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 will be attending the 2016 International Studies Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. There, we sponsored two panels about the Korean Peninsula, including this discussion of Korea-Japan relations. Please scroll to the bottom for the video recording of this event.     Overcoming the South Korea-Japan Values Gap   Friday, March 18 | 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm EST   Brad Glosserman and Scott Snyder’s 2015 book, The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States, made important contributions toward understanding the relationship between these two U.S. allies, utilizing a national identity approach. Aspects of their ultimate suggestion for a grand bargain, combining national identities and interests, is inherent in the December 28, 2015 settlement of the comfort women issue. In light of this agreement, among other major recent developments, the authors will further reflect on the relationship from the perspective of their countries of expertise. Mr. Glosserman and Mr. Snyder are joined by three other observers of Japan-South Korea relations who will introduce their own perspectives on key areas of the relationship and how it has developed over time through the lens of national identity.   Featuring  Mark Tokola:Vice President, Korea Economic Institute of America Scott Snyder: Senior Fellow for Korea Studies, Council on Foreign Relations Brad Glosserman:Executive Director, Pacific Forum CSIS Audrye Wong: PhD Candidate, Princeton University Gilbert Rozman: Emeritus Professor, Princeton University Kan Kimura: Professor, Kobe University   -----  
March 18, 2016
KEI will be attending the 2016 International Studies Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. There, we will be sponsoring two panels about the Korean Peninsula. We will be livestreaming both of these presentations on our website at www.keia.org/page/livestream. Please find more information about the first panel below.     Deciphering China’s Security Intentions in Northeast Asia  Wednesday, March 16 | 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm EST   Debates about China’s security intentions in policy circles and the media have intensified recently, with potentially far-reaching consequences. This panel brings attention to five of the most important aspects of the debates regarding China’s security objectives in Northeast Asia: how the debate has changed in the last 2-3 years; how different schools of thought approach the issue; how the debate manifests in the media; how this appears to be reflected in government circles; and what the implications are for policy toward China. The discussion will not only cover details of the separate national debates, it will compare them, delving into issues outside what is discussed in the United States. Coverage of China is, arguably, the most important arena for shaping public opinion and official policy in the region. A major step toward improving the chances for peace is to expose distorted coverage and point to ways it could be improved, which this panel seeks to accomplish.   Featuring:   Oriana Skylar Mastro: Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Mark Tokola: Vice President, Korea Economic Institute of America Michishita Narushige: Director of Security and International studies, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan Alexander Gabuev: Chair of Russia in the Asia-Pacific, Moscow Carnegie Center Dong Ryul Lee: Professor of Chinese studies, Dongduk Women’s University Gilbert Rozman: Emeritus Professor Princeton University
March 16, 2016
On March 3, KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo discussed U.S.-Korea relations with Representative Brad Sherman, the ranking Democrat Member of the Asia & Pacific Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  
March 3, 2016
On March 1, KEI President Donald Manzullo and Executive Director Phil Eskeland met with Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39th), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Capitol Hill. They discussed the latest in U.S.-Korea relations.
March 1, 2016
  On March 1, KEI President Donald Manzullo and Executive Director met with Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3rd) on Capitol Hill. They discussed the latest in U.S.-Korea relations.
March 1, 2016
KEI and the Korea Foundation hosted Dr. Choi Kang of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies and Dr. John Park of Harvard University for a discussion of the current situation on the Korean peninsula with young U.S.-Korea scholars.
February 24, 2016
On February 24, KEI travelled to Stanford University as part of its university outreach program. As part of the trip, KEI conducted its Six Party Talks Simulation Exercise for a class of around 30 students in a class about U.S. policy in Northeast Asia. The students were able to take on the role of one of the countries represented at the negotiation table, and work out a solution to North Korean security and humanitarian concerns. Please click here to learn more about KEI's University Programs and Academic Outreach.
February 24, 2016
KEI’s Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier travelled to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida to host a public program and engage with students in the classroom. On February 23, Christen Broecker, Keith Luse, and David Maxwell spoke to a group of 140 students, faculty, and members of the general public on a panel entitled “Out of Order? Approaching North Korean Human Rights & Denuclearization.” Earlier in the day the group visited two classes concentrating on North Korea and relations between the U.S. and East Asia to discuss a range of issues concerning North Korea and to take questions from students.    
February 23, 2016
On February 18, 2016, KEI hosted 16 students from Syracuse University for a Six-Party Talks Simulation exercise. KEI has partnered with Syracuse for several years to bring students in for the simulation as part of the university's Maxwell in Washington program. Please click here to learn more about KEI's University Programs and Academic Outreach.
