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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The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights and the Korea Economic Institute of America Present:   Human Rights and North Korea's Overseas Laborers: Dilemmas and Policy Challenges   Tuesday | May 12, 2015 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm KEI Conference Facility     For more than 70 years, the North Korean state has been exporting its laborers overseas in an effort to secure ample amounts of foreign currency for its nuclear and missile development programs. As a result, thousands of North Korean laborers work excessive hours, in dangerous conditions, and only receive a fraction of their legal salaries. Therefore it is imperative that this issue is brought to the attention of the international community in order to bring more light to the issue by providing new facts and professional analysis.     With this goal in mind, the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) and the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) are co-hosting a conference on the human rights conditions of North Korean laborers. NKDB researchers, KEI staff and other prominent North Korean and human rights specialists will gather together for presentation and discussion of the severe labor rights and basic human rights violations faced by North Korean laborers overseas. Additional information will be provided by a North Korean defector, who worked for about 2 years overseas, and will share his witness testimony with the audience. 
May 12, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22 the Korea Economic Institute of America and Johns Hopkins University will co-host a career panel at Levering Hall on Johns Hopkins University's Baltimore Campus.  The career panel is part of KEI's University Programs. To learn more about KEI's University Programs, please click here.
April 22, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, KEI sponsored a Six Party Talks Simulation for students at Johns Hopkins University. During the simulation students act as lead negotiators for one of the six countries involved in the North Korea nuclear negotiations (i.e., United States, Russia, South Korea, North Korea, China, and Japan). As government representatives, they are tasked to reach a comprehensive agreement for North Korea's denuclearization. With private information, resources, and their own wit, negotiators are out to win the best outcome for their respective governments. Students will learn about the issues involved in the Six Party Talks, nuclear diplomacy, and the difficulties of international negotiation, while having a great time through experiential learning.  To learn more about KEI's University Programs, please click here.
April 22, 2015
The Korea Economic Institute of America and Johns Hopkins University hosted an event titled “Improving U.S.-East Asian Relations in a Year of Anniversaries.” On Tuesday, April 21 panelists drew from their diverse backgrounds and discuss how the many anniversaries of 2015, such as the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, affect the U.S. relationship with its allies in East Asia. In attendance for this event were students and faculty of Johns Hopkins University.    
April 21, 2015
On April 16, 2015 KEI hosted the  Honorable Stephen Bosworth and Dr. Marcus Noland who discussed economic and diplomatic options for the United States and South Korea in dealing with North Korea. Please watch the video of the program here:  
April 16, 2015
On Thursday, April 16 the Global America Business Institute (GABI) in collaboration with the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) hosted a hill briefting on the "Next Generation Nuclear Energy: Cooperation Between Korea and the U.S." If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Mark Olson here. The venue is subject to change. Continental breakfast will be provided. Seating is limited, so please register at your earliest convenience here.   
April 16, 2015
On Tuesday, April 7, KEI moderated a Six Party Talks Simulation for students at the University of Maine. During the simulation students act as lead negotiators for one of the six countries involved in the North Korea nuclear negotiations (i.e., United States, Russia, South Korea, North Korea, China, and Japan). As government representatives, they are tasked to reach a comprehensive agreement for North Korea's denuclearization. With private information, resources, and their own wit, negotiators are out to win the best outcome for their respective governments. University of Maine students will learn about the issues involved in the Six Party Talks, nuclear diplomacy, and the difficulties of international negotiation, while having a great time through experiential learning. To learn more about University Programs, please click here.
April 7, 2015
On April 7, KEI visited the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York to conduct its Six Party Talks Simulation. In the Alexander Haig room in the U.S. Military Academy’s Library, 47 cadets took part in the Six Party Talks simulation. During the simulation students act as lead negotiators for one of the six countries involved in the North Korea nuclear negotiations (i.e., United States, Russia, South Korea, North Korea, China, and Japan). As government representatives, they are tasked to reach a comprehensive agreement for North Korea's denuclearization. With private information, resources, and their own wit, negotiators are out to win the best outcome for their respective governments. After the simulation, Nicholas Hamisevicz, Director of Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI), talked with the cadets about the similarities and differences from their negotiations to the current states of affairs in Northeast Asia.
