“One of the handicaps of the twentieth century,” Ruth Benedict wrote, “is that we still have the vaguest and most biased notions, not only of what makes Japan a nation of Japanese, but of what makes the United States a nation of Americans, France a nation of Frenchmen, and Russia a nation of Russians.” Within the field of international studies these questions become only more complex as one follows the paths of conflict, development, inter-dependence and diplomacy between not only nation states, but also disparate groups within the geographical and legal bounds of a ‘country’. Therefore we must remember that every situation has multiple interpretations, and each interpretation has even more perspectives. It is our goal therefore to present not one universal story, but an assorted understanding of a changing world order.

The Yonsei Journal of International Studies (YJIS) strives to achieve a three-pronged goal for each issue: the opportunity for graduate students to publish their work, intense understanding of the process of a peer-edited academic journal, and a showcase for current research that attracts a diverse readership. Covering a range of disciplines, the aim is to make a unique contribution to the field of international studies and the academic community as a whole. YJIS aims to bring the world a little closer to Yonsei University and the Graduate School of International Studies, but also bring Yonsei and the GSIS a little bit closer to the world.