Featured Past Events

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On Wednesday, September 16, Korea Club will host Dr. Stephen Linton, Founder and President of the Eugene Bell Foundation. Dr. Linton will make a presentation entitled "Structural Challenges to Working in North Korea: A 20 Year Assessment," followed by discussion. 
September 16, 2015
  Please find the video for this event below.     International Sanctions and Economic Relations with North Korea Featuring: William Brown  Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Li Tingting Assistant Professor, Peking University Troy Stangarone Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade, Korea Economic Institute Liudmila Zakharova Senior Researcher, Center for Korean Studies, Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Far Eastern Studies   Moderated by: Stephan Haggard Director, Korea-Pacific Program  and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego   New sanctions on North Korea in response to the recent nuclear test and long range missile launch promise to be the most punitive measures yet, though will not completely sever external economic ties. Russia and China have taken a more stern approach to follow the U.S. and South Korea lead in the U.N., but will still continue to engage economically with the rogue state. Seoul’s decision to close the Kaesong Industrial Complex marked the end of the largest Inter-Korean economic project, raising a number of questions as to whether ties can ever be reestablished and under what conditions. Although Japan has had minimal economic interaction with North Korea, normalization of relations with South Korea in 1960s presents a blueprint that could be attractive to both Tokyo and Pyongyang, but require a number of contingencies to be addressed first.   Understanding the magnitude of North Korea’s economic relationships in the region as well as the impact of new constraints are vital to gauge the direction of ongoing trends with a country increasingly cut off from the global economy. This panel explores these economic ties with North Korea from the perspective of partners and potential partners in Northeast Asia.  
March 24, 2016
Please scroll down for the full video recording of this event.   Pacific Partners: Prospects for Cooperation Between the United States, Korea, and Japan   As the United States looks to engage the Asia-Pacific under the Obama administration and future administrations, South Korea and Japan remain two key partners for the United States in Asia. With relations improving between South Korea and Japan after a rocky period, there is increasing potential for trilateral cooperation. Please join KEI and the Mansfield Foundation for a discussion of the prospects for future cooperation between United States, South Korea, and Japan on security and economic issues.  
September 8, 2016
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KEI President Don Manzullo and former congressman Bob Carr participated in a visit to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis on March 6. There, they discussed domestic and international security issues with midshipmen, including discussions on North Korea's latest launch of missiles.
March 6, 2017
  North Korea: Challenges and Opportunities Conference Join St. Mary’s University for the North Korea: Challenges and Opportunities conference featuring experts from around the globe. The program will delve into timely issues about North Korea’s military, international community, engagement and diplomacy. Wednesday, March 1, 2017 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. St. Mary’s University University Center, Conference Room A Reception to follow
March 1, 2017
  The Impact of Chinese National Identity on Bilateral Relations   This event is part of KEI's Academic Symposium program, and will take place at the International Studies Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.   All papers in this panel will concentrate on how the Chinese are interpreting relations with other countries. They will link these interpretations to themes of national identity—ideology, history, civilization, etc. Comparisons will be made across the five cases in a separate introductory paper. All authors will make extensive use of Chinese sources.  
February 25, 2017
Establishing Triangular Talks among Washington, Beijing, and Seoul   This event is part of KEI's Academic Symposium program, and will take place at the International Studies Association Conference in Baltimore, Maryland.   All papers in this Korea Economic Institute sponsored panel will concentrate on the changing prospects for US-Sino-ROK talks on North Korea and security in Northeast Asia. These triangular talks are a high priority for Seoul, and debates about going forward expose different perspectives in the three capitals. The five papers break down the triangle into how thinking in one capital is focusing on the state of relations in the remaining pair of countries. Two panelists from Seoul will set the foundation to be followed by one from Beijing and two US specialists. The discussant will compare their views after reading the papers of the five authors.  
February 24, 2017
Please scroll down to view the video for this event.   South Korea's Relations with Myanmar: A Stepping Stone To Enhanced Global Engagement Since the implementation of democratic reforms in 2011, Myanmar has attracted the attention of countries around the world seeking to capitalize on its gradual economic opening, including South Korea. South Korea has doubled its development assistance, trade, and investment in the Southeast Asian country in less than five years, yet it still lags behind other major regional powers in these categories. While South Korea may not necessarily be able to overtake its larger competitors, it is uniquely positioned to leverage its economic standing to develop a broader and more strategic relationship with Myanmar. Against the backdrop of continuing regional change such a relationship could not be more timely. Please join KEI and Korea-Myanmar experts Drs. Matteo Fumagalli and David Steinberg for a discussion on what South Korea’s ties with Myanmar reveal about its foreign policy and how Seoul can optimize this relationship to boost its role in an evolving regional and global order.    
February 16, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.   Seoul Man: The Inside Story of an American Executive in a Korean Chaebol   As the highest-ranking non-Korean executive at Hyundai Motors headquarters, Frank Ahrens spent three years gaining an insider's perspective on Korean corporate culture. In his new memoir, "Seoul Man," Ahrens recounts the ups and downs of his journey as an American trying to acclimate to daily life in Korea and to working life inside one of the country's top chaebols. Please join KEI for a discussion with Ahrens about his new book and his life in one of the epicenters of Korean corporate culture.    
