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Throughout the past half century, from the Cold War era to today, the HUFS Institute of Russian Studies (IRS) has been engaged in a systematic research program in Russian studies, spanning a wide range of areas including politics, economics and culture. The IRS has therefore come to be recognized as holding an unparalleled position in Korea for research on a comprehensive range of topics connected to Russia.

For the past eight years, we at the IRS have been working on the "Reconstructing Dimensions of Russian Humanities: A Korean Perspective" project as part of the government-funded Humanities Korea initiative. One of the many research outputs of the project includes a study on 85 federal subjects of Russia, which serves as an essential resource for in-depth research on the country.

Moving forward, it is time for us to consider how to build upon the foundation which has already been laid through regional studies and forge a new direction, given the ever-increasing political and economic uncertainties of world affairs.

On the surface, great progress has been made in bilateral relations between Korea and Russia; however, some have pointed out that these relations lack substance. Is there any way of addressing these concerns? Until now, the IRS has certainly played its role as an institute asking the "What happened?" kinds of questions.

But the times we live in demand a more active stance: a mission to search out answers for our times on behalf of the country. To carry out this mission, we will strive to become a strategic institute dedicated to Korea-Russia relations, which seeks to describe not only what happened in the past, but also to look into the future and provide answers to the "What to do?" kinds of questions, acting as an indispensable think-tank for the country.

Thank you


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