April 7, 2015
The Korea Economic Institute of America with the Institute of World Affairs (IWA) at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee hosted a Future of Korea program from April 7-8, 2015. During the trip, members from the U.S. Department of State, Embassy of the Republic of Korea and KEI will travel to participate in a public program and meetings in Milwaukee.
April 7, 2015
On April 6, 2015  the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) co-hosted a panel with the University of Maine on South Korean perspective of the U.S. rebalance to Asia. Panelists Dr. Jung-yeop Woo and Dr. Van Jackson discussed the successes and difficulties of the intended signal U.S. of commitment to the Asian region. 
April 6, 2015
The energy sector is in the midst of unpredicted and unprecedented change. The falling price of petroleum; geopolitical shifts in the sources of energy; continuing concern over emissions; and new technological breakthroughs in producing, using, and storing power pose challenges to industry and government alike. The United States and Korea are natural partners in energy. The U.S., an energy exporter, and Korea, an energy importer, have a strong interest in energy trade. As leading countries in scientific research and the application of new technology, the two are also natural partners. Please view photos and videos of the program below: ________________________________________________________________  
April 2, 2015
On Sunday, March 29 the Korea Economic Institute of America hosted a panel at the Association of Asian Studies conference in Chicago, Illinois titled “The Impact of National Identities on the reunification of Korea". Please view the video of the program below:
March 29, 2015
On March 28, 2015, KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo moderated a panel discussion on economic and political challenges effecting Asia at the inaugural forum of the Rockford University Global Affairs Council in Rockford, Illinois. The panelists included Dr. Jin Park, former Chairman of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Unification of the Korean National Assembly; Dr. Gil Rozman, Emeritus Musgrave Professor at Princeton University; and Dr. Roxana Idu, Assistant Professor of Economics at Rockford University. The event was kicked-off with welcoming remarks from the Vice President and Provost of Rockford University, Dr. Steven Siconolfi. The panelists held a wide ranging and vibrant discussion on political and economic relations among China, Korea, Japan, Russia, and the United States and how upheavals in other parts of the world affect Northeast Asia.
March 28, 2015
On March 28, 2015 KEI will host a panel at the 2015 Association for Asian Studies Conference titled "Hedging or Balancing between China and the United States" Australia: Allied and Aligned Malcolm Cook, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies  Understanding the Core ASEAN States' Alignment Choices: Variations on a (Hedging) Theme Cheng-Chwee Kuik, National University of Malaysia South Korean Foreign Policy Toward China and the United States Jin Park, Asia Future Institute & Hankuk University Indian Foreign Policy Toward China and the United States Daniel Twining, German Marshall Fund Moderator: Daniel Twining, German Marshall Fund To learn more about KEI at AAS, please click here.
March 28, 2015
On March 27, 2015 KEI will host a panel at the 2015 Association for Asian Studies Conference titled "Korean and Japanese Development Assistance and Trade with Southeast Asia" Korea's Development Assistance and Economic Outreach to Southeast Asia Sungil Kwak, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) Japan is Back in Southeast Asia: Development Assistance and Economic Outreach to ASEAN Tsutomu Kikuchi, Aoyama-Gakuin University Exporting Korea's Development Model: Knowledge Sharing and the Lessons of Korea's Economic History for Southeast Asia Wonhyuk Lim, Korea Development Institute Moderator: Troy Stangarone, Korea Economic Institute of America To learn more about KEI at AAS, please click here.
