Featured Past Events

Event Description Event Date
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
Event Description Event Date
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
On September 8, KEI Vice President Mark Tokola joined Jeongmi Heo, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and Mintaro Oba, Korea Desk Officer from the U.S. Department of State for a Future of Korea program in El Paso, Texas.  They met with the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, conducted a luncheon panel discussion for the Borderplex Alliance and the local World Affairs Council, and met with El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, among other activities.  More details of the visit can be found in an interview conducted at the time with the publication El Paso Inc.
September 8, 2016
  A Changing North Korea   Guest Speaker:   Markus Garlauskas   Wednesday |  September 7, 2016 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182   ** This event will be OFF-THE-RECORD **   You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The event will feature Mr. Markus Garlauskas who will give an off-the-record presentation entitled, "A Changing North Korea." Markus Garlauskas is the Senior National Intelligence Officer on the National Intelligence Council at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).  He oversees the production of coordinated intelligence community strategic analysis on NorthKorea, while serving as the DNI’s senior subject matter expert and analytic advisor on North Korea issues in support of the DNI's role as the principal intelligence adviser to the President. From 2002 to 2014, Mr. Garlauskas served on the staff of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea in Seoul, including as Chief of Intelligence Estimates and Chief of the Strategy Division. In the latter capacity, he served as the principal civilian advisor to three successive commanders on strategic political-military issues, and worked closely with South Korean counterparts on strategies for countering North Korean missiles and WMD. For his work in Korea, he received the Joint Civilian Distinguished Service Award, the highest award for a civilian from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He holds Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.   PROGRAM DETAILS Reception will begin at 6:30pm, 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. This talk will be off the record. 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.
September 7, 2016
On August 17, KEI’s Troy Stangarone and Kyle Ferrier visited the University of Montana to engage with students as part of the annual Japan-America Student Conference. Kyle led a group of 54 Japanese and American students in a Six-Party Talks simulation and Troy presented on the implications of the 2016 U.S. presidential election for relations with Asia, placing particular importance on U.S.-Japan-South Korea relations. The two KEI staff members were joined by a number of university professors and administrators, including university president Royce C. Engstrom.     
August 17, 2016
After winning the Olympic bronze medal in soccer for the first time during the 2012 London Olympics, the South Korean Men's U-23 team is aiming for another medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. After defeating Fiji 8:0 in its first group match this week, the South Korean team is off to a thrilling start.  KEI is pleased to invite you to join us at our conference facilities for snacks and light refreshments and to watch the matchup between Korea and Mexico.
August 10, 2016
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August 5, 2016
Please find the full video of this event below. ----------   Discussion of the Security Situation on the Korean Peninsula and in East Asia   The security situation on the Korean peninsula and in East Asia is evolving. North Korea has continued to advance its nuclear and missile programs and is developing a second strike capability. China and Russia are pushing back against efforts by the United States and South Korea to deploy THAAD to protect South Korea and U.S. bases on the peninsula against North Korean attacks.  In the region more broadly, the Permanent Court of Arbitration will make a ruling on July 12 on claims in the South China Sea that is expected to increase tensions in the region. Please join KEI for a discussion on how the security situation on the peninsula and the region is changing and the ongoing role of the U.S.-Korea alliance.  
July 14, 2016
  WHEN Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM - Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM (EDT)    WHERE Copley Formal Lounge - 3700 O Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007 - View Map   ---------   Breakfast and Lunch is provided for all attendees; this event is free and open to the public.  An annotated agenda is below; the full agenda may be viewed here.     This special event is supported through the generosity of the Philip and Patricia Bilden Asian Security Studies Fund.        
June 29, 2016
Please scroll down to view the full video recording of this event.   South Korea's Balancing Act in the Middle East   Seoul has recently made major efforts to deepen economic ties in the Middle East, including President Park Geun-hye’s trip to Iran and announcing free trade negotiations with Israel. While the energy sector has been at the core of these ties, increased economic diversification in the Middle East presents a number of new opportunities for eager South Korean companies. However, these economic interests may potentially be undermined by security and political challenges if they are not properly navigated. Please join KEI and Alon Levkowitz for a discussion on how Seoul’s strategy in the Middle East can maximize its economic benefits while minimizing the security risks.  
