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
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
On October 28, 2014 KEI will host a University Program panel titled "The Political Need for Economic Engagement: Korea and U.S. Policy in the Asia-Pacific".
October 28, 2014
On October 27, 2014 KEI hosted a Six Party Talks Simulation at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
October 27, 2014
On October 22, 2014 KEI hosted Van Jackson  Council on Foreign Relations and Center for a New American Security, who examined North Korea’s drone and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capacity while also providing his recommendations on how the United States and South Korea should appropriately respond to avoid an escalation of military conflict. Dr. Jackson, for the first time ever, presented his framework on how to deal with future drone provocations. Click here to download the paper. Please find below the video of the program:
October 22, 2014
With her Dresden Address and remarks on the potential benefits of unification on the Korean peninsula, President Park Geun-hye has transformed the discussion on Korean unification. If her vision of a prosperous Korean unification that benefits the people of North and South Korea is to be achieved, what steps should be taken by South Korea and the United States in the short and medium term to help achieve a peaceful unification? What are the potential challenges the United States and South Korea could face and how would unification impact the U.S.-Korea alliance? Please join KEI and Hanmi Club for an important discussion on the prospects for unification on the Korean peninsula and the role of the U.S.-Korea alliance.
October 20, 2014
While much of the attention on North Korea relates to its nuclear weapons program, the regime has a long record of human rights violations. In the fall of 2004, the United States Congress took up this issue with the intent of finding ways to improve the human rights situation in North Korea. The culmination of those efforts were the North Korea Human Rights Act, which was signed into law on October 18, 2004 by President George W. Bush. As the recent UN Commission of Inquiry report indicates, the issue of human rights in North Korea remains one of grave importance.  
October 17, 2014
In mid-October, KEI will visit the University of Dayton to host a University Program and Six Party Talks Simulation.
October 15, 2014
On October 9, KEI will host students from Syracuse University to participate in the Six Party Talks Simulatio.  To learn more about University Programs, please click here. 
October 9, 2014
On October 7, 2014 KEI hosted Dr. Yoon-shik Park, Professor of International Finance at George Washington University, who provided his recommendations on how to move Korea’s economy forward. Please click here to view the paper. Please view the video of the program below
October 7, 2014
On September 10, 2014 KEI hosted Dr. Daniel Pinkston of Crisis Group International to discuss South Korea's space program. Having transitioned from a developing to a developed economy and country, South Korea is now trying to enhance its space program. Despite North Korea putting a satellite into space first, South Korea already had one of its astronauts on board the International Space Station, and launched its own satellite into orbit a few weeks after North Korea. South Korea’s space program has some ambitious ideas, but the recent retirement of its remaining astronaut combined with budget concerns could place strains on upcoming plans. In looking at the future of space exploration, where exactly does Korea’s space program fit in? What advantages might Korea have as a relative newcomer to space? Does Korea’s space program hurt efforts to deter North Korea from developing its missile program? What direction should South Korea’s space program take as Asian nations increasingly look into exploring space?
September 10, 2014
On September 8, 2014 KEI hosted Lee Kye Woo of KDI School of Public Policy and Management to discuss he role of foreign aid in Korea’s economic development. Dr. Lee will presented his new paper, “The Role of Aid in Korea’s Development Process”, and discuss what type of aid contributed most to Korea’s high levels of economic growth, where the aid was allocated, how it was utilized, and what lessons can be drawn for developing countries and donors today.  Background Korea’s economic development is often cited as a model for other developing nations. One of about 60 countries whose per capita income was less than $300 in the 1960s, only Korea was able to attain a per capita income of more than $10,000 by 1995. Some scholars have pointed to education as the key. However, while education clearly played a significant role, Korea’s spending on education was not greater than that of other developing countries at the same level of per capita income from 1962-1994.    
September 8, 2014
On July 31, 2014 KEI hosted a discussion on North Korea's Economy. In an era of globalization, North Korea remains one of the most isolated economies in the world. While normally still functioning as a planned economy, Pyongyang has pledged in recent years that no North Korean will "have to tighten their belts again." Please view the video below
July 31, 2014
On July 28, KEI and CEIP co-hosted a conference titled "Nuclear Politics on the Korean Peninsula". Please view the video for Panel I here: Please view the video for Panel II here: The evolving security environment around the Korean Peninsula presents new challenges and opportunities for addressing the North Korean nuclear threat. What do South Koreans expect from Beijing after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Seoul? What do South Korean aspirations for full nuclear fuel cycle capabilities mean for dealing with North Korea and for the balance of power in the region? And what do these trends mean for the US-ROK alliance?  
July 28, 2014
On July 23, 2014 KEI hosted Dr. Yiagadeesen Samy, Associate Professor at Carleton University, who discussed his Academic Paper Series report on income inequality in South Korea.  HIs paper examines the historical patterns of this issue to present day while also analyzing the impact of Korea to address the issue of income inequality.  
July 23, 2014
  On July 22,  2014 KEI hosted a panel that examined the 2014 Economic Survey of Korea by the OECD and discussed the economic trends and policies important for Korea and the region.    
July 22, 2014
On June 25, 2014, Troy Stangarone spoke at the Academy of International Business' 2014 Annual Meeting on the lessons learned from the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the future of FTAs.
June 25, 2014
The Korea Club will host its June meeting with Jérome Sauvage, Deputy Director of the UNDP Representation Office in Washington, D.C. who will give a a presentation entitled “Working with North Korea: Experiences and Perspectives".
June 24, 2014