|This article evaluates the concept of "econophoria" in the context of the contemporary international relations of Northeast Asia. The article begins by discussing the idea``s general meaning, some of its theoretical and empirical subtleties (including problems), and how it occupies a special role in studies of Northeast Asian security. The middle section examines the geoeconomics and geo-politics of Northeast Asia through an "econophoric" lens, and then identifies the "Asian Paradox" as a situation that calls into question the region``s recent status quo. I conclude by arguing why the "econophoric" program requires transformation over coming decades. Notably I demonstrate that international institutions (especially regional institutions) will be a crucial mechanism for continued stability, development, and peace in Northeast Asia going forward.