In an August 14 article entitled "Dokdo Research Institute Opens," the Korea Times reports that the Northeast Asian History Foundation, which is under the wing of the Education Ministry, has opened the "Dokdo Research Institute." According to the article, the institute "will carry through systemic research on the easternmost islets."
Does that mean the "research institute" will be doing research in search of the historical truth?
No, it is not a truth-seeking research institute; it is a "strategy-development" research institute.
According to the Chairman of the Northeast Asian History Foundation, Korea's Dokdo Research Institute "will develop long-term strategies and measures in cooperation with related government bodies to counter Japan's repeated claims to the islets." Does that sound like they will be seeking truth?
Based on the above description, I think I would rename the institute to something like the "Dokdo Defense Institute" or the "Dokdo Institute of Public Englightenment and Propaganda."
The article also says two "foreign scholars" will be working with the Koreans. One is a "scholar" named Paul Hensel from the University of North Texas, who is said to be a territory dispute expert. The other "scholar" is Anders Karlsson, who is the chief of the Korean Studies Institute at the University of London.
I do not know how Korea managed to convince these two "foreign scholars" to participate in their "research," but if these foreigners are true scholars in search of truth, then I would suggest that they disavow themselves as soon as possible because I do not believe the people at the Dokdo Research Institute are interested in hearing the truth.
Of course, maybe the foreigners are just there as English proofreaders?