February 18, 2016
On February 11, KEI was proud to host a group of students from the Asan Academy for a Six Party Talks simulation exercise. Each student played the role of one of the countries at the table for the negotiations, and tried to come to a consensus on some of the major issues plaguing the Korean peninsula - including North Korea's nuclear program and human rights. For more informaiton on KEI's Six Party Talks Simulation exercise and other University Outreach Programs, please click here.
February 11, 2016
On February 10, KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo spoke to a class of international business students at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University to reflect upon his 20 years of experience in Congress and on the changing political climate in the United States on the issue of international trade.  Invited by his long-time friend, Associate Professor Michael Czinkota, Ph.D. (pictured on the right), to address his class, former Congressman Manzullo engaged in a dialogue with students on the latest issues in U.S.-Korea relations, including prospects for further economic sanctions against North Korea, and projections for enactment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
February 10, 2016
Please scroll down for the video recording of this program The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea's Abduction Program Featuring: Robert Boynton Author of "The Invitation-Only Zone" & Director of New York University's Literary Reportage Concentration  With: Kathy Moon SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies Brookings Institution Sheila Smith Senior Fellow for Japan Studies Council on Foreign Relations     Wednesday | February 3, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010 -----   In the late 1970s and early 1980s, North Korea abducted Japanese citizens from coastal towns, an outrageous act that has haunted Japan and driven the careers of politicians such as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In "The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project," Robert Boynton tells the story of these Japanese citizens whose lives were forever altered as part of a plan by North Korea to reeducate the abductees and turn them into spies. Thanks to extensive interviews with former abductees, Boynton is able to recount the lives of those forced to live in guarded communities that were presented as “Invitation-Only Zones” after North Korea’s plan faltered. On February 3, KEI hosted Boynton for a discussion of North Korea’s plan to turn Japanese abductees into spies and the lives that were ruined.    .     -------  
February 3, 2016
Scroll down for the video recording of this event.     Navigating Korea's Labor Market Reforms Thursday | January 21, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm With remarks by: Chang Hong-geun Director, Industrial Relations Research Division Korea Labor Institute  Moderated by: Kyle Ferrier Director of Academic Affairs and Research Korea Economic Institute   Faced with growing youth unemployment and public dissatisfaction with labor market conditions, representatives from South Korean labor, management, and government finalized an agreement to reform the domestic labor regime in September last year. This first step to reform South Korea’s labor market introduces a number of significant new measures, including the expansion of the social safety net and clarification of employment guidelines, but significant opposition from major labor unions jeopardizes its full implementation.   KEI hosted Dr. Chang Hong-geun to present his findings. He outlined the importance of this agreement and how the political differences among the three stakeholders can be navigated to advance the initial stages of South Korea’s labor market reform.  To read Dr. Chang's paper, please click here.    
January 21, 2016
On January 19, KEI hosted a group of students from Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea during their visit to Washington, DC. President Donald Manzullo, Executive Director Phil Eskeland and Director of Academic Affairs Kyle Ferrier spoke to the students about about the U.S.-South Korea relations and KEI's role in strengthening the ties between the two countries. To learn more about KEI's university outreach, please click here.
January 19, 2016
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.  Recognizing Leaders in Culinary Excellence Jae Ok Chang, Author & Director of the Global Korean Cuisine Research Center Edward Lee, Chef & Owner of 610 Magnolia & former Top Chef contestant Rachel Yang, Chef & Owner of Joule, Revel & Trove   Moderated by: Marja Vongerichten, Chef, Author & TV Personality. Please click here to view the official press release about the event, and scroll down to view the video of the luncheon.                        
January 13, 2016
The Future of United States-Republic of Korea Civilian Nuclear Cooperation   Friday | December 18, 2015 10:30 am - 1:00 pm Le Meridien Hotel 333 Battery Street, San Francisco, California   Welcome remarks by: Dong-man Han  Consul General Republic of Korea in San Francisco Mark Tokola Vice President  Korea Economic Institute of America   Keynote address: Kathleen Stephens  William J. Perry Distinguished Fellow  APARC Stanford University Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea   A panel discussion featuring: Dr. Karl van Bibber Chair, Nuclear Engineering  University of California, Berkeley (moderator)   Dr. Joonhong Ahn  Professor of Nuclear Engineering University of California, Berkeley   Dr. Chaim Braun Consulting Professor Stanford University   Dr. Jay Davis Senior Fellow and President Emeritus Hertz Foundation   Dr. Lee Kwang-seok Director of the Center for ROK-U.S. Cooperation Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute     This past summer, the United States and the Republic of Korea signed a new civil nuclear cooperation agreement, often called a “123 Agreement,” to further and deepen the cooperation between the two countries and reaffirm their joint commitment to nuclear nonproliferation. With the agreement in force, now is the time to look at the steps forward for nuclear energy cooperation between these two allies. The speakers will explore where civil nuclear cooperation fits within the context of the alliance, the details of the 123 Agreement and what makes it different from agreements the U.S. has with other countries, and what the establishment of a High Level Bilateral Commission will mean for key issues that remain between the two countries, including nuclear safety, spent fuel management, and the future of enrichment and reprocessing.     This program is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the United States.
