Dongjin Kwak

Dongjin Kwak
International Relations
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M.A., Political Science, Kyung Hee University (Seoul, Korea)
B.A., Political Science & International Relations, Kyung Hee University (Seoul, Korea)


My primary academic interest is in foreign aid. I am interested in the influence of foreign aid on democratization and civil conflicts among recipient states. Specifically, I focus on sub-types of foreign aid and their different effects on civil conflict and democratization. I am interested in analyzing how donors distribute foreign aid, whether foreign assistance is effective to solve a problem in recipient states, whether democracy assistance promotes democratization in authoritarian regimes, and whether humanitarian assistance reduces or increases one-sided violence against civilians. My current research project explores how donors create democracy aid packages for authoritarian states.