February 9, 2017
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January 26, 2017
Please scroll down to watch the full video of this event.   Exchange Rate Volatility & Financial Integration in South Korea & Japan     While much has been written to determine the impact of uncertainty stemming from foreign exchange rate volatility on financial market development, a clear consensus among economists has yet to emerge. However, understanding the complexities of this relationship is key to fostering financial market development. It can also reveal the importance of regional and international capital markets on a given economy. This link is particularly important now in the Korean context, given the recent decline of the Korean won against the U.S. dollar, the importance of foreign investment in the domestic stock market, and efforts to strengthen regional financial integration. KEI welcomes you to join us for a presentation by economist Dr. Rajarshi Mitra to examine the relationship between the exchange rate of the won and stock market returns in Korea and Japan, including a discussion of the policy implications for Korea.  
January 17, 2017
Every year on January 13, the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) sponsors a luncheon in Washington, DC to mark Korean American Day and recognize the local and national Korean American community. This event has come to be recognized as one of the preeminent celebrations in Washington, DC for Korean Americans. As part of the ceremony, KEI recognizes prominent Korean Americans that have made significant contributions in their field. Recently, KEI has honored Korean-Americans from athletics, government, business, academia, humanitarian work, business and entrepeneurship, arts and literature. The theme for 2017 is Recognizing Leaders in Science & Technology. Please note that the Korean American Day luncheon is by invitation only.  If you are a member of the media, please find more information about covering Korean American Day here: http://www.keia.org/page/media.  
January 13, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.     U.S.-Korea Relations in the Era of Trump     With the inauguration of Donald Trump and the prospect of an early presidential election in South Korea, there is a prospect for significant change in the alliance. How might the Trump administration reshape U.S. relations with South Korea? What new steps might the President make to address the nuclear threat from North Korea? And, how might the Trump administration’s approach to security in Northeast Asia impact relations with South Korea? How will the current political situation in South Korea affect the alliance? If there are early presidential elections, how might the next Korean administration approach the alliance? Please join KEI and the Hanmi Club for a discussion of the future of relations between the United States and South Korea, how to address the challenge of North Korea, and what the Trump administration’s Asia policy might mean for the alliance.  
December 13, 2016
  Call for Academic Papers on Korea The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) is issuing a call for papers for the next round of its Academic Paper Series—a program to generate monthly academic papers and a public discussion of issues related to the Korean Peninsula and affecting the U.S.-Republic of Korea alliance. KEI has commissioned over eighty papers in this series so far on a variety of topics. To read the individual papers and learn more about the series, please refer to the KEI website: http://www.keia.org/page/academic-paper-series-–-korea.
December 9, 2016
  Please scroll down to view the video of this event.   How the Trump Administration Should Address North Korea   North Korea presents one of the most significant foreign policy and security challenges for the incoming Trump administration. This year the United States and the international community placed increasingly tough sanctions on the rogue state, yet Kim Jong-un continues to demonstrate the capabilities of his nuclear and rocket programs in defiance of these measures. With these policies seemingly not meeting their intended purpose, a debate questioning how the U.S. should approach North Korea has reemerged as President-elect Trump prepares to take office. Please join KEI and Korea expert David Straub for an analysis of the crucial factors to consider in formulating an effective policy towards North Korea and recommendations for the Trump administration.
December 7, 2016
 Recommendations for the Next Administration's North Korea Policy Guest Speaker: Ambassador Joseph DeTrani Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182  Korea Club Thursday | November 17, 2016 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  
November 17, 2016
    A Fork in the Road?  Korea and the One Belt, One Road Initiative   In late 2013, China and South Korea each announced ambitious strategies to strengthen economic linkages with Central Asia and beyond. However, progress on Beijing’s One Belt, One Road initiative seems to be outpacing President Park’s Eurasia Initiative, which continues to be challenged by an obstinate North Korea in establishing land routes to Eurasia. Are these projects fated to be joining paths or diverging crossroads? Can Seoul strengthen its connectivity to the rest of the continent while North Korea continues to defy the international community? Please join KEI and Dr. Balbina Hwang for an examination of how these Chinese and Korean projects to promote regional integration have been implemented and their significance for regional stability.     Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010  
November 16, 2016
South Korea is one of Oregon’s top five trading partners and Oregon is home to 25,000+ Korean Americans. And Portland has strong ties to South Korea through its Sister City Ulsan (which ships Hyundai cars through the U.S. gateway of Portland). What does the horizon of U.S.-Korea relations hold? And how might the evolving nature of political, economic, and security issues in the Korean peninsula effect that relationship—both regionally and nationally? Join us for this vital discussion with Economic Counselor Choi Jin-won from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Foreign Affairs Officer Joshua Pierce from the Department of State, and Mark Tokola, Vice-President of the Korean Economic Institute, with KEI President and former Congressman Donald Manzullo, as we explore the future of Korean-US diplomatic and economic-trade relations.   For more information, please click here. Cosponsored with the office of Oregon's Honorary Consul of Korea. A program of the World Affairs Councils of America and the Korea Economic Institute
October 27, 2016
  Please scroll down to view the video of this event.   Fixing the Korean Labor Market   South Korea faces rising social inequality, low and stagnating productivity, and unsustainable demographic changes, all of which threaten long-term economic growth prospects as well as social stability. Although a panacea may not exist, addressing the rigidities and deficiencies of the Korean labor market is a crucial way to alleviate these issues. A number of policies intending to reform the labor market have been put forward, but many of the core challenges, such as opportunities for marginalized workers, continue to persist. Please join KEI for a presentation by Dr. Vladimir Hlasny, where he will lucidly identify the structural shortcomings of a complex Korean labor market, analyze the efficacy of legislation to fix these issues, and propose how policies to reform the system can be more effective.  
