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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Please view the video from the event below.   U.S. Fed Interest Rate Normalization: The Impact on Korea, the U.S., and the Global Economy   On November 9, KEI and The Korea Society hosted a discussion with a panel of distinguished experts in the fields of financial risk and macroeconomics on how the inherent challenges for the global economy from higher interest rates will impact South Korea and the U.S.  After over seven years of near zero interest rates, the Federal Reserve may now be ready to raise rates, but is the world ready? Normalizing interest rates is expected to cause significant capital outflows from emerging economies, exposing debt burdens amassed in a period of cheap credit and depreciating local currencies against the dollar. In light of slowing global growth and the rising strength of the dollar, investors are concerned tighter U.S. monetary policy will precipitate a major financial crisis in emerging markets. Though advanced economies are projected to be less affected, the scale of another global crisis could disrupt U.S. and South Korean growth, reflected in recent IMF adjustments to its 2020 nominal GDP forecasts. The scope of a possible crisis in emerging markets has drawn parallels to 2008, but to what extent should a new crisis be considered separate or a continuance of the previous one? Is the crisis on the horizon an inevitable outcome of the Fed’s policies over the past seven years? What does this suggest about the efficacy of both conventional and unconventional monetary policy and the role of central banks in managing their economies moving forward?  
November 9, 2015
The Korea Economic Institute of America travelled to Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey to host two panel discussions and conduct a Six Party Talks simulation exercise. On November 9, Miles Pomper, Paul Kerr, and Jenny Town spoke to a group of about 50 students and faculty on a panel entitled "The Last Rogue State: Handling North Korea after the Iran Deal." Afterward, they spoke with students on a career panel to give advice on getting a job in international affairs in Washington, DC. That evening, KEI conducted a Six Party Talks simulation with 24 students.
November 9, 2015
In his most recent work, Dr. Hyoung Tae Kim analyzes whether reliance on Samsung Electronics constrains growth and constitutes significant systemic risk to the South Korean economy through the introduction of a Systemically Important Corporation (SICO) framework, mirroring the Financial Stability Board’s Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI) classification for financial institutions. On October 28, 2015, KEI hosted Dr. Kim for a presentation of his innovative approach to identifying why Samsung’s main lines of business have been successful in South Korea and his recommendations to diversify away from Samsung to industries with similar characteristics in order to foster greater growth of the South Korean economy. Please click here to read Dr. Kim's paper and watch the video below.    
October 28, 2015
Please view the video for this event below.   Devotion: A Tale of Courage from the "Forgotten War"     Little is written about the people involved in the “Forgotten War” … until now. Best-selling author Adam Makos spent over five years researching and interviewing those who were involved in the Korean War, which culminated into his latest book, Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and Sacrifice.   Devotion tells the story of the friendship between the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo:  Lieutenant Thomas Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown. One from the elite circles of New England, the other from rural Mississippi, their divergent lives cross when they both serve as pilots in the same squadron in the Korean War.   On October 26, KEI hosted author Adam Makos, Lt. General Chip Gregson, and Dr. James Person of the History Program at Woodrow Wilson Center, for a discussion of Devotion and those who served in the Korean War.       
October 26, 2015
On Friday, October 16, President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) Donald Manzullo spoke on a panel at the George Washington University School of Business regarding the entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Korea. Drawing from his experience as a former member of the US House of Representatives where he served as the Chairman of the Small Business Committee for three terms, President Manzullo compared the challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises in the US and Republic of Korea, emphasizing South Korea’s manufacturing base as a continued source of economic growth. Also participating on the panel were Dr. Yoon-Shik Park, Professor of International Business at George Washington University; Dr. Ki-Chan Kim, Professor of Business Administration at The Catholic University of Korea; and Danny Leipziger, Managing Director of the Growth Dialogue. 
October 16, 2015
KEI President and former Congressman Donald Manzullo participated in a networking reception on Capitol Hill hosted by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) where Members of Congress from districts with investment from Korea or an interest in Korea met with representatives of U.S.-subsidiaries of Korean-based corporations.  Pictured here are representatives from the Korean business community along with Representative Mike Honda (D-CA), Billy Long (R-MO), and KEI President Manzullo.  Also attending (but not pictured) were Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-AL),  Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Grace Meng (D-NY), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). 
