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Kyle Ferrier

Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs
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About Kyle Ferrier

Kyle Ferrier joined KEI as Fellow and Director of Academic Affairs in 2015. He is charged with managing KEI’s efforts to foster collaboration between the academic and policy communities.

As part of his responsibilities, Mr. Ferrier is editor of KEI’s On Korea and Joint U.S.-Korea Academic Studies publications, working with editor-in-chief Gilbert Rozman on the latter. He also oversees KEI’s university programs, which reach hundreds of college students in the United States each year through organized lectures on timely Korea-related issues as well as a simulation on multilateral negotiations with North Korea.

Mr. Ferrier writes on U.S.-Korea relations, South Korean foreign affairs, South Korean domestic and international economic policy, and the political economy of the Asia-Pacific. He has been quoted in numerous media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and U.S. News & World Report, and is a regular contributor to KEI’s blog, The Peninsula, and The Diplomat.

Prior to joining KEI, Mr. Ferrier worked for the Bank of New York Mellon and was a Program Assistant in the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration at the U.S. State Department. He was also a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant for the 2011-2012 grant year in Naju, South Korea. During his time in Korea, he led his students in a U.S. embassy-sponsored youth diplomacy program in Seoul, volunteered with North Korean escapees, and completed a Korean language course at Seogang University. He has held internships at the Korea Institute for National Unification, U.S. State Department, U.S. Department of Commerce, and with Senator Charles Schumer at the height of the 2008 financial crisis.

Mr. Ferrier holds an MSc in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Economics and Government and International Politics from George Mason University.

You can follow Kyle on Twitter at @kylecferrier

International observers were shocked when President Trump met with North Korea’s Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un in June 2018. But amid the spectacle of these two leaders putting aside their infamous…

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We are amidst a pandemic – its victims will not only be the sick but also those who will lose their livelihood as the economy shuts down to contain the…

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As of March 6, there are over 6,500 reported coronavirus cases in South Korea. It is currently the country with the second-largest number of coronavirus patients. The large number, however,…

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March 2020

Do countries need allies? Do alliances necessarily require the member countries to set aside their national interests? These are the questions that the Trump administration has posed with its America-first…

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February 2020

The Trump administration’s increased emphasis on the cost of the U.S.-South Korea alliance has called into question its appreciation of Seoul’s contributions and raised concerns about the future of the…

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Region: Asia
Location: Korea, South

December 2019

Proposal Submission Deadline: Friday, December 4, 2020 The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) is issuing a call for papers for the next round of its Academic Paper Series—a program…

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October 2020

There have not yet been any fatalities from the coronavirus in South Korea. Nonetheless, the public health risk is poised to have an outsized economic and political impact on the…

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February 2020

Writing for the Diplomat Magazine, KEI Director and Fellow Kyle Ferrier examines the Bank of Korea’s ongoing efforts to support the won. Ferrier is confident that the BOK has the…

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November 2019

KEI Fellow Kyle Ferrier underscores the dilemma facing the South Korean government in the face U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton's demand that Seoul pay $5 billion/year for hosting U.S.…

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August 2019

President Moon Jae-in has set ambitious targets to improve South Korea’s air quality and reduce its carbon footprint, but realizing these goals will not be an easy task. While increased reliance on renewable energy is central to these plans, there are short- to medium-term limitations in scaling up production to meet high demand. Combined with planned phaseouts of nuclear and coal power, liquified natural gas (LNG) is expected to play a pivotal role in South Korea’s pursuit of balancing energy needs and environmental concerns. However, reliance on LNG brings its own unique set of issues that policymakers must successfully navigate to ensure the transition to renewables and thus net-zero carbon emissions.

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Commentators have pointed to the “Trump Effect” for falling international student enrollment in the U.S. higher education sector. When taking a closer look at student mobility trends from South Korea, however, the facts and figures tell a different story. For the past two decades, South Korea has been consistently the third largest sender of international students to the United States. But the number of South Korean students who study in U.S. higher education has been steadily falling well before the more recent general declines in international student enrollment.

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November 2020
Kyle Ferrier, Dr. Stephanie Kim

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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Myung-koo Kang (Professor, Baruch College, CUNY) “Revisiting the Collapse Thesis of North Korea: The Origins and Its Evolution in the U.S. Policymaking Community”

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On Sunday November 15 the countries party to the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) announced that trade negotiations had successfully concluded after several years of delays. The deal will be the largest free trade agreement (FTA) in Asia and is expected to create new opportunities for growth, including for South Korea. The idea of an…

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Region: Asia
Location: Korea, South

November 2020
Kyle Ferrier, Sophie Joo

By Kyle Ferrier With daily new COVID-19 cases rising to over 400 recently, South Korea finds itself on the brink of a second outbreak of the virus. Looming over the possible outbreak is the government’s decision whether to elevate social distancing measures to contain the spread of infections at the expense of, at least in…

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August 2020

By Kyle Ferrier Earlier this week I covered major risks to the South Korean economy from a financial crisis caused by COVID-19. While South Korea is particularly susceptible to the worsening economic fallout from the pandemic, it is far from helpless. Rough experiences with past financial crises, namely the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis, have led…

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Region: Asia
Location: Korea, South

March 2020

By Kyle Ferrier The world is on the precipice of another financial crisis, this time caused by a global pandemic. In the past several weeks financial markets have tumbled at a historic pace as the number of COVID-19 cases have exploded around the world. Although South Korea’s response to contain the virus at home has…

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Location: Korea, South

March 2020