October 27, 2016
On October 25, KEI will be sponsoring a public discussion at the University of Washington Bothell. Economic Minister Jang Hohyun from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Foreign Affairs Officer Joshua Pierce from the Department of State, and Mark Tokola, Vice-President of the Korean Economic Institute, will discuss important issues related to the U.S.-Korea relationship. KEI President and former Congressman Donald Manzullo will provide opening remarks along with Washington Congressman Rick Larsen. This event is open to students, faculty, and members of the public. Press are also welcome.
October 25, 2016
  Songbun, Pyongyang Republic and  North Korea's Policy of Human Rights Denial    Guest Speaker:   Robert Collins   Thursday | October 20, 2016  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm   Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182   You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The event will feature Mr. Robert Collins, who will give a presentation entitled, "Songbun, Pyongyang Republic and North Korea's Policy of Human Rights Denial."
October 20, 2016
On October 20, KEI President Donald Manzullo travelled to the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio to a hold a forum on security issues in East Asia and the U.S.-ROK alliance featuring ROK Army Lieutenant General(ret.) Chun In-Bum. Opening remarks for the forum were provided by Congressman Michael Turner and University of Dayton Lecturer Dr. Anthony Talbott moderated the discussion.  
October 20, 2016
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola travelled to Columbus, Georgia on October 19 to speak on 'Dealing with Kim Jong's North Korea,' part of the Col. Richard R. Hallock lecture series. The public lecture was attended by 150 Columbus State University students and faculty, military members from nearby Fort Benning, and the public. Earlier in the day, Mr. Tokola spoke to 200 U.S. Army and allied forces officers at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning and to 50 graduate students studying security policy at Columbus State University.
October 19, 2016
    The Future of THAAD and USFK   Featuring: Bryan Port Director of Strategy, United States Forces Korea   Join CoAA and KEI for an off-the-record discussion with Brian Port, Director of Strategy for USFK, on THAAD and the strategic significance of the U.S.-Korea alliance.  The conversation will cover the intricacies of THAAD deployment, THAAD’s role in U.S.-ROK grand strategy, US-ROK-China relations, and the South Korea’s role in the strategic triangle of US-Australia-Japan relations.   This event is co-sponsored with the Council on Asian Affairs, a group of young professionals in the Asia policy community. Please click here to learn more about COAA and become a member. 
October 18, 2016
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola met in Atlanta on October 18 with Kike Ehigiator, Director, International Partnerships and Agreements, Georgia State University. Mr. Tokola is a member of the Georgia State University External Advisory Board for Korea.  
October 18, 2016
On October 18, KEI’s Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade, Troy Stangarone, travelled to Newark, Delaware to participate on a panel titled “Asia in the US Presidential Election.” Troy presented on how issues relating to Korea have been raised in the discourse of the U.S. presidential election and the potential implications, discussing topics ranging from trade policy to approaching North Korea. Troy was also joined by University of Delaware faculty members Alice Ba and Darryl Flaherty. They spoke with an audience of 40 students and faculty. 
October 18, 2016
On October 13, KEI organized a program on the challenges presented by North Korea for the international community at Angelo State University. KEI’s Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade, Troy Stangarone, moderated a discussion of the political and security challenges present by North Korea for Northeast Asia with ROK Army Lt. General (ret.) In-Bum Chun, Dr. Dlynn Williams from the University of North Georgia, and Dr. Bruce Bechtol from Angelo State University.  They spoke with an audience of 120 members of the local community and university.
October 13, 2016
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.   East Asia and the Korean Peninsula: The Prospective Policies of a Clinton or Trump Administration   The next president of the United States will come into office at a crucial time for U.S. relations in East Asia. How will they view the United States’ commitment to the region? How will they manage relations with U.S. allies such as South Korea? How will they handle the rise of China and a North Korea determined to advance its nuclear program? Please join KEI as representatives from both campaigns discuss their candidate’s views on these and other critical issues the United States will face in East Asia and the Korean peninsula in the years ahead.  
October 11, 2016