The Institute of Russian Studies at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies was established as the Institute of the Soviet Union and East European Issues on January 13, 1972 in Seoul. In those days, the international community was dominated by cold war ideology, which made any communication or exchange between the Republic of Korea and the Communist bloc virtually impossible. The IRS was the first research center that began collecting and examining periodicals from the Soviet Union, North Korea, and other socialist states. Being the only Soviet Union and East European Issues research institute in Korea, the IRS was able to obtain an unrivaled position in this field. In a country where little research was being conducted on socialism, the IRS exerted a strong influence on the direction of these studies, leading the discourse on communism. From the early 1990s the IRS began to narrow its research subjects to Russia and the CIS region. Concentrated studies on the economies, politics, societies and cultures of the CIS region and Russia became the focus of the Institute. In 1993, the Institute officially changed its name to the Institute of Russian Studies, and in July of 1999, due to space constraints, the IRS relocated to Hankuk University’s Global Campus in Yongin.

The IRS regularly invites distinguished scholars from Russia and other parts of the world to give special talks.
Invited speakers come from diverse academic fields, including politics, economics, and literature.


Korea-Russia Cooperation from the Perspective of New Northern Policy: Evaluation and Challenges of the First Korea-Russia Think Tank Network Conference

Korea-Russia Cooperation from the Perspective of New Northern Policy at the 1st Korea-Russia Think Tank Network Conference: Evaluation and Challenges


Our University's Russia Research Institute (Director: Pyo Sang-yong) is carrying out a project to build a Korea-Russia Think Tank Network hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Hanyang University's Asia-Pacific Research Center and Eurasia Policy Research Institute.


As the first event, a seminar was held jointly with the Russian International Affairs Commission (RIAC) under the theme of "Korea-Russia Cooperation from the Perspective of New Northern Policy: Evaluation and Tasks." The conference, which was held at the National Diplomatic Academy's conference room on Thursday, was attended by 16 Russian and Korean experts over two sessions aimed at promoting international cooperation between Russia and South Korea, discussing Korea's achievements and future challenges, and finding a more advanced approach.



At the opening ceremony, Russian Ambassador to Korea Andrey Kulik delivered a speech following the opening speech of National Diplomat Hong Hyun-ik and the welcoming speech of Russian International Affairs Committee (RIAC). In the first session, Korea's presentation on the assessment, geopolitical conditions and prospects of the New Northern Policy and Russia's position were discussed. In the second session, Korea-Russia logistics cooperation, health care, and digital innovation industries were discussed under the theme of new areas of Korea-Russia cooperation and future tasks of the New Northern Policy.



The Russian Institute will hold international symposiums with the Moscow University of International Relations (MGIMO), the Institute of World Economics and International Relations (IMEMO) and the Higher School of Economics.


Korea-Russia Digital Economy Cooperation and Renewable Energy

(3rd Seminar) Future of Northeast Asia and Korea-Russia Cooperation

(Seminar 4) Cooperation between Korea and Russia in non-traditional fields


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