Featured Past Events

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On Wednesday, September 16, Korea Club will host Dr. Stephen Linton, Founder and President of the Eugene Bell Foundation. Dr. Linton will make a presentation entitled "Structural Challenges to Working in North Korea: A 20 Year Assessment," followed by discussion. 
September 16, 2015
  Please find the video for this event below.     International Sanctions and Economic Relations with North Korea Featuring: William Brown  Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Li Tingting Assistant Professor, Peking University Troy Stangarone Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade, Korea Economic Institute Liudmila Zakharova Senior Researcher, Center for Korean Studies, Russian Academy of Science, Institute of Far Eastern Studies   Moderated by: Stephan Haggard Director, Korea-Pacific Program  and Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the School of Global Policy and Strategy at UC San Diego   New sanctions on North Korea in response to the recent nuclear test and long range missile launch promise to be the most punitive measures yet, though will not completely sever external economic ties. Russia and China have taken a more stern approach to follow the U.S. and South Korea lead in the U.N., but will still continue to engage economically with the rogue state. Seoul’s decision to close the Kaesong Industrial Complex marked the end of the largest Inter-Korean economic project, raising a number of questions as to whether ties can ever be reestablished and under what conditions. Although Japan has had minimal economic interaction with North Korea, normalization of relations with South Korea in 1960s presents a blueprint that could be attractive to both Tokyo and Pyongyang, but require a number of contingencies to be addressed first.   Understanding the magnitude of North Korea’s economic relationships in the region as well as the impact of new constraints are vital to gauge the direction of ongoing trends with a country increasingly cut off from the global economy. This panel explores these economic ties with North Korea from the perspective of partners and potential partners in Northeast Asia.  
March 24, 2016
Please scroll down for the full video recording of this event.   Pacific Partners: Prospects for Cooperation Between the United States, Korea, and Japan   As the United States looks to engage the Asia-Pacific under the Obama administration and future administrations, South Korea and Japan remain two key partners for the United States in Asia. With relations improving between South Korea and Japan after a rocky period, there is increasing potential for trilateral cooperation. Please join KEI and the Mansfield Foundation for a discussion of the prospects for future cooperation between United States, South Korea, and Japan on security and economic issues.  
September 8, 2016
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The Korea Economic Institute of America presents: Photo Exhibit & Reception in Commemoration of Korean War Armistice Day Thursday, July 27, 2017 KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010 12:00 - 7:00 pm  Photo Exhibit 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Reception and discussion with Hannah Kim      
July 27, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event. The First Trump-Moon Summit   and the Future of U.S.-Korea Relations   South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Donald Trump recently concluded their first summit meeting. At the summit, the two new leaders were able to bridge their differences on North Korea policy, but left with different perspectives on the economic relationship. What does this mean for the alliance's approach to North Korea, and does Pyongyang's recent ICBM test change the alliance's policy going forward? Are the differences on trade simply sectoral issues that need to be resolved, or is there a need for a broader renegotiation of the KORUS FTA, as President Trump suggested? Join KEI and KIEP for a discussion of the outcomes and questions raised by the Trump-Moon summit, as well as the prospects, challenges, and opportunities for the alliance under two new leaders.  
July 13, 2017
On June 26, KEI hosted a reception on Capitol Hill to honor the service of three Korean War Veterans who have also served in Congress. The three members were Rep. John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, Rep. Sam Johnson of Texas, and former Rep. Charles Rangel of New York. The event was co-sponsored by the Korea Caucus and was attended by several members of Congress, including Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, Reps Barbara Comstock, Gerry Connolly, Mike Kelly, Carolyn Maloney, and more, as well as Congressional Staff and other members of the Korea policy community in Washington.   Please click here to view a gallery of photos from this event.
June 26, 2017
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola appeared on a panel with Congressmen Ed Royce, Eliot Engel, and Tom Suozzi at the Korean American Leaders Conference, held at the U.S. Capitol on June 26th.  The event marked the 10th anniversary of the "US-Korea Alliance Resolution" (H.Res 295).  The audience was leaders of Korean American organizations and included visiting members of the South Korean National Assembly.