October 8, 2015
Former Congressman now President and CEO of Korea Economic Institute (KEI) Donald Manzullo congratulates his good friend and former colleague, Congressman Mike Honda of California, upon his being given an honorary PhD in Political Science from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea.  Congressman Honda was honored by the University for his outstanding work in promoting human rights and his sensitivity and support of  Korean and Korean American issues.
October 8, 2015
Please view the videos from the event below.   In the past year alone, the U.S.-ROK alliance has overcome many challenges while continuing to strengthen relations. However, as South Korea looks towards its broader interests in the region and in the world, many question the future shape of the of the U.S.-ROK partnership and what role the U.S. will play in the Asia-Pacific region.  On October 5, 2015, KEI and the Hanmi Club hosted a discussion with a distinguished group of visiting Korean journalists and political commentators on what Presidents Park Geun-hye and Barack Obama should talk about during the October 16 Summit.   Introductory remarks by: Donald Manzullo | KEI President & CEO David Pong | Hanmi Club Chairman Ahn Ho-young | Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States   Discussants: Andrew Weber | Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response, U.S. State Department Mi-sook Lee | News Editor, Mun Hwa Daily News Chan-soon Nam | Editorial Writer & Political Reporter, Dong-A Ilbo Kang-duk Lee | Washington Bureau Chief, KBS News William Brown | Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Mark Tokola | Vice President, Korea Economic Institute    
October 5, 2015
On September 28, 2015, KEI sponsored a panel discussion at Angelo State University (ASU) entitled "Preparing for Collapse in North Korea: Challenges and Issues." Around 114 students, staff and members of the public attended the symposium, which was co-sponsored with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies at ASU. The panelists discussed contingency plans in the event of a collapse, how regional actors will react, and how to deal with the nuclear issue.
September 28, 2015
On September 24, 2015, 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. 
September 24, 2015
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
On Sept. 15, 2015, KEI Vice President Mark Tokola participated in the 3rd Annual US-ROK Dialogue at the Wilson Center. Tokola shared his expertise on a panel entitled "Northeast Asian Dynamism and the U.S.-ROK Alliance: Past, Present, and Future."
September 15, 2015
On September 10, KEI hosted a discussion of the United States’ relationships with South Korea and India and the prospects for increasing cooperation between the three countries. Watch the video for this event below, and check out our blog recapping the discussion here.  
September 10, 2015
Troy Stangarone, KEI’s Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade, spoke at the recent Harvard Project on Asia and International Relations conference in Manila. Mr. Stangarone was on the Security and Diplomacy panel on commercial diplomacy and the next resource horizon with Dr. Tereda Takashi from the University of Kyoto and Dr. Richard Javad Heydarian from De La Salle University. Mr. Stangarone discussed the history of China’s economic development, drive behind its need for resources, and the dynamics behind the evolving economic architecture in East Asia.   More information on the 2015 Harvard Project on Asia and International Relations conference in Manilia can be found here.
August 22, 2015
Donald Manzullo, former Congressman and now President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America, participated in the US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Atlanta on July 30th. Manzullo appeared on a panel at the conference to discuss the role of science in diplomacy.  In addition, Manzullo met with the Korean Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning and five Members of Korea's National Assembly. They are Min Byung Joo, Sun Sang Kee, Park In Sook, Kang Ghil Boo, and Hong Moon Jong.  He was accompanied by Dr. Youngha Park, President of the Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP).   KEI President and CEO Donald Manzullo (second from left) participated in a panel at the US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship along with (left to right) Dr. Sangki Jeong, Director, Office of National R&D Evaluation and Analysis, KISTEP; Dr. Youngha Park, President of KISTEP; Dr. Tim Persons, Chief Scientist for (US) Government Accountability Office (GAO); and Dr. Moonjung Choi, Director General, Office of Strategic Foresight, KISTEP.  
July 30, 2015
On Monday, July 27 at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, President/CEO of KEI Donald Manzullo and Vice President Mark Tokola participated in a luncheon/forum with Kim Moo Sung. Kim is the Chairman of the Supreme Council, Saenuri Party in the  Korea National Assembly, the equivalent of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
July 27, 2015
Troy Stangarone, KEI’s Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade, spoke at a recent Global Business Dialogue event on China’s soft power with Stuart Mackintosh, the Executive Director at The Group of 30; Kevin B. Quinn, Sr. Vice President of HSBC; and Meg Lundsager a fellow at The Wilson Center and a former U.S. Executive Director at the IMF. Mr. Stangarone focused his remarks on the role of Korea as a RMB hub, Korea’s participation in the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the Korea-China FTA. More information about the event can be found here, and an audio recording of the event is available here.
