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KEI Contributor – Yonoho Kim

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By Yonho Kim The recent North Korea-Russia summit in Vladivostok drew keen attention from the international society in the sense that it was North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s first summit diplomacy in the two months since his failed Hanoi summit with President Donald Trump. Obviously, Kim had chance to send a strong signal to Washington…

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Region: Asia

May 6, 2019

By Yonho Kim North Korea threatened to suspend denuclearization talks with the United States about two weeks after the Hanoi summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un failed. North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui at a news conference in Pyongyang said that Kim was considering discontinuing the 15 month-long moratorium…

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March 18, 2019

By Yonho Kim The United States and South Korea finally agreed on a preliminary cost-sharing deal on hosting U.S. Forces in South Korea (USFK), removing immediate uncertainty hovering over the alliance before the upcoming second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un. After 10 rounds of negotiations to conclude the 10th…

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Region: Asia

February 15, 2019

By Yonho Kim As the partial government shutdown in the United States enters its fourth week, preparations for the second summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is underway. After President Trump said the location of the summit will be announced “in the not-too-distant future,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said…

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Region: Asia

January 17, 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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February 14, 2023

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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January 6, 2023

Please join KEI and Park Won-ho for a discussion on what South Korean politics look like at a sub-national level.

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Region: Asia

July 13, 2022

Please join Tycho van der Hoog on why countries in southern Africa continue to engage with North Korea.

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June 6, 2022

Please join KEI for a discussion of how North Korea is handling the outbreak of COVID-19 and how the international community could help.

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Region: Asia

May 31, 2022

Please join KEI for a conversation with Markus Garlauskas and Axel Catellier on the factors driving South Korea’s recent military force development.

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Region: Asia

May 18, 2022

Please join Gabriela Bernal for a discussion on what conditions Washington has been a facilitator or detractor of Seoul’s initiatives towards Pyongyang.

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Region: Asia

April 6, 2022

The conversation will be livestreamed on YouTube.

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Region: Asia

March 17, 2022

Please join KEI for a discussion on the 2022 South Korean presidential election outcome with political analyst Park Sung-min.

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Region: Asia

March 1, 2022

Please join KEI and KIEP for a discussion about the first 10 years of KORUS and the future of the U.S.-Korea economic relationship.

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Region: Asia

February 28, 2022

Please join KEI for a discussion on North Korea’s potential incorporation of AI into its cyber arsenal.

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Region: Asia

February 24, 2022

Please join June Park for a conversation on the domestic and external factors driving South Korea’s thinking on digital currency.

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Region: Asia

February 17, 2022

Please join Sejong Institute’s S. Nathan Park for a discussion of the foreign policy outlook of South Korea’s progressives.

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Region: Asia

February 14, 2022

Please join the Korea Economic Institute for a discussion with South Korea’s ambassador-at-large for economic cooperation Yoo Myung-hee and Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Wendy Cutler on emerging trade issues and the U.S.-Korea economic relationship.

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Region: Asia

December 2, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion with Ambassador Kim Hyoeun of the steps South Korea has taken to address climate change.

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Region: Asia

December 2, 2021

Please join the Korea Economic Institute for a discussion on the 2022 South Korean presidential election with political analyst Park Sung-min.

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Region: Asia

November 17, 2021

Please join Professor Zhiqun Zhu  for a discussion on how Seoul might best defend its own interests amid the growing U.S.-China rivalry.

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Region: Asia

November 8, 2021

As disruptions in supply chains continue, what practical steps can the U.S. and Korea take to strengthen supply chains against future crises?

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October 26, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion with three emerging experts on how South Korea can adopt a principled middle power agenda.

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October 7, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion on American attitudes towards the Korean Peninsula after the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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Region: Asia

September 30, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion with Seoul National University Professor Chung Jae Ho on why the ROK-PRC relationship faces such headwinds and its implications for the ongoing U.S.-China competition.

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Region: Asia

September 23, 2021

Please join KEI for a conversation Mr. Kim Won-soo on the historical importance of two countries joining the UN, South Korea’s contribution to multilateral institutions, and the role of the UN in diplomacy with North Korea.

