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The Korea Economic Institute of America's Academic Paper Series presents     Leadership Transitions and National Identity in U.S.-South Korea-Japan Trilateral Relations   Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010   In the face of an evolving threat from North Korea, strengthening U.S.-South Korea-Japan trilateral relations is of increasingly greater importance. Yet, there are many challenges on the road ahead. The trilateral relationship must overcome uncertainty from leadership transitions in the U.S. and South Korea as well as the reemergence of national identity issues. Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump have established an early rapport, though it is still unclear how relations between South Korea and the United States and Japan will develop once the new administration is in place in Seoul. Please join KEI for a discussion with Brad Glosserman and Scott Snyder on recent developments and upcoming events in trilateral relations as well as strategies to advance cooperation.
April 27, 2017
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola spoke at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center on April 21 to a group of 30 Foreign Service Officers who are preparing for assignments in South Korea, Japan, China, and Mongolia.
April 21, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.   Addressing Continuity in South Korean Foreign Policy   Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010   The upcoming presidential election in Korea on May 9th will place many key issues under the microscope. One meriting serious consideration that has featured less prominently in the political discourse is continuity in foreign policy. Korean policy-making processes empower each president to make their own mark on Korea’s foreign outreach, and simultaneously make it difficult to maintain initiatives from the previous administration. Constitutional reform is one of several changes that could help lessen the impact of leadership transitions on international priorities. KEI invites you to join us and Dr. Jeffrey Robertson for a discussion on why Korean foreign policy continuity should be strengthened and potential avenues for reform.  
April 20, 2017
This event will be livestreamed beginning at 12 pm EST. Please click here to view the video.   U.S.-Korea Economic Relations Under New Management   The winner of the Korean presidential election on May 9 will assume office only a few months after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. With new leaders in the U.S. and Korea come new opportunities and issues to be worked through. The incoming president in Korea will be faced with mounting economic problems at home and will also need to address trade concerns raised by President Trump. While political transitions in both countries have a resulted in a degree of uncertainty for now, what should we expect in the economic relationship moving forward? KEI cordially invites you to join us for a panel of distinguished experts to discuss the influence of the leadership transitions in the U.S. and Korea on bilateral economic ties, as well as implications for regional economic integration.  
April 13, 2017
KEI’s Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier travelled to Johns Hopkins University to lead a Six-Party Talks simulation and speak with students on starting their careers in international affairs. Joining Director Ferrier for the careers talk was Kent Boydston, Research Analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics; Rosa Park, Director of Programs and Editor at the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea; and Darcie Draudt, PhD student in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. 
April 10, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.   Are Sanctions Against North Korea Working?   Last year the international community placed increasingly tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to two separate nuclear tests from Kim Jong-un. U.N. Resolution 2321 enacted in November aimed to improve upon Resolution 2270 passed in March—closing loopholes, expanding the scope of sanctioned items, and capping coal trade — yet concerns still remain over its enforcement. Unilateral measures were also passed, including the first sanctions on a North Korean leader for human rights abuses and secondary sanctions targeting financial institutions, but these are also not without their limitations. While North Korea’s continued defiance of the international community may not come as a surprise in 2017, it does not portend sanctions are ineffectual. In light of calls to revisit strategies toward North Korea, discerning the impact of recent sanctions on the Kim regime is now critical to how future policy will be shaped.  
