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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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April 3, 2020

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 6, 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 7, 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 5, 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 8, 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 13, 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 5, 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 1, 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 9, 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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By Kyle Ferrier Five years have passed since South Korea served as the G-20 host in 2010, yet contributions from its presidency of the multilateral economic forum are crucial to this year’s talks. This week’s G-20 summit in Antalya, Turkey is underpinned by months of dialogue between a range of government officials from all parties…

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November 18, 2015

By Kyle Ferrier In a 2014 speech in Dresden attempting to apply lessons from German unification to the Korean Peninsula South Korean President Park Geun Hye introduced the possibility for a Northeast Asian Development Bank. Still in the nascent stage of planning, it would serve as a multilateral development bank (MDB) to attract investment in…

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October 9, 2015

By Kyle Ferrier Last Friday the Bank of Korea (BOK) Monetary Policy Board held interest rates at 1.5% to top off a busy month that saw a decline in exports and a fluctuating won. The BOK decision to uphold its benchmark interest rate – the seven day repurchase rate – at record low levels is…

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September 16, 2015