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Yong Kwon

Director of Communications
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Yong Kwon joined KEI as the Director of Communications in September 2018. He is responsible for KEI’s social media strategy and outreach to news agencies.

Yong comes to KEI from the consulting firm The Asia Group where he supported U.S. companies operating in the South Korean market. In addition to providing briefings on the political dynamics shaping KORUS negotiations, he directly assisted clients with their market entry and expansion campaigns. As part of this effort, he helped prepare a Houston-based energy company for off-take discussions with three of the largest players in South Korea’s petrochemical industry. More recently, he helped a trade group research and develop a messaging campaign around the need for greater transparency and investment in Korea’s public healthcare sector.

Prior to joining The Asia Group, Yong worked as a politics and business commentator. In addition to covering South Korea’s foreign policy for Asia Times Online, Yong served as the inaugural columnist for The Diplomat Magazine’s page on the Korean Peninsula.

Yong holds a MSc in Economic History from the London School of Economics where he focused on South Korea’s financial policies during the 1970s. He holds a BA in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

You can follow him on Twitter @ykwon88

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…

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March 2020

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December 2019

The ongoing confrontation between the White House and U.S. Congress will likely engross President Donald Trump’s political attention in the months ahead. Given his central role in executing highly delicate…

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December 2019

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Region: Asia
Location: Korea, South

November 2019

What does it mean to be Korean? Is a person's Korean identity contingent on their birth on the Korean Peninsula, their parents’ ethnicity, or their ability to speak Korean?  100…

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Region: North America
Location: Cuba

November 2019

Please join us for a discussion of how the incoming Biden administration might address international trade and how the U.S.-Korea trade relationship might change with the new administration.

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November 2020

A discussion about how the Peace Corps-Korea influenced its volunteers for the rest of their lives. In addition to discovering more about Peace Corps Korean Studies scholars, we will also have an opportunity to learn more regarding volunteers’ experiences working with North Korea.

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Region: Asia

November 2020
Yong Kwon, Michael Robinson, Edward J. Baker, Linda Lewis, Don Clark, Bruce Fulton

Please join us for a panel discussion with Peace Corp-Korea volunteers on their experience with the pro-democracy movement in Gwangju, authoritarianism, and the country’s evolution after the Korean War.

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November 2020
Kathleen Stephens, Yong Kwon, Clark Sorensen, Don Baker, Laurel Kendall, Edward Shultz

While “Fire and Fury” was still fresh on people’s Twitter feed in January 2018, events at the 2018 Winter Olympics pushed South Korea, North Korea, and the United States towards a path of engagement. At the center of these developments, North and South Korean women came together to compete under a joint Korean ice hockey team. The compelling story of that first breakthrough during a time of uncertain diplomatcy garnered worldwide attention.

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October 2019
Seth Berkman, Kathleen Stephens, Yong Kwon

This briefing comes from Korea View, a weekly newsletter published by the Korea Economic Institute. Korea View aims to cover developments that reveal trends on the Korean Peninsula but receive little attention in the United States. If you would like to sign up, please find the online form here. What Happened On April 15, South Korea held its 20th National Assembly…

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Region: Asia
Location: Korea, North, China

April 2020

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Region: Asia
Location: Korea, South

April 2020

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Region: Asia
Location: Korea, South

April 2020

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Region: Asia
Location: Korea, South

April 2020