종합경제사회연구원 뉴스레터 RIES Newsletter
實事求是 Seek after Truth, Based on Facts
Research Institute of the East-West Economy & Society
Today the problem of world economy is rather the whole world than one or multinational economy. Accordingly not only the economic problem including human welfare but also the problem of nature and environment as source of energy and resources is the world-wide responsibility that all human beings have to solve. This already affects conspicuously the Korea's economy and the high economic growth in Korea which has kept on since 1960's also encounters oneself the "limit of growth". Nowadays in the field of the international economic cooperation, the regional "economic bloc" is expanding and strengthening all over the world. On account of this situation our export-drive policy has great difficulty for the insufficient study of information and knowledge about the regional circumstances. It is time for the area study on special regions to be more necessary than ever, and the education of area study experts is an urgent matters.
Facing up to the above-mentioned realities, Research Institute of the East-West Economy & Society(Jong-Hab Kyeongjea-Sahoe Yunguwon: RIES) was born on August 15, 1993. RIES organized for the purpose of researching the deeper 'Area Study' on the special areas through practical use of special languages and socio-scientific analysis in human economic problem. RIES focuses its study on "Korea and international economic cooperation," and divides broadly the world into the East and the West. And RIES researches economic and social phenomena deriving from the cultural differences between them. RIES also established 'Korea-Yemen Center' attached as the objective organization of the Area Studies on December 29, 1994. As RIES activities progresses and the gravity of the Middle East Area grows up, RIES reset up the organization. RIES raised the 'Research Department' of the Middle East Studies to higher rank of the 'institute', namely 'Korea Middle East Institute', attached to RIES on December 12, 1995. Further KMEI renamed 'Korea Institute of the Mideast Economies' (KIME) by RIES committee on November 2, 1996.
RIES was established in order to contribute to international economic relations by studying and analyzing world's economic problem focusing on three sides of 1) Man, 2) Resources, and 3) Nature, especially by comparing with Korea's economic situation and analyzing the basic economic problem deriving from historical, social, and cultural differences between the East and the West. With this purpose the RIES divides international economy into six economic regions of 1) Asia, 2) Europe, 3) America, 4) Middle East, 5) Africa, and 6) Oceania. And it makes general and comprehensive researches into history, philosophy, policy, economy, society, culture, language, arts, and religion which are indispensable to learn the regions.
RIES is a pure private research institute. It performs general and multi-aspectual studies for the specific subject that consists of one research team controlled by the director eligible for the objective project. RIES prides itself on being able to perform every project effectively through connecting organically 'home library system' possessed by each member, utilizing the computer network. RIES places its emphasis on the slogan of "Small, but Rich" in accordance with RIES precept, "Seek after Truth, based on the Facts". Moreover RIES possessed world-wide area specialists who attained the diploma M.A. or Ph.D. is able to carry out easily the comprehensive research for the specific area analysis.
RIES is a pure private Institute and its finance is supported by the member's fee and public and private subsidies.
The main activities of RIES are as follows;
1) Publication of research reports, periodicals, newsletters and other materials
2) Collection of related research materials home and abroad
3) Academic presentations, and invitation lecture meetings of related leading persons home and abroad
4) International exchange of the periodicals and other publications between RIES and overseas relating body
5) Short-term liberal lectures, and education of special foreign languages.
6) Holding and performing seminars and workshops concerning the activities of culture and art
7) Establishment of sisterhood with the overseas research institutes and other relating organizations
8) Provide and utilization of RIES institute's materials for the members
9) Translation of research works of accomplished foreign scholars,
10) Research works and dispatch research team home and abroad
11) Research cooperations and information exchanges for the RIES's activities with the research institutions in-and-out.