June 28, 2016
The full video from this event can be found below.     Are Sanctions the Rights Tool for the Job Against North Korea?     The international community has responded to each of North Korea’s four nuclear tests with increasingly tougher sanctions. However, Pyongyang’s continued defiance requires us to reassess whether a cycle of strengthening existing measures is the most effective means to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Is the power structure of the North Korean political system susceptible to sanctions as they are intended to work? Have the right groups been targeted? How can these tools be better designed to meet our policy goals? Please join KEI and Dr. Dursun Peksen, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis, as he examines how North Korea fits into the theoretical framework on sanctions and discusses the policy implications for the U.S. and others.  
June 23, 2016
On Friday, June 17 KEI’s Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier spoke to students participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Korean language program on the importance of developing language skills to further their careers and build professional relationships.  The students came from undergraduate and graduate programs at universities across the U.S. and will spend two months studying Korean language at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. 
June 17, 2016
  Please find the full video of this event below.   The 2016 OECD Economic Survey of Korea: Promoting Socially Inclusive Growth   The OECD recently released the 2016 Economic Survey of Korea. While economic growth in Korea remained above the OECD average from 2011-2015, economic growth has also slowed to an annual average rate of 2.75 percent. More recently, the decline in global trade has also seen a slowdown in Korean exports, which remain an important part of economic growth for Korea. Over the same period, labor productivity has declined, while problems in the labor market have increased income inequality.      Please join us for a discussion of the current state of the Korean economy and the types of polices Korea could pursue to address challenges related to productivity, unemployment, and social cohesion.   --------  
June 14, 2016
From June 14 to 15 KEI President Donald Manzullo traveled with Ambassador Ahn Ho-young to Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana. The delegation attended the groundbreaking ceremony in Lake Charles for factories jointly funded by the South Korean company Lotte Chemical and the American company Axiall. The facilities will produce ethane cracker, ethelyne, and ethelyne glycol and are expected to add over 200 new direct jobs in the local community.  President Manzullo and Ambassador Ahn then visited New Orleans to speak with local leaders on ways to strengthen ties between the US and South Korea in Louisiana. They visited with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, directors of regional economic development organizations, and the Korean-American community.     
June 13, 2016
  The Kim Jong-un Regime after the 7th Korean Worker's Party Congress   Wednesday | May 25, 2016 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm   Guest Speaker:    Kim Kwang-jin Non-Resident Fellow Committee for Human Rights in North Korea   Location:    Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182  
May 25, 2016
  Not Just Dust in the Wind: China-Korea Cooperation on Transborder Air Pollution   Pollution originating in China carried by the prevailing winds presents a number of serious environmental and health concerns for Korea. While the issue is portrayed in Korea as one stemming solely from China, foreign manufacturing investments in China, including those from Korea, play a key role in contributing to the problem and necessitate Seoul’s cooperation in its resolution. Please join KEI and Dr. Matthew Shapiro for an analysis of the connections between international economics and transboundary air pollution in Northeast Asia, including coordination on possible solutions to this complex issue.   Please click here to read Dr. Shapiro's paper.      
May 19, 2016
The Korean-American Club (Hanmi Club) and Korea Economic Institute of America Present:   Enhancing the U.S.-Korea Security Alliance and Economic Partnership   Monday, May 16, 2016 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm   Please find below the video recording of this event:          
May 16, 2016
On March 22, KEI President Donald Manzullo and Executive Director met with Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-3rd) on Capitol Hill to discuss the latest in U.S.-Korea relations.
May 12, 2016
KEI was honored to co-host an event at its conference facility with the Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to discuss Research and Development (R&D) budgeting and evaluations practices in Korea and the United States in both the public and private sectors.  Attendees heard presentations from Young-Hyun Jin and Juseok Lee of KISTEP; Matthew Hourihan of AAAS; Tim Persons of the Government Accountability Office (GAO); and Ms. Lee Green of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI).
