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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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
On January 30, KEI had the pleasure of hosting a visit by Korean National Assembly staff including: Deputy Spokesperson Lee Min-kyung, Chief of Staff Choi, Won-yong, Chief of Staff Kim Myoung-kee, Senior Advisor Kim Sang-ho, and Rhee Ho-chan of Munwha Broadcasting Corporation. They were visiting Washington through a legislative staff visit program sponsored by the Meridian International Center.
January 30, 2015
On Wednesday, January 28th KEI hosted students from Wakefield School for 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. The Wakefield 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 KEI's University Programs, please click here.
January 28, 2015
On Thursday, January 22 Korea Club bosted David Maxwell of Georgetown University who gave a presentation titled, "Thoughts on the Security Situation on the Korean Peninsula and the Way Forward."  For further inquiries, please contact Linda Butcher at lb@keia.org.
January 22, 2015
On January 20, 2015 KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo lectured before a class on International Business at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, reflecting on his 20 years in Congress. 
January 20, 2015
Each year, the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) hosts Korean American Day, a premier luncheon to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the Korean American community. For 2015, we are privileged to recognize four Korean pioneers and leaders in sports. To learn more about Korean American Day and other KEI programs, please visit www.keia.org
January 13, 2015
The Korea Foundation Washington, D.C. Office and Korea Club invite you to attend their year-end celebration on December 10, Human Rights Day.  We are honored to have as our guest speakers: Suzanne Scholte, President of DFF and Co-Vice-Chair of HRNK, who will give a presentation titled "North Korean Human Rights: From Denial to the UN Security Council" and Hyun-seok Yu, President of The Korea Foundation, who will give congratulatory remarks. In addition, we will have a special cultural performance at the end of the program. For more information, please contact Linda Butcher at lb@keia.org.
December 10, 2014
On Tuesday, December 9 2014 the Korea Economic Institute of America was pleased to host our annual End of the Year Reception. Thank you to all the friends and colleagues who were able to join us for this celebtratory event.  
December 9, 2014
On December 2, 2014 KEI hosted Dr. Alexandre Mansourov, Adjunct Professor of Korean Studies at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University SAIS, who presented his outline of policy recommendations for the US-ROK alliance on how to deal with the growing threat of North Korea’s cyber warfare capabilities. 
December 2, 2014
Few places on earth remain as mysterious and forbidding as North Korea. Even for the best trained spies, the truth about North Korean capabilities and intentions often remains elusive. More troubling, few countries pose as great a threat to American interests as North Korea, the center of a vast enterprise of nuclear proliferation and terrorism. The regime stockpiles nuclear weapons material and shares nuclear technology with other rogue actors. Pyongyang brazenly threatens its neighbors, while Kim Jong-un – the 31-year-old dictator and son of the late Kim Jong-il - purges challengers to his authority and publicly executes those who seek access to greater freedoms. What do we know about the North Korean threat? What would it take to lift the shroud of secrecy that looms over the Hermit Kingdom?   
November 20, 2014
Join Korea Club on Tuesday, November 18 to hear from Dr. Marcus Noland of the Peterson Institute for International Economics who will give a presentation titled "The Economics of Korean Unification."  To register for this program or for further questions, please e-mail your confirmation to Rosa Park, HRNK’s Director of Programs, who can be reached at hrnkdc@gmail.com.
November 18, 2014
The U.S. mid-term elections hold the potential to shift the balance of power in Washington, DC. Polls indicate that Republicans are likely to add to their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives and potentially retake control of the U.S. Senate. This shift raises interesting questions about the political and policy dynamic for the last two years of the Obama Administration. How would Republican control of Capitol Hill reshape the political dynamics in Washington, DC? Would the new political realities lead to a greater degree of cooperation or increased gridlock? How would a shift in power impact key priorities for policy towards East Asia such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the rebalance to Asia?   Please join KEI for an important discussion of the political and policy implications of the U.S. mid-term elections.
November 6, 2014
On November 4 KEI will host a University Program at the University of Connecticut titled "The Right Way for the U.S. and South Korea to Talk to China About North Korea".
November 4, 2014
On November 3, KEI celebrated our new Vice President, Mark Tokola with a welcome reception.
November 3, 2014
On October 30th, KEI held a third University Program in Georgia at LaGrange College. 
October 30, 2014
On October 29, KEI hosted a panel discussion at the University of North Georgia (UNG) titled “US, Korea, and Security Concerns for Northeast Asia.” KEI was privileged to have the Honorable Doug Collins, who represents the 9th District of Georgia, which includes UNG, in the US House of Representatives and who serves on the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific of the Foreign Affairs Committee, offer welcoming remarks to the audience comprised of over 135 local leaders, academics, and students, including Dr. Bonita Jacobs, president of UNG. This is the first time that a Member of Congress spoke at one of KEI’s University Programs. The Congressman was joined by KEI Vice President Mark Tokola, East-West Center Director Satu Limaye, and leading academics from UNG. Representative Collins discussed the importance of the US-ROK alliance and the imperative for Americans to understand the issues affecting US relations with Northeast Asia. Many of those in the audience were Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) students who may be deployed to Asia at some point during their careers. Vice President Tokola, who previously worked in the U.S. State Department for over 38 years, added to the conversation by providing a bird’s eye view of US relations with Korea, Japan, China, and Tawian. The panel was part of a four-day Georgia tour that also included programs at Georgia State University and LaGrange College.   Pictured from left to right: Nicholas Hamisevicz, Director of Academic Programs and Research, KEI; Mark Tokola, Vice President, KEI; Congressman Doug Collins (R-GA); Satu Limaye, Director, East-West Center
October 29, 2014