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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 the 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 is to examine the emerging security threats facing West Asian countries amid the global complex crisis and to analyze how different actors including government and civil society are responding to these challenges.

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
  • Research on the responses of West Asian countries to the global complex crisis:  studying the role of civil society in West Asian countries, including Iran, Turkestan, Iraq, Egypt, and Tunisia, as a new alternative for responding to emerging security crises.


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

Ha-eun Han (Visiting Scholar) | | Area Studies(Middle East and Africa) | Political Islam, Civil Islam, Muslim women, Türkiye

Soyeon Ahn (Visiting Scholar) | | Comparative Politics | International Relations, Political institution, Political Economy in the Middle East and North Africa

Hwang Yuihyun (Senior Reseracher) | | Area Studies(Middle East and Africa) | Sectarianism, Historical Memories, History, Identity