May 4, 2016
What does the U.S.-Republic of Korea strategic alliance look like outside of the context of North Korea? How might U.S. Forces Korea and ROK Armed Forces contribute more to regional security outside of the Korean peninsula? We brought in Mark Tokola, Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute of America, and Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, to talk about this important issue.  
April 20, 2016
On April 18 KEI travelled to the University of California, San Diego to co-sponsor two programs with Dr. Stephan Haggard and the School of Global Policy and Strategy. Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, discussed a path for stronger South Korea-Japan relations at a brown bag lunch with students. In the evening Scott was joined by David Straub, Associate Director of the Korea Program at Stanford University, for a discussion moderated by KEI’s Kyle Ferrier on the results of the April 13 National Assembly elections in South Korea. 
April 18, 2016
  KEI Vice President Mark Tokola gave a luncheon address on April 15 at the DACOR-Bacon House in Washington D.C. on the topic, 'Dealing with Kim Jong-un's North Korea.' DACOR stands for Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired.  The audience consisted of former and serving American diplomats.
April 15, 2016
  Please find the video for this event below.   The Korea Economic Institute and The Korea Society present:   The Implications of the 2016 Korean National Assembly Elections   Featuring: Bruce Klingner Senior Research Fellow The Heritage Foundation Stephen E. Noerper Senior Director for Policy and Corporate Programs The Korea Society Troy Stangarone Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade Korea Economic Institute of America Moderated By: Mark Tokola Vice President Korea Economic Institute of America Thursday | April 14, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010 Please note that due to construction our temporary entrance is on 18th Street.     On April 13, Koreans will head to the polls to elect all 300 members of the National Assembly. This year’s election comes at a time when South Korean voters are concerned about economic growth, employment, and social welfare.  They also come in the aftermath of North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, the closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, and at the height of renewed tensions between North Korea and the international community.    Please join KEI and The Korea Society for a discussion of the election outcomes, how they are likely to shape the remained of Park Geun-hye’s term, and what they may mean for South Korea’s presidential election in December 2017.   --  
April 14, 2016
KEI hosted a private roundtable discussing the Korean exchange rate. Dr. Luis Cubeddu of the International Monetary Fund, Deputy Minister Song In-chang of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, KEI board member Dr. Tae-soo Kang, and Dr. Rui Mano of the IMF were in attendance and appear in the included photo.
April 13, 2016
Shaping the Future of Economic Architecture in East Asia Featuring: Chul Chung Vice President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy Gary Hufbauer Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economic Policy Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit  Assistant Professor, Centre for Multilateralism Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University Tu Xinquan Executive Dean, China Institute for WTO Studies, University of International Business and Economics   Moderated by: Kyle Ferrier Director, Academic Affairs and Research, Korea Economic Institute of America Thursday | April 7, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010 Please note that due to construction our temporary entrance is on 18th Street.   Regional economic initiatives have become increasingly important for the continued growth and stability of East Asia, though the path forward is unclear. Membership in various forums facilitates integration and can present opportunities for stronger economic ties with different partners across the Pacific. However, significant obstacles to trade integration, such as concerns over RCEP’s ambition and the stalled ratification of the TPP in the U.S. Congress, as well as the mixed reception of the AIIB, present a number of questions for how the region can move forward. Even financial cooperation, the clearest achievement of institution-led regional economic cooperation in East Asia, faces a number of significant challenges ahead.   The key to understanding where economic architecture in East Asia may be heading lies with individual member countries. As the drivers of regional initiatives, these stakeholders must balance a number of interests and pursue different strategies that will fundamentally shape further integration.   Please join KEI for a panel discussion examining the perspectives of some of the major stakeholders in East Asia in order to better understand their collective future.   Lunch will be served. To RSVP, please click here   Image from Loïc Lagarde's photostream on flickr Creative Commons.
April 7, 2016
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola spoke at the Korea Society in New York on April 6 regarding the upcoming South Korean Parliamentary Elections.  He teamed for the election preview with Charles Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University.  The event was moderated by Stephen Noerper, Senior Director for Policy, The Korea Society.  Mr. Tokola and Professor Armstrong discussed the Korean party platforms, voter preferences, and implications of the possible outcomes.
April 6, 2016