December 18, 2015
Charting the Course for US-Korea Nuclear Energy Cooperation:  A Roadmap for the Future   Remarks and presentations by:   The Hon. Steve Pearce U.S. Congressman (NM, 02)   Dong-ik Shin Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea   Susan Pickering Director, Nuclear Energy & Fuel Cycle Programs, Sandia National Laboratories   Seung Koo Lee President, Korea Academy of Nuclear Safety Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning, Republic of Korea   Keynote address by:   The Hon. Lee Terry Former U.S. Congressman (NE, 02)     On December 15, 2015 KEI and the Global America Business Institute (GABI) co-hosted a discussion on US-Republic of Korea nuclear energy cooperation. Around 110 people attended the event, which was held at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   In June 2015, the U.S. and the Republic of Korea formally signed the renewal of their nuclear cooperation agreement, or 123 Agreement, marking the continuation of a decades-long relationship that has evolved significantly since its early days. Korea, once totally dependent upon U.S. nuclear energy technology, is now a major global nuclear vendor and exporter, and the revised 123 Agreement reflects this reality. Korea, also among the world’s leaders in the development of next-generation reactor and fuel cycle technologies, is now positioned to be a more active and able partner for the U.S., particularly in advanced nuclear energy R&D.    
December 14, 2015
In the second of two events co-hosted by KEI and the Korea Society, the World Bank Group's Marc Stocker, American Enterprise Institute's Alex Pollock, and the Korea Economic Institute's Don Manzullo discussed the ramifications of a potential hike on Korea in a conversation with Tom Byrne, President of The Korea Society. 
December 14, 2015
On December 10, 2015, KEI will host students from The Asan Institute for Policy Studies' Asan Academy for a Six-Party Talks Simulation exercise. For more informaiton on KEI's Six Party Talks Simulation exercise and other University Outreach Programs, please click here.
December 10, 2015
General Scaparrotti, head of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) in South Korea, visited KEI on December 8 to meet with KEI staff, members of the KEI Board of Directors,  and other experts, to discuss economic and political issues facing the Korean peninsula and the U.S.-ROK alliance.
December 8, 2015
Troy Stangarone, KEI's Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade, spoke at a workshop on U.S.-Japan economic cooperation involving TPP, AIIB, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Architecture at the East-West Center's Washington, DC office. In his remarks, Mr. Stangarone discussed Korea's trade policy, its policy options on TPP, and Korea's participation in AIIB. The event focused on the new agreements and organizations in the Asia Pacific that signal a major transformation of the current regional economic and political order. On the trade front, the 12 Asia Pacific members have just concluded negotiations establishing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which, if ratified and successfully enforced, will redefine the trade and investment framework and establish new rules for the region. In the financial arena, China's new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is already challenging both the modality and the norms of existing development financing.  Click here to learn more about the program.
December 1, 2015
Since the death of Kim Il-sung in 1994 there have been numerous predictions that the collapse of the North Korean political system would be imminent, yet the Kim dynasty continues to rule. Although some prominent experts have emphasized the resilience of the North Korean regime, there is a dearth of explanations as to why outlook on the fate of North Korea’s leadership has differed so greatly from reality.
November 18, 2015
On Nov. 16 Korea Club hosted Dr. Chanil An, President of the North Korea Research Center, who will give a presenation titled "North Korea and North Korean Human Rights after the Seventh Workers' Party Congress".
November 16, 2015
On November 14, the Korea Economic Institute hosted a Six Party Talks Simulation at Georgetown University. Around 20 students from Georgetown, Johns Hopkins SAIS, George Washington University and George Mason University participated in the program, which teaches them firsthand about the difficulties of a multilateral negotiation. The students each played the role of a participant in the negotiations, and had to come to a consensus on how to deal with various issues facing North Korea and stability in the region. For more informaiton on KEI's Six Party Talks Simulation exercise and other University Outreach Programs, please click here.   -----  
November 14, 2015
As part of the John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture Series at the Marquette University, KEI President Donald Manzullo and Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade Troy Stangarone gave presentations on the unification of the Korean peninsula and how Washington, DC works. 
November 11, 2015