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Please scroll down to view the video of this event.   The Korea Economic Institute of America presents:   Managing Critical Issues in the U.S.-Korea Alliance: North Korea and the KORUS FTA   Keynote Remarks By:    The Honorable Heidi Heitkamp  Senator from the State of North Dakota   Opening Remarks By: The Honorable Donald Manzullo President, Korea Economic Institute Former Member of the U.S. House of Representatives   Discussion to Follow Featuring: James Kim Research Fellow Asan Institute for Policy Studies   Troy Stangarone Senior Director Korea Economic Institute    Tuesday, December 5, 2017 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.  G-11 Senate Dirksen Office Building
December 5, 2017
Please scroll down to view the video of this event. To read Jean Lee's paper, please click here.   Soap Operas and Socialism:   Kim Jong-un’s Policy Priorities through TV Dramas in North Korea   Romance, humor, tension — everyone loves a good sitcom, even North Koreans. But in North Korea, TV dramas are more than mere entertainment. They play a crucial political role by serving as a key messenger of the party and government policy. While Kim Jong-il famously made films aggrandizing revolutionary ideals, Kim Jong-un’s medium of choice seems to be TV. Although the messages in these new dramas under Kim Jong-un may be less overt than those traditionally in North Korean films, they are nonetheless present and convey values unique from those of his father.   Please join KEI and veteran North Korea watcher Jean Lee for an interactive discussion of her new research on North Korean TV dramas and what we as outsiders can glean from them about Kim Jong-un’s policy priorities. 
November 30, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event. Please click here to read Dr. Younsung Kim's paper. The Korea Economic Institute of America presents:   Getting South Korea to Go Greener   Many large South Korean companies have followed a trend among industrialized countries by embracing environmental protection and sustainability. Korean consumers, investors, and policy initiatives have all contributed to South Korean firms “going green” in recent years. However, despite this heightened interest in environmental responsibility, there is limited understanding of which types of sustainable activities Korean firms have implemented and, consequently, how much these practices are contributing to global sustainability.   Please join KEI and environmental governance expert Younsung Kim for a discussion of her new research on sustainability practices employed by large South Korean firms, including how they can be improved to further the interests of stakeholders and protect the environment.   
November 16, 2017
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola spoke on November 2 to an audience of 120 at the World Affairs Council in Rochester, New York. Among the audience were veterans of the Korean War.
November 2, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.   Media Coverage of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis The media has always played an important role in informing the public about international crises. One unexplored angle of the current North Korean nuclear issue is whether the media has been playing a constructive role or has contributed to heightened tensions. What are the positive and negative aspects of current media coverage in both the U.S. and the two Koreas? Can the media play a more responsible role in covering events on the Korean Peninsula? Please join KEI as we host a distinguished panel of senior journalists and Korea analysts to discuss this important and timely issue.
October 16, 2017
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October 10, 2017
PLEASE NOTE: KEI HAS MOVED OFFICES. WE ARE STILL AT 1800 K ST NW, BUT WE ARE NOW LOCATED ON THE 3RD FLOOR.   A Revolutionary State: North Korea’s Support of Non-State Actors During the Cold War, North Korea fomented revolutionary fervor by training and providing military equipment to communist guerillas and anti-colonial liberation movements. After the collapse of the Communist Bloc, North Korea turned its attention to assisting Islamist militants, such as Hezbollah and Hamas. This commitment to assisting non-state actors opened spaces for the Kim family regime to sell weapons, earn hard currency, and undermine the United States. However, Kim Jong-un has largely shifted away from Pyongyang’s traditional support for non-state actors, suggesting his policymaking decisions are guided by principles different from those of his father and grandfather.  KEI invites you to join us for a discussion on the history of North Korea’s relations with non-state actors, how Kim Jong-un’s approach diverges from past practices, and what this means for addressing proliferation concerns.  
October 5, 2017
Description: KEI’s Kyle Ferrier was joined by Economic Counselor Choi Jin Won from the Korean Embassy and Joshua Pierce of the State Department to visit Greenville, South Carolina on September 28 and 29 as part of KEI's "Future of Korea" program to speak at events hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate, and to meet with students Clemson University and Furman University.
