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KEI is the premier U.S. think tank and public outreach organization solely dedicated to helping Americans understand the breadth and importance of our relations with the Republic of Korea.

About the Korea Economic Institute (KEI)

The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) is a U.S. policy institute and public outreach organization dedicated to helping Americans understand the breadth and importance of the relationship with the Republic of Korea. Through our publications, social media, programs, and public events, KEI seeks to advance scholarship and understanding of Korea in ways that will inform policy makers and the American public of the security, economic, and political implications of our connections to the Korean Peninsula.

For 40 years, KEI has been promoting dialogue and understanding between the United States and the Republic of Korea through accurate and in-depth analysis. KEI draws on the expertise of its resident staff; provides a platform on which leading writers, thinkers and commentators from the United States, Korea, and third countries can share their research and opinions; promotes scholarship by commissioning and publishing original articles; and hosts public and off-the-record conversations among policy makers and opinion leaders. These activities are intended to ensure that policy decisions are soundly based within the context of the Korean Peninsula’s complexity and significance.

KEI maintains connections with partner think tanks and with the academic community throughout the United States. Our “Academic Paper Series,” “Academic Symposium,” and “University Programs” ensure that the best in research and scholarship on Korea are shared among experts and are available to students and the general public. All KEI publications are accessible free of charge.

Although most of our activities take place at our Washington, D.C. headquarters, KEI is committed to going beyond the beltway—engaging with communities across the United States to discuss how the two countries are navigating shared major challenges of our time. Programs such as the “Future of Korea,” held in partnership with the World Affairs Councils of America, and the “Ambassadors’ Dialogue” bring Korean and American diplomats to venues across the country to discuss current events and the overall U.S.-ROK relationship. Participating officials and audience members alike value these opportunities to connect with relevant voices from both countries beyond Washington D.C.

In an increasingly digital age, KEI is committed to expanding our virtual engagement. Through our blog, “The Peninsula;” video series, “Korea in Five;” and livestreamed and recorded events on a wide variety of Korea- and transpacific issues; we are able to connect with people from across the globe who are interested in Korea. We invite you to explore our interactive website, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, and LinkedIn.

The U.S. partnership with the Republic of Korea is built on enduring values and interests, but its strength cannot be taken for granted. The bonds between the two nations are maintained through the efforts of diplomats, service members, scholars, students, artists, and everyday Americans and Koreans. KEI is dedicated to contributing to this undertaking—helping to ensure a safer and more prosperous world.

About KIEP

KEI is a non-for-profit, educational organizations partnered with the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), a public policy research institute funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea. KEI is registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) as an agent of KIEP. The required registration statement and the materials on this website are available for public inspection at the Department of Justice. Registration does not indicate U.S. government approval of the contents of this website. KEI is not engaged in the practice of law, does not render legal services, and is not a lobbying organization.

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