April 6, 2017
    Korea Club Wednesday | April 5, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  North Korean Refugee Settlement in the ROK: An Update Guest Speaker: Kwang-joo Sohn Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182   Kwang-joo Sohn is the President of Korea Hana Foundation (North Korean Refugees Foundation), an organization established under the ROK Ministry of Unification. Previously, Mr. Sohn led the DailyNK Korea Unification Strategy Institute and served as the chief editor for the DailyNK. He also led the Ideology Research Center, Institute for International Affairs Research, ROK National Intelligence Service (NIS), was a member of the NIS Unification Policy Institute Research Committee, and of the advisory committee of the 17th Presidential Transition Team in 2008. Mr. Sohn has been a member of the Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights since 2007. A former reporter for the Dong-A Daily, Mr. Sohn holds a BA in French language and literature from Korea University and completed the Graduate School of North Korean Studies at Kyungnam University. For two years, he studied under Hwang Jang-yeop, former president of Kim Il-sung University and most senior North Korean defector to the ROK. He has authored numerous articles and columns as well as six books on the inner workings of the Kim regime. Please note, this EVENT WILL BE OFF THE RECORD.   PROGRAM DETAILS The reception will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm, and the speaker’s presentation and Q & A session. The program will conclude at 9:00 pm. The cost of the dinner is $25.00, payable at the door by either check or cash. RSVP is required for this program. Seating is limited. To register for this program or for further questions, please e-mail your confirmation to Sang Kim, Director of Public Affairs, at sk@keia.org. WOO LAE OAK RESTAURANT IN TYSONS CORNER The evening program will be held at Woo Lae Oak Korean restaurant in Tysons Corner—see address above. The program will start at 6:30 pm with a cash bar, set up inside the Korea Club conference room on the 1st floor of the restaurant. For more information on Woo Lae Oak, please take a few minutes to visit the restaurant’s website:  http://www.woolaeoak.com.   FOR DRIVERS Woo Lae Oak is conveniently located in the heart of Tysons Corner. If you need assistance locating the restaurant, please call the restaurant (703-827-7300). Ample free parking is available in the restaurant’s multi-story parking garage. FOR METRO RIDERS Silver Line stop at Greensboro Metro Station. The restaurant is located just south of Greensboro Metro Station. Upon arriving at Greensboro Metro Station, please exit using the West Entrance Exit. For step-by-step directions, please use  http://wmata.com.            Korea Club Directors               Jim Kelman                            Greg Scarlatoiu                  Sang Kim Meridian International Center                HRNK                               KEI                        (703) 568-6987                          (202) 499-7973                 (202) 464-1985 RSVP Now  
April 5, 2017
KEI’s Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier travelled with Florence Lowe-Lee, President of the Global America Business Institute of America, and Jenny Town, Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, to the University of Maine(UM) as part of KEI’s academic outreach. Ms. Town and Lowe-Lee participated in a panel entitled, “Nuclear Politics and the Future of the Korean Peninsula”, moderated by UM Assistant Professor Kristin Vekasi. The group also visited a UM School of Policy and International Affairs class and Director Ferrier separately led a Six-Party Talks simulation with students. 
April 3, 2017
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola visited the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on March 31 to speak to two Political Science classes. Pictured are Mark and Academy instructor Lieutenant Commander Rachael Gosnell.
March 31, 2017
KEI’s Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade travelled to the University of Memphis to take part in a discussion of the North Korean nuclear crisis and speak with students about starting careers in international affairs in Washington, DC. Also taking part in the talks were Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and William Brown, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.   KEI’s Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade travelled to the University of Mississippi to take part in a discussion of the North Korean nuclear crisis. Also taking part in the talk were Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and William Brown, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.
March 28, 2017
KEI Director of Academic Affairs & Research Kyle Ferrier will travel to Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA to speak on a panel regarding U.S.-Korea economic relations, engage with students on starting a career in international affairs, and conduct a Six-Party Talks simulation. Please click here to learn more about KEI's university outreach.
March 23, 2017
  Please scroll down to view the video of the event   Co-sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy   The Future of U.S.-Korea Economic Relations Five Years after the U.S.-Korea FTA   With the inauguration of the Donald Trump as president of the United States, U.S. policy towards international trade and views of the currency policies of trading partners have begun to shift. Under the new administration, there is a greater emphasis on trade deficits, U.S. manufacturing exports, well-paying domestic jobs, and foreign direct investment. As the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) FTA approaches its fifth anniversary, and South Korea prepares for its own presidential transition, what are the future prospects for U.S.-Korea economic relations? What new areas of opportunity and challenge exist for each administration? Please join KEI and KIEP for a discussion of the future of U.S.-Korea economic relations and look back at five years of economic relations under the KORUS FTA.
March 15, 2017
On March 13, KEI hosted the Six-Party Talks Simulation with 46 students at Loyola Marymount University. To learn more about University Programs, please click here.
March 13, 2017
Korea Club  Thursday | March 9, 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm   North Korea and the Mission to Account for America's Missing Korean War Servicemen   Guest Speaker: Col. Ashton Ormes (USA Ret.)   Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA   Ashton Ormes is a retired U.S. Army colonel, a Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer, and a former civilian member of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO).  He first became involved in the mission to account for America’s missing Korean War servicemen, and initiatives to win North Korean cooperation in this effort, while serving in the United Nations Command component of the Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) in Panmunjom, Korea from 1986 to 1988.  Returning to Panmunjom from 1995 to 1997 as the UNCMAC Secretary, he participated in negotiations leading to joint US/DPRK operations in North Korea that began in 1996, ended in 2005, and recovered the remains of 229 missing men.  From 2000 to 2005, as the Director of Research and Analysis for DPMO, he took part in negotiations with North Korean representatives and traveled to North Korea six times to observe remains recovery operations in North and South Pyongan Provinces and in South Hamgyong Province.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of both the Republic of Korea Army College and the U.S. Army War College.
March 9, 2017
On March 9, KEI hosted the Six-Party Talks Simulation with 19 students at Stanford University. To learn more about University Programs, please click here.
March 9, 2017
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
Information on this event TBD.
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