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Region: Asia

September 9, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion with Dr. Naoko Aoki on how various factors have affected South Korea-Japan security cooperation.

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Region: Asia

September 9, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion on how COVID-19 has affected the growing rivalry between the United States and China.

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Region: Asia

July 20, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion on the proposal to declare an end to the Korean War and its prospective ramifications.

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July 13, 2021

Please join us for a conversation with former U.S. Special Envoy for North Korean Human Rights Issues Robert King on his new book.

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Region: Asia
Topic: Human Rights

June 17, 2021

Please join us for a conversation with experts from the UK, Korea, and the U.S. to discuss whether the G7 Summit achieved its goals.

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Region: Europe, Asia

June 9, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion on the future of the trilateral alliance in Northeast Asia with Stanford University’s Daniel Sneider.

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Region: Asia

June 2, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion of how to vaccinate North Korea with lecturer on Global Health at Harvard Medical School Kee B. Park.

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Region: Asia
Topic: North Korea

May 21, 2021

A discussion on the summit outcomes and what they might mean for U.S.-Korea relations in the final year of President Moon’s term in office.

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May 18, 2021

Please join us for a wide-ranging discussion about the potential and limitations of the UN, and the daunting challenges facing us now.

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May 14, 2021

Please join us for two panel discussions on South Korea’s geopolitical outlook and its evolving security engagements with ASEAN nations.

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Region: Asia

May 5, 2021

Please join us for two panel discussions on South Korea’s geopolitical outlook and its evolving security engagements with ASEAN nations.

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Region: Asia

May 4, 2021

Please join KEI and KIEP for a discussion on the Biden administration’s trade policy and its outlook on supply chains, digital trade, and climate change.

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Region: Asia, North America
Topic: Economics, Trade

April 27, 2021

Please join us for a discussion on what the THAAD dispute tells us about when public diplomacy and soft power does and does not work

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Region: Asia

April 16, 2021

Please join us for a discussion with NATO’s James Mackey on why the alliance is interested in building closer ties with Seoul.

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April 12, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion with former ROK Prime Minister Chung Un-chan on a sustainable economic future for South Korea.

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Region: Asia

March 29, 2021

Join us for a conversation with distinguished speakers from United States Department of State, Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the United States, and the Korean Economic Institute

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January 28, 2021

Join KEI and Asia Foundation for a discussion on North Korean refugee entrepreneurs and their experiences and challenges.

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January 21, 2021

Please join KEI for a discussion of these and other questions about the KBO and the Korean players in MLB. This event will be livestreamed on Zoom with an interactive Q&A session.

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October 13, 2020

Please join us for a discussion of the OECD’s 2020 Economic Survey of Korea, how the Korean economy is weathering COVID-19, and how COVID-19 will impact Korea’s longer term efforts to address issues related to population aging, low productivity, and inclusive growth.

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October 6, 2020

Shortly after the end of the Korean War in 1953 the United States and South Korea signed their Mutual Defense Treaty. On the 67th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty, how does the American public view the alliance and the U.S.-Korea relationship today?

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October 1, 2020

North Korea’s ballistic missile program has long been a concern for the United States, South Korea, and Japan. Foreign researchers have increasingly leveraged advanced open source intelligence and cooperated across countries to track the North’s developments over the last 25 years. But one country has been left out – China. Are there available, open source Chinese analyses of North Korean ballistic missiles, do they align with U.S. assessments, and is there anything researchers would gain from reading these analyses?

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September 10, 2020

The onset of COVID-19 and the subsequent shortages of necessities such as personal protective equipment have raised questions about global values chains and the idea of just in time production. In response, the United States, Japan, and other governments have called for production to be re-shored to their domestic markets. However, global value chains were under pressure prior to COVID-19 from the U.S.-China trade war and other factors. Please join KEI and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy for a discussion of how COVID19, the U.S.-China trade war, and other factors will shape global value chains in East Asia.

