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In the Spring of 2008, students at Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), a leader of international higher education in South Korea, published the first edition of NOVAsia. Initiated by graduate students and under the guidance of the former dean, Professor Lee Chung Min, NOVAsia was born from a desire to translate the work and expertise of GSIS students and professors into a public product. The magazine has served as a platform from which East Asian academics could speak to their community and a broader public audience about pressing political, economic, cultural and historical issues.

Our content has covered every continent, and spanned from unsettled historical issues to predicting the affects of AI and weapons systems into the future. While NOVAsia covers current crises and developments across the globe, our focus remains close to home in East Asia. The rise of China, Japanese and Korean relations, and security issues on the Korean Peninsula inhabit much of our academic focus and imagination.

After thirty one issues, the magazine transitioned from print to online in the hopes of reaching a wider audience and encouraging a deeper, more diverse engagement and dialogue. We hope you will keep reading, sharing and engaging with us.

Please feel free to send us comments and pitches for articles at novasiamag at gmail dot com



Meet the Team

Nate Kerkhoff


Nate Kerkhoff is the editor-in-chief of NOVAsia and is in his fourth semester with the publication. His hometown is Overland Park, Kansas and he studied international relations at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During his time at GSIS, he has been associated with various organizations, including the UniKorea Foundation, the North Korea Review, and the Daily NK. He also worked at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. His articles have appeared in the Global Politics Review, East Asia Forum, NK News, The Interpreter, International Policy Digest, Real Clear Defense, Channel News Asia, The National Interest, and the Kansas City Star. Additionally, he is a Young Scholar at the Pacific Forum.



Joel Petersson Ivre

 Senior Editor

Joel Petersson Ivre is a masters student at the Yonsei University – Graduate School of International Studies. His hometown is Stockholm, Sweden and although he considers it the most beautiful place in the world, he has left it several times to study abroad in China and Korea. His main research interest is the future of China, as well as the elusive answer to the question “why can’t we all just get along?” 




Josh Doyle

Senior Editor

Josh Doyle is a Masters student at the Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies. He’s written for newspapers, magazines, and all over the internet. His aspirations include speaking Korean well enough to impress his professors, and maintaining relations between his motherland of Canada and his adopted second home of Korea. He would also like to turn the whole world into a forest, but will settle for the middle-ground of green energy.



Amylia Zainal

Web Designer

Amylia is a Masters student at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies, majoring in Foreign Policy & International Security. She graduated from the National University of Singapore where she majored in Communications & New Media. Before pursuing her Masters degree, Amylia worked in the communications department at Singapore International Foundation, where she managed the NGO’s digital media assets. Her main research interest is soft power, particularly in the case study of South Korea and its success with Kpop.



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