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Matthias Maass
  • Associate Professor of International Studies
  • Ph.D. International Relations, The Fletcher School, Tufts University, 2003
  • M.A. Free University Berlin, Germany
  • M.A. Monash University, Australia
  • Visiting Fellow, National University of Singapore, 2006~2008

Email: mmaass@yonsei.ac.kr
Tel: 02-2123-4719
Office: uicadmin


Professor Maass holds a joint appointment GSIS/UIC at Yonsei University since fall 2008. Previously, he had taught in Singapore (National University of Singapore), USA (Hawai’i Pacific University), Korea (Seoul National University),France (American University of Paris and American Graduate School of International Relations and Diplomacy), and Vietnam (Institute of International Relations). He served as Research Fellow and Project Manager at INSEAD in France, Director of Overseas Programs at Becker College in Massachusetts/USA,and Program Manager of The Fletcher School’s Diplomatic Training Program (also USA). Professor Maass received his education in Germany, Australia, and the USA. Prior to embarking on an academic career, he worked at a commercial bank.
 Professor Maass’ research is focused on small states and the states system,and on US foreign policy. Further areas of expertise are International Relations Theory, the history of international relations, European political history and current affairs, and security on the Korean Peninsula.


  • Ph.D. The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, USA
  • M.A. Free University Berlin, Germany
  • M.A. Monash University, Australia

Courses and Current Research Areas

  • Introduction to International Studies
  • International Relations and World Politics
  • Professor Maass’ current research is centered on the role and proliferation of small states in the international states system. Moreover, he has active research agenda in US foreign policy. Furthermore, he is working on a project that deals with European-Vietnamese relations. Finally, Professor Maass has published on Korea security affairs and remains engaged in that debate.

Selected Publications

Professor Maass’ most recent publications are:

  • “Bush Goes To Korea? George W. Bush Re-Elected and Security on the Korean Peninsula.”In: M.P. Amineh (ed.). State, Society and International Relations in Asia. (=ICAS Publications Series / Edited Volumes 2.)Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, (forthcoming 2009).
  • “The Elusive Definition of the Small State.” International Politics, vol. 46 (1) (forthcoming 2009).
  • “When Communication Fails: Spanish-American Crisis Diplomacy 1898.” Amerikastudien/American Studies, vol. 52.4 (2007).
  • “The Global Election and the Korean Peninsula: US Foreign Policy Toward the Korean Peninsula After 2004 - the Korean Perspective.”In Tomasz Pludowski (ed.). American Politics, Media, and Elections Contemporary International Perspectives on US Presidency, Foreign Policy and Political Communication. Warsaw and Torun: Collegium Civitas Press and Adam Marszalek, 2006.

More Information

Personal website: http://www.mmaass.net

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