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.
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Editor in Chief
Lucy Sexton is an International Security and Foreign Policy major at Yonsei Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, Korea. She has also studied at SciencesPo – Paris and did her undergrad at Reed College. She previously worked as a freelance journalist and documentary film maker in New York, Thailand and Vietnam. Her work has been published in: The New York Times, VICE Magazine, The Nikkei Review, Harper’s Bazaar, The Policy Wire, Condé Nast Traveler, Roads & Kingdoms, The Khmer Times, Tiger Tales, The Word Magazine, and Dulichable. She worked as an associate producer and as a researcher for documentary films for CNN, PBS Frontline and Showtime. Her academic areas of interest include philosophy of law, civil society and national intelligence.
Courtland is a Masters Candidate at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies in the International Cooperation program. Before arriving in Korea, he worked as a paralegal at the global immigration law firm Berry, Appleman & Leiden LLP. Courtland has interned with a number of organizations and groups in the past including the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the White House, the Project on Middle East Democracy, the Center for International Understanding, and the North Carolina General Assembly. Over the years he has travelled widely in Western Europe and East Asia. Courtland graduated Magna Cum Laude from North Carolina State University, with a BA in International Studies. His research interests include sustainable development policy and urban planning issues specifically in regards to East Asia.
Joon Soo Kim (Josh) is a Masters Candidate at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies, majoring in foreign policy and international security. Before Yonsei, Josh graduated from Bowdoin College with a double major in government & legal studies, and earth & oceanographic science. His academic interests include civil wars, military history and oceanography. Josh has been with Novasia since the fall of 2016.
Nhat-Anh Nguyen is a Master student at Yonsei University — Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), majoring in International Trade, Finance and Management. Before attending Yonsei GSIS, Nhat-Anh graduated from College of Social Sciences and Humanities — Vietnam National University in Ho Chi Minh city as a Bachelor in International Relations. He is currently working as an Associate Researcher at Saigon Center of International Studies (SCIS). His fields of interest include international political economics, development economics, and East-Asian security.
Nate Kerkhoff is a first semester GSIS master’s student who intends to major in international relations and security. He comes from Overland Park, Kansas and is a midwesterner at heart. He studied International Relations and Spanish at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where his desire to live abroad was sparked by an international communications class in which he spoke live via video link to a class in Istanbul, Turkey. He then studied abroad in Bilbao, Spain, and moved to Korea after graduating to be an English teacher until the desire to study again brought him to Yonsei.
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?”
Ksenia Andryushchenko is a masters student at Yonsei University — Graduate School of International Studies, majoring in foreign policy and international security. Before attending Yonsei, Ksenia graduated from the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs — National Research University Higher School of Economics in Moscow, receiving a Bachelors degree in Asian and African Studies. Her academic interests include feminism, cybersecurity, propaganda history and civil wars.
Minja Marjomaa is a Masters Candidate at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies. She hails from Finland where she studied urban development and law & administration. She worked as a paralegal in Finland before coming to Yonsei University where she majors in International Law and Organisations. Besides writing for NOVAsia, she was also a contributor at an ICT research group in South Korea.
Junior Editor – on leave
Ekaterina is a Ph.D candidate at Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies majored in International Cooperation. Ekaterina graduated from Moscow State University, African and Asian studies department with a BA in Korean language and Korean Studies, and MA in International Economic Relations. Ekaterina has interned in the Ministry of Economic Development of Russian Federation, The Embassy of the Republic of Korea in Russia, Korean Cultural Center in Moscow, and has taught Korean language, “The development of political systems in Korea”, “Capital flows and economic development in Asian and African countries” courses in State Academic University for the Humanities in Moscow. Her fields of research interest are international economic cooperation, international security and human rights.