September 28, 2017
KEI’s Kyle Ferrier was joined by Economic Counselor Choi Jin Won from the Korean Embassy and Joshua Pierce of the State Department to visit Columbia, South Carolina on September 26 and 27 as part of KEI's "Future of Korea" program to speak at events hosted by the World Affairs Council of Columbia, and to meet with students at the University of South Carolina and Claflin University. Image courtesy of the Columbia World Affairs Council
September 26, 2017
On September 25, KEI Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier conducted a Six-Party Talks simulation with undergraduate and graduate students at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina.
September 25, 2017
On September 20, KEI President Donald Manzullo spoke at a class at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business entitled "International Trade: Washington Trade Insiders."
September 20, 2017
KEI’s Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier travelled with retired ROK Lieutenant General Chun In-bum and Angelo State University Professor of Political Science Bruce Becthol to Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA as part of KEI’s academic outreach. General Chun and Dr. Bechtol participated in a panel entitled, “The ROK-US Alliance: Strength and Resilience in the Face of Challenges,” moderated by Director Ferrier. The group also visited several classes to discuss North Korean human rights, the North Korean nuclear program, and how liberal thought has benefitted South Korea. 
September 20, 2017
 Korea Club Wednesday |  September 13, 2017   6:30 pm – 9:00 pm    Facing North: Managing North Korea's Military Challenge   Guest Speaker:   Gen. In-Bum Chun (ROK, Ret) Visiting Scholar, U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS Visiting Fellow, Center for East Asia Policy, Brookings Institution    Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182  
September 13, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event   Korea’s Centrality in East Asian Financial Cooperation The Global Financial Crisis highlighted the importance of international coordination to prevent, manage, and resolve financial crises. To this end, global institutions such as the G20 and IMF have garnered significant attention, but complementary institutions at the regional level also play an important role. In East and Southeast Asia, these can be traced back to the years after the 1997-1998 financial crisis. While the 2008 financial crisis did not hit the region as hard as the previous one did, it spurred efforts to expand and strengthen these regional financial governance initiatives. Though it may not be the largest economy in these initiatives, South Korea has increasingly played a central role in their advancement, such as the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization and ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office. KEI invites you to join us for a discussion on why Korea has become increasingly central to regional financial governance and the importance of this centrality at a time when regional financial governance may be challenged by Sino-Japanese competition.
September 13, 2017
Mark Tokola of KEI, Minister Jang Hohyun from the Korean Embassy, and Zach Rosner of the State Department visited Atlanta, Georgia on September 13 and 14 as part of KEI's "Future of Korea" program to speak at an event hosted by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, and to meet with students at Georgia State University.
September 13, 2017
The Korea Economic Institute of America presents: Photo Exhibit & Reception in Commemoration of Korean War Armistice Day Thursday, July 27, 2017 KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010 12:00 - 7:00 pm  Photo Exhibit 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Reception and discussion with Hannah Kim      
July 27, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event. The First Trump-Moon Summit   and the Future of U.S.-Korea Relations   South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump recently concluded their first summit meeting. At the summit, the two new leaders were able to bridge their differences on North Korea policy, but left with different perspectives on the economic relationship. What does this mean for the alliance's approach to North Korea, and does Pyongyang's recent ICBM test change the alliance's policy going forward? Are the differences on trade simply sectoral issues that need to be resolved, or is there a need for a broader renegotiation of the KORUS FTA, as President Trump suggested? Join KEI and KIEP for a discussion of the outcomes and questions raised by the Trump-Moon summit, as well as the prospects, challenges, and opportunities for the alliance under two new leaders.  
July 13, 2017
On June 26, KEI hosted a reception on Capitol Hill to honor the service of three Korean War Veterans who have also served in Congress. The three members were Rep. John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas, and former Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. The event was co-sponsored by the Korea Caucus and was attended by several members of Congress, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Reps Barbara Comstock, Gerry Connolly, Mike Kelly, Carolyn Maloney, and more, as well as Congressional Staff and other members of the Korea policy community in Washington.   Please click here to view a gallery of photos from this event.