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August 5, 2020

There have been many discussions in Washington D.C. and elsewhere about whether sanctions against North Korea are effective, but fewer conversations on whether they are ethical. Filling this void, Professor Hazel Smith asks whether the means used by the United Nations to achieve denuclearization are justified by the international community’s desire for North Korea to dismantle its arsenal. She joins KEI for a conversation on this very question.

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July 28, 2020

To mark the publication of KEI’s 31st volume of our Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies, please join us for a discussion of three distinct approaches to understanding perhaps the most consequential recent development in international affairs: the intensifying competition between the United States and China.

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July 23, 2020

COVID-19 has become an unexpected variable in the U.S.-North Korea relationship. The virus has had a significant impact on both countries and may be one factor in North Korean reluctance to resume negations with the United States along with the impending U.S. presidential election. How should the United States manage North Korea policy prior to the election and after?

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July 21, 2020

The division of the Korean Peninsula and the devastating war that followed displaced and separated millions of families. Even after 70 years, family separation remains as one of the most emotional and tragic legacies of the Korean War.With tight restrictions on foreign travel and communication in North Korea, separated families have limited ways to find and contact their families in the North. The sporadic government-sponsored reunions only occur when the political climate is in their favor. Even then, thousands of families, including the member of Korean diaspora in the United States, do not get to participate.

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July 16, 2020

Social media platforms have helped both grow and bring together K-pop fans from across the world. In turn, this highly networked community engages in not only cultural diplomacy but also high-impact activism. As we speak, the K-pop fan community is playing an increasingly visible role in the movement for racial justice in the United States. While the community’s advocacy feels out of place for a group that is most closely associated with choreographed dances and catchy melodies, it may become a mainstay in the political landscape going forward.

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July 14, 2020

As countries contain COVID-19 and restart their economies, attention will turn to the performance of existing international institutions during the crisis and how best to reform them. One suggested reform is to expand the G-7 to include South Korea and Australia, perhaps among other countries.

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July 7, 2020

We are pleased to invite you to a coast-to-coast online event to remember the Korean War. Jointly sponsored with the Korean Consulate General in San Francisco and Ethnic Media Services, this event intends to bring together memories of this tragic conflict and provide a venue for the next generation to learn more about this “Forgotten War.”

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June 26, 2020

The Korean War began on June 25, 1950 when North Korean People’s Army invaded the south across the 38th parallel. Although all the devasting battles took place on the Korean peninsula, the war had complex international dimensions beyond the two Koreas. It intensified and globalized the Cold War. In the continuing absence of a formal peace treaty, the Korean peninsula remains under an armistice today.

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June 24, 2020

Russia is widely accused of employing a range of instruments—both overt and covert—to undermine Western unity. Though it has received less attention, Russia is also engaged in comparable activities to weaken U.S. alliances with South Korea and Japan. Overall, Moscow has achieved several tactical victories, but has yet to seriously damage U.S.-led alliance structures within the region. All the same, Seoul and Tokyo must remain watchful of Moscow’s activities, especially since there are signs of increased cooperation between Russia and China in exploiting wedge issues between the United States and its allies, thereby potentially combining China’s economic weight with Russia’s skills in influence operations.

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June 18, 2020

Join us for a discussion on how policymakers should navigate the uncertainties in the post-pandemic new normal. What ends should they seek, particularly in regard to Northeast Asia? Dr. Eberstadt will join KEI Vice President Mark Tokola to expand on some of the key challenges he identified in a recent piece for NBR (You can find the article here).

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June 9, 2020

Join us for a discussion of Korean perspectives on South Korea’s internationally praised response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the politics and priorities of the new National Assembly as Korea grapples with global economic uncertainty, worsening U.S.-China relations, and tensions in the U.S.-South Korea alliance.

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June 3, 2020

Relations between Japan and South Korea were described during 2019 as being at their worst in the post-war era. History issues, trade issues, and popular sentiment combined to put the bilateral relationship into a downward spiral. Yet, the two democracies face similar challenges in dealing with the rise of China, the stubbornness of diplomacy with North Korea, and a now unpredictable United States. 2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and the 55th anniversary of the normalization of relations between Japan and the Republic of Korea.

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