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Greetings from the KALP President
Welcome to the website of The Korean Association of Law and Politics (KALP). My name is SO SUNG KYU, and I am currently serving as a professor at Daejin University and as the head of the KALP. It is my great pleasure and honor to welcome you to the KALP website.
Last year, our world was thrown into great turmoil by the “monster” called COVID-19. It was a difficult time for the KALP and also for me, having (recently) been elected to serve as the head of this prestigious association of academicians that is widely respected for its long history and impressive achievements. I had plans to uphold and promote this distinguished tradition but, looking back, the results were insignificant indeed, largely due to the fact that many activities were rendered impossible by the pandemic. This year, having been re-elected to lead the organization, I shall repeat the following question: “What made the members of the KALP decide to give me one more opportunity to serve as its head for the year 2021?” This question often leads me to contemplate our future, which may well be full of agonizing uncertainty. Despite such uncertainty, however, I am prepared again to devote myself to the further development of the KALP by making the most of the advice and encouragement of its members.
One of our achievements in 2020 is that our research journal, Journal of Law and Politics Research, retained its status as a KCI registered academic journal. In 2021, I will strive to lay firm foundations for our journal to be promoted to the top of the list in the assessment of academic journals.
The second of our goals for this year is to publish a collection of academic papers produced by the KALP’s members and to host seminars designed to promote our research activities. The seminars of 2021 are expected to be held online, too, as part of the wider effort to effectively tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. Some of these seminars will be held on an irregular basis and in association with other academic organizations.
Our third goal for 2021 is to review and complement the efforts made last year to revise the KALP’s articles of association and to systemize its organization.
The KALP has thankfully been able to maintain a healthy financial status, but we will broaden our efforts to strengthen our financial resources, primarily by securing more research funds in close cooperation with the central government and government-affiliated organizations.
Finally, we aim to participate more actively in the social and political issues that concern us. We were asked by the Korean government and the National Assembly to participate in the legislation and policy making processes, with the participation of some of our members leading to outstanding results. In 2021, we will consider more strategic participation, and play a more active role at the level of our entire organization.
2021 is the “Year of Ox.” I hope that all KALP members will be able to learn a lesson from the age-old four-character proverb “U-Saeng-Ma-Sa” (牛生馬死, “The ox lived while the horse drowned”), which means that, when a flood stuck, the ox was able to survive because it went with the flow, whereas the horse drowned because it struggled against the current. As the head of the KALP, I will work harder to promote the development of the KALP in close communication and cooperation with all its staff and members.
SO SUNG KYU
President, The Korean Association of Law and Politics