June 26, 2017
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola appeared on a panel with Congressmen Ed Royce, Eliot Engel, and Tom Suozzi at the Korean American Leaders Conference, held at the U.S. Capitol on June 26th.  The event marked the 10th anniversary of the "US-Korea Alliance Resolution" (H.Res 295).  The audience was leaders of Korean American organizations and included visiting members of the South Korean National Assembly.
June 26, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full videos from this conference.     THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON KOREAN STUDIES jointly with KOREA ECONOMIC INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AND COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA present:   THE CHANGING SITUATION ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA: CHALLENGES FOR NEW PRESIDENTS IN 2017   June 22, 2017, Thursday Korea Economic Institute of America 1800 K Street, NW Suite 1010, Washington, DC 20006
June 22, 2017
      Korea Club  Wednesday |  June 7, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm      U.S. Korea Policy:   Issues, Priorities, Prospects   Guest Speakers:    James Applegate Chief of DPRK Unit in the Office of Korean Affairs U.S. Department of State   &   Will Cobb Chief of ROK Unit in the Office of Korean Affairs  U.S. Department of State  
June 7, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event     The Korea Economic Institute of America's Academic Paper Series presents   Going Together to the Twenty-First Century:   U.S.-Korea Cooperation on Science and Technology   Wednesday, May 17, 2017 KEI 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010   In a 2015 joint statement the United States and Korea highlighted the importance of working together on “New Frontiers of Cooperation,” a group of twenty-first centuryissues representing convergent priorities and capabilities in science, technology, innovation, and economic development. Specifically, these areas are global health, energy and climate change, environment and sustainability, cyber security, space, and science and technology. Cooperation on these issues builds a strong framework for innovative local business development, allows for information sharing on critical new security threats, and enhances opportunities for a broad range of science cooperation through engaging with the relevant communities in the U.S. and Korea. At a time of political transition and uncertainty in both countries, working together on these issues offers opportunities for continuity and a forward-looking agenda for economic engagement to expand.   Please join KEI and Sean Connell, an expert on U.S.-Korea business ties, for a discussion of how collaborating with Korea on these areas have furthered U.S. security and economic interests as well as potential avenues to advance cooperation. 
May 17, 2017
        Korea Club Wednesday | May 10, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  South Korea-U.S. Relations: Past, Present, Future Guest Speaker: His Excellency Ahn Ho-young Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182  
May 10, 2017
  Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.     The Korea Economic Institute of America presents   Implications of the South    Korean Presidential Election Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.   KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010   On May 9, South Koreans will head to the polls to elect their next president. The winner of South Korea’s presidential election will come into office at a critical time as tensions are rising on the Korean peninsula and will not have the traditional transition period before assuming office. As the new administration begins setting policy in Seoul, what will the administration’s North Korea policy likely look like and how will it work with the new U.S. policy of massive pressure and engagement? How will the new administration approach U.S.-Korea relations and how will it approach the potential U.S. move to amend the U.S.-Korea FTA? Please join KEI for a discussion of these and other critical issues the new administration will face as it assumes office in South Korea.
May 10, 2017
KEI, No Chain, and Woorihana present: Defector Panel on North Korea Freedom   and Human Rights     Tuesday, May 2, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010   Last fall, North Korean human rights organizations led by No Chain hosted the Biit Film Festival in Washington, DC. "Biit" is the Korean word for light, symbolizing the need to shed light on the North Korean situation by increasing the flow of information into the DPRK as well as increasing awareness about the abuses North Koreans suffer under the Kim Jong-un regime. With that theme in mind, No Chain and Woorihana have brought this group of three North Korean defectors to Washington, DC to share their stories and raise awareness of the human rights situation in North Korea. Please join KEI, No Chain and Woorihana for a discussion of how outside information affected the lives of the three panelists, and how the voices of defectors can be amplified to help people better understand the North Korean human rights situation.    
May 2, 2017