Institute of Global Affairs (renamed in 2009) has been making large contributions to
the academic field of regional studies by studying diverse and dynamic nation- states and regions to foster understanding and cooperation.
Since its 1st name, 'Center for Northeast Asian Studies' in 1986, it was developed into ‘Institute of Northeast Asian Studies’ (1989), 'Institute of Asian Pacific Area Studies' (1992), 'Institute of Asian Pacific Regional Studies' (1997). IGA has been thriving to establish a humanities and materialistic research foundation which provides valuable information for the international order and policy. lnitial stage depth, from 1980 to 1990, the institution had focused upon the Northeast Asia region studies. However, the institution had performed "regional studies" only by observing the changes in Northeast Asian order and the policy after the re-unification of Korean Peninsula. After 1990, the scope of research agenda was expanded from Northeast Asia area to Asia Pacific region.
Furthermore, by maintaining academic exchanges with other world-class research institutions, IGA was able to open a new place for developing a new research paradigm on the field of regional studies. During the period of expansion, the institution has been contemplating about the role of South Korea after the post Cold War and the prospect of Northeast Asia in the upcoming 21st century. In 2009, after IGA was selected as the promising research institution for Humanity Korea under the division of Overseas Regional Studies, with its accumulated research competence opened 'East Sea Rim Research Center' and prominently conducts practical and profound theoretical regional studies about East Sea surrounded by four countries. As so, in 2011, based on the foundation of successful research outcomes, IGA was nominated as the leading research institution in the field of regional studies by the Korea National Research Foundation.
To continue, IGA in parallel with its research activities has been successfully executing practical education and training about understanding of regional order and policy and thas gaining access to the regional specialists. Such actions were part of creating place for both academic knowledge accumulation and communications between academia and civil society. To conclude, IGA will continuously exert to become one of the leading institution regional studies, which provides reliable forecast and accurate information about Northeast Asia and East Sea Rim countries.