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KEI Spotlight

KEI Response to COVID-19

March 25, 2020

Updated March 25, 2020

The Korea Economic Institute of America aims to continue serving as the leading platform for discussion on the U.S.-Korea relationship while also keeping our staff and community safe during the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19. The KEI team wanted to share the steps that we are taking as part of the public response to this health crisis.

As of March 17, KEI staff began working from home. In concert with this measure, our office (1800 K St. NW Suite 300, Washington D.C.) stopped receiving outside visitors. In addition, KEI has canceled all in-person engagements both inside and outside Washington, D.C.

Until otherwise noted, all KEI events will be hosted online through the platform Zoom. KEI staff will ensure that participants will still be able to direct questions to panelists and keynote speakers through this platform. These webinars will also be simultaneously live broadcasted on YouTube, and recordings of these online events will be available on our YouTube page afterward.

Our team remains responsive to developments on the Korean Peninsula and in the U.S.-Korea relationship. We will continue to provide analysis and commentary through media outlets, our blog The Peninsula, our newsletter Korea View, podcast Korean Kontext, and others.

If you are a U.S.-based university instructor currently conducting online classes on politics and economics in Asia, please let us know if you would be interested in having KEI staff (you can find the profiles of our full team here) speak to your students. You can reach our director of academic affairs, Kyle Ferrier, at

The KEI team will evaluate the evolving situation and communicate any changes to the above policy to you and our broader community.

We encourage you to review the CDC’s reporting on states with outbreaks, FAQs, and travel advisories.

For any media inquiries, please contact our director of communications, Yong Kwon, at

For general inquiries, please reach out to