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West Asia Center

#The 10th Anniversary of Arab Spring  #The 10th Anniversary of Iran Green Movement  #Civil Society in West Asia  #Geopolitics  #Supporting Young Scholars

The West Asia Center (WAC) was established to provide a timely view through deep, suggestive analysis of West Asia, strengthen the foundation for research of West Asia through continuous research, and build networks between researchers, businessmen and government officials of West Asia. WAC has formed relationships with experts for future research expansion through colloquiums and added depth to regional understanding through regional intensive seminars. The goal of WAC for this year’s project is to analyze the political status in West Asia after the Arab Spring and Iran Green Movement, which will be the confrontation between Saudi Arabian alliance and Iranian alliance.

Main Projects and Research Topics

  • Specialized Colloquium: Discussing issues in West Asia which have not been studied thoroughly, such as civil society in Iraq and the Christians in Egypt
  • Study on West Asia Geopolitics: Analyzing current political status in West Asia, especially focusing on the issues of Iran-US conflict, Shia crescent belt, confrontation between Saudi alliance and Iranian alliance
  • Intensive Seminar on the 10th Anniversary of Arab Spring: Following history of the civil society movement in West Asia after 2010 and searching for further prospects, with the 10th anniversary of the Arab Spring
  • Support for Study of Young Scholars: Promoting academic exchanges and active research of young scholars studying West Asia by supporting seminars of scholars
  • Support for Undergraduate Students Circle: Training follow-up generations of West Asian studies by supporting studies and activities of university student


Koo, G. Y. & Yoo, A. (2020). Unfinished Revolutions and Precarious lives: 10 years after the Iranian Green Movement and the Tunisian Revolution. Asia Review, 9 (2).

Eom, E. & Koo, G. Y. (eds.) (2020). Korean Women Researchers beyond Boundaries: Reflections on the Twelve Glocal Fieldwork Experiences. Nulmin.

Koo, G. Y. (2019). #GirlsofRevolutionStreet: Iranian Womens Social Movement through Hashtag Politics. Cross-Cultural Studies, 25 (1).

Koo, G. Y. (2019). How Could Korea Cope With Crisis of Iran? Uninomic Review, 2 (1).

Yi, S. J. (2019). A Study on Pakistani Muslims and Their Mosque in South Korea with a Focus on Faizan-e Madina. Journal of Middle Eastern Affairs, 18 (3).

Yi, S. J. (2019). Interpretation and Transformation of Martyrdom in Islamic World. Journal of Korean Association of Islamic Studies, 29 (2).


Gi Yeon Koo | HK Research Professor | | Cultural Anthropology | Psychological anthropology, Iranian youth, Muslim women, New media, Islam

Kyung-soo Lee | Visiting Fellow | | Community Studies (Middle East) | Educational policy, Social change, Women, Levant

Seung-hoon Paik | Co-Researcher | | International Politics, International Relations | Politics and international relations in the Middle East

Soo-jeong Yi | Co-Researcher | | Area Studies (Middle East and Africa) | Muslim diasporic communities, Islam