March 27, 2015
On March 26, 2015 KEI hosted a panel at the 2015 Association for Asian Studies Conference titled "Dealing with North Korean Provocations: Regional Military Responses and the Hope for a Diplomatic Solution"   A Chinese Perspective on Dealing with North Korean Provocations Xiaohe Cheng, Renmin University of China U.S. Deterrence Strategies and Alliance Cooperation Efforts in Response to North Korean Military Threats Terence Roehrig, U.S. Naval War College Japan's Military Response to North Korean Provocations Bonji Ohara, The Tokyo Foundation South Korea's Deterrence Strategy and Policies for Better Intern-Korean Relations Kyudok Hong, Sookmyung Women's University Moderator: Nicholas Hamisevicz, KEI To learn more about KEI at AAS, please click here.
March 26, 2015
KEI hosted a group of participants from the Global Leadership Institute on Thursday, March 26.
March 26, 2015
The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) co-hosted an event with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in Chicago, Illinois entitled Asian Perspectives on US Foreign Policy. At a luncheon discussion at the office of the Chicago Council, Dr. Park Jin and Dr. Kuik Cheng-Chwee presented on how Korea and countries in Southeast Asia are evaluating the U.S. rebalance to Asia and are anticipating U.S. foreign policy toward Asia during the last two years of the Obama administration. Dr. Terence Roehrig explained what the U.S. is trying to do in Asia and how Asia policy might look with continuing problems in the Middle East and with Russia in Europe garnering so much attention. Much of the discussion in the question and answer session centered on recent developments with countries stating their willingness to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank initiated by China. Moreover, questions and concerns were raised over the possibility of the Trans-Pacific Partnership completing the negotiations and getting passed by the U.S. Congress. There are big opportunities for the United States in Asia, but the countries in Asia are assessing and utilizing many of their options to allow them to not solely rely on China or the United States.
March 26, 2015
On March 12, KEI hosted Steven Denney, Ph.D. student at the University of Toronto and columnist for The Diplomat, and Christopher Green, Ph.D. candidate at Leiden University and Manager of International Affairs for Daily NK, who presented their findings and analysis of the information management strategy the Kim Jong-un government is using in contemporary North Korea, especially how re-defector press conferences serve an important role in buttressing the North Korean leadership. Please click here to view the paper Please view the video of the program below
March 12, 2015
On March 9, 2015, KEI, in conjunction with Representative Grace Meng, (NY-6th) hosted the Ambassador from the Republic of Korea, His Excellency Ahn Ho-Young, to discuss with key local leaders the importance of the engagement of the Korean-American community in strengthening the U.S.-Korea relationship. 
March 9, 2015
Korea Club is pleased to host Andrei Lankov of Kookmin University for his presentation on Kim Jong-un's North Korea. 
February 19, 2015
On Thursday, February 5, KEI hosted students from Syracuse University to participate in our Six Party Talks Simulation. During the simulation students act as lead negotiators for one of the six countries involved in the North Korea nuclear negotiations (i.e., United States, Russia, South Korea, North Korea, China, and Japan). As government representatives, they are tasked to reach a comprehensive agreement for North Korea's denuclearization. With private information, resources, and their own wit, negotiators are out to win the best outcome for their respective governments. Syracuse students learned about the issues involved in the Six Party Talks, nuclear diplomacy, and the difficulties of international negotiation, while having a great time through experiential learning. To learn more about University Programs, please click here.
February 5, 2015
Mr. Jang Jin-sung, author of Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escappee - A Look Inside North Korea, believes that elite families control various aspects of North Korea's market. This is likely to set the stage for inter-generational conflict. Mr. Jang considers that the likelihood of internal conflict will be higher as elites are increasingly forced to choose between "Kim and mammon."  
February 4, 2015
Join Korea Club on Tuesday, February 3 to hear from Jang Jin-sung, author of Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look Inside North Korea, who will give a presentation titled, "Separate and Divisible North Korea's Leader and North Korean People." Copies of Jang Jin-sung's book, Dear Leader: Poet, Spy, Escapee - A Look Inside North Korea, will be available for purchase at $20.
February 3, 2015
KEI’s Troy Stangarone recently spoke at the Naval War College on the issues of unification and the current state of inter-Korean relations. 
February 3, 2015