July 24, 2015
On July 24, KEI hosted 42 students from the Korea-America Student Conference for a Six Party Talks Simulation. The conference is an exchange between Korean and American students which includes stops all around the country. At KEI, the students each got to play the role of one of the countries around the table during the Six Party Talks, working through issues such as nuclear proliferation, human rights and aid money in order to try and reach an agreement.   For more information on KEI's Six Party Talks Simulation and bringing KEI to your student group, click here.
July 24, 2015
On July 22, KEI hosted Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga to discuss his research analyzing Chinese military commentary about North Korea and offering insight on how to better decipher statements from Chinese military officials about North Korea. Dr. Jonathan Pollack served as a discussant providing context and additional thoughts about the paper.   Please click here to view the paper | Video of the program can be viewed below    
July 22, 2015
On July 20, Joo Ho Young, Member of the National Assembly of Korea and Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, met with former congressman and KEI President and CEO Don Manzullo; former congressman Peter Hoekstra, chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence;  Phil Eskeland, Executive Director of Programs and Policy at KEI and a 26 year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives staff; and Mark Tokola, Vice President of KEI and 38 year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. The group met to exchange ideas and discuss issues of how the U.S. and Korea handle matters of  intelligence.
July 20, 2015
The U.S.-ROK relationship has evolved from a strategic alliance designed to deter aggression from North Korea into a “comprehensive strategic alliance,” expanding well beyond the security realm. But this broader vision of the alliance is still in development. With the Obama-Park summit postponed due to the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Korea, the allies now have more time to solidify an agenda that not only reaffirms their strong bilateral relationship, but sets goals for cooperation on hot-button regional and global issues. Join us for a distinguished U.S.-ROK panel discussion on the key issues for the summit agenda and how the allies should address current regional challenges, while further modernizing the alliance to tackle the emerging global threats of the twenty-first century. Registration is now closed.
July 15, 2015
The U.S.-ROK relationship has evolved from a strategic alliance designed to deter aggression from North Korea into a comprehensive strategic alliance, expanding well beyond the security realm. But, this broader vision of the alliance is still one in the making. With the Washington-Seoul summit postponed over the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Korea, the allies now have more time to solidify an agenda that not only reaffirms their strong bilateral relationship, but sets goals to cooperate on hot-button regional and global issues. Join us for a distinguished U.S.-ROK statesman’s dialogue on the key issues for the summit agenda and how the allies should address current regional challenges, while further modernizing the alliance to tackle the emerging global threats of the 21st century.
June 25, 2015
Korea Club is pleased to host Dr. Kongdan (Katy) Oh Hassig for her presentation on "The Hidden People of North Korea".
June 23, 2015
With the continued debate of Trade Promotion Authority expected in the House and the prospect for the conclusion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) approaching, there has been significant discussion of how the KORUS FTA has performed. However, much of this discussion takes place outside the context of those who work with the agreement on a day-to-day basis.    Please join KEI for a timely discussion of the impact of the KORUS FTA and Korea’s prospective entry into the TPP with members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.   This event will be on the record but recording devices are not permitted at the venue.
June 18, 2015
On June 11, KI hosted Dr. Georgy Toloraya, Director of the Center for Asian Strategy at the Russian Academy of Sciences wh discussed his thoughts on Russia’s foreign policy toward the two Koreas and its priorities for a peaceful Korean peninsula in the future.  Please click here to view the paper | Video of the program can be viewed below Background Greater focus has been placed on the North Korea-Russia relationship as both countries find themselves isolated from their neighbors. The attention would have been even greater if Kim Jong-un would have attended Russia’s World War II celebration as initially rumored. Regardless, Russia is continuing to reach out to both Koreas. Potential projects for greater engagement, especially with railways and pipelines, are ways Russia hopes to improve its position internationally while also fostering better inter-Korean relations in order to prevent a potential crisis that could negatively affect Russian interests on the Korean Peninsula.  
June 11, 2015