strive to bring the insights of scholarship to offer innovative ideas for realizing the long-cherished dream of building a peaceful, prosperous Korean peninsula.

Our missions include: conducting rigorous analysis of foreign policy and national security challenges; generating innovative policy solutions; providing policy advice and recommendations; and interacting with leading think tanks around the world. We publish the results of our research both online and offline to help the general public and experts from all over the world gain deeper insights into major foreign policy challenges facing Korea as well as the country’s efforts to address them.

The IFANS will endeavor to navigate through emerging diplomatic challenges with multi-layered aspects in a rapidly shifting world and formulate mid- to long-term strategies for Korean diplomacy by strengthening our research capacity and continuously redesigning our organizational structure. The IFANS will also ramp up outreach efforts to partner with other research institutes in order to enrich our expertise and better reflect Korean people’s voice.

I would like you to give the IFANS unwavering support throughout our journey as Korea’s leading think tank toward improving Korea’s global standing and advancing national interests in the coming years. Thank you.

IFANS PresidentOH YoungjuOH Youngju