June 26, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full videos from this conference.     THE ANNUAL CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL ON KOREAN STUDIES jointly with KOREA ECONOMIC INSTITUTE OF AMERICA AND COMMITTEE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS IN NORTH KOREA present:   THE CHANGING SITUATION ON THE KOREAN PENINSULA: CHALLENGES FOR NEW PRESIDENTS IN 2017   June 22, 2017, Thursday Korea Economic Institute of America 1800 K Street, NW Suite 1010, Washington, DC 20006
June 22, 2017
      Korea Club  Wednesday |  June 7, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm      U.S. Korea Policy:   Issues, Priorities, Prospects   Guest Speakers:    James Applegate Chief of DPRK Unit in the Office of Korean Affairs U.S. Department of State   &   Will Cobb Chief of ROK Unit in the Office of Korean Affairs  U.S. Department of State  
June 7, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event     The Korea Economic Institute of America's Academic Paper Series presents   Going Together to the Twenty-First Century:   U.S.-Korea Cooperation on Science and Technology   Wednesday, May 17, 2017 KEI 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010   In a 2015 joint statement the United States and Korea highlighted the importance of working together on “New Frontiers of Cooperation,” a group of twenty-first centuryissues representing convergent priorities and capabilities in science, technology, innovation, and economic development. Specifically, these areas are global health, energy and climate change, environment and sustainability, cyber security, space, and science and technology. Cooperation on these issues builds a strong framework for innovative local business development, allows for information sharing on critical new security threats, and enhances opportunities for a broad range of science cooperation through engaging with the relevant communities in the U.S. and Korea. At a time of political transition and uncertainty in both countries, working together on these issues offers opportunities for continuity and a forward-looking agenda for economic engagement to expand.   Please join KEI and Sean Connell, an expert on U.S.-Korea business ties, for a discussion of how collaborating with Korea on these areas have furthered U.S. security and economic interests as well as potential avenues to advance cooperation. 
May 17, 2017
        Korea Club Wednesday | May 10, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  South Korea-U.S. Relations: Past, Present, Future Guest Speaker: His Excellency Ahn Ho-young Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182  
May 10, 2017
  Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.     The Korea Economic Institute of America presents   Implications of the South    Korean Presidential Election Wednesday, May 10, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.   KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010   On May 9, South Koreans will head to the polls to elect their next president. The winner of South Korea’s presidential election will come into office at a critical time as tensions are rising on the Korean peninsula and will not have the traditional transition period before assuming office. As the new administration begins setting policy in Seoul, what will the administration’s North Korea policy likely look like and how will it work with the new U.S. policy of massive pressure and engagement? How will the new administration approach U.S.-Korea relations and how will it approach the potential U.S. move to amend the U.S.-Korea FTA? Please join KEI for a discussion of these and other critical issues the new administration will face as it assumes office in South Korea.
May 10, 2017
KEI, No Chain, and Woorihana present: Defector Panel on North Korea Freedom   and Human Rights     Tuesday, May 2, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010   Last fall, North Korean human rights organizations led by No Chain hosted the Biit Film Festival in Washington, DC. "Biit" is the Korean word for light, symbolizing the need to shed light on the North Korean situation by increasing the flow of information into the DPRK as well as increasing awareness about the abuses North Koreans suffer under the Kim Jong-un regime. With that theme in mind, No Chain and Woorihana have brought this group of three North Korean defectors to Washington, DC to share their stories and raise awareness of the human rights situation in North Korea. Please join KEI, No Chain and Woorihana for a discussion of how outside information affected the lives of the three panelists, and how the voices of defectors can be amplified to help people better understand the North Korean human rights situation.    
May 2, 2017
The Korea Economic Institute of America's Academic Paper Series presents     Leadership Transitions and National Identity in U.S.-South Korea-Japan Trilateral Relations   Thursday, April 27, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010   In the face of an evolving threat from North Korea, strengthening U.S.-South Korea-Japan trilateral relations is of increasingly greater importance. Yet, there are many challenges on the road ahead. The trilateral relationship must overcome uncertainty from leadership transitions in the U.S. and South Korea as well as the reemergence of national identity issues. Shinzo Abe and Donald Trump have established an early rapport, though it is still unclear how relations between South Korea and the United States and Japan will develop once the new administration is in place in Seoul. Please join KEI for a discussion with Brad Glosserman and Scott Snyder on recent developments and upcoming events in trilateral relations as well as strategies to advance cooperation.
April 27, 2017
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola spoke at the National Foreign Affairs Training Center on April 21 to a group of 30 Foreign Service Officers who are preparing for assignments in South Korea, Japan, China, and Mongolia.
April 21, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.   Addressing Continuity in South Korean Foreign Policy   Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010   The upcoming presidential election in Korea on May 9th will place many key issues under the microscope. One meriting serious consideration that has featured less prominently in the political discourse is continuity in foreign policy. Korean policy-making processes empower each president to make their own mark on Korea’s foreign outreach, and simultaneously make it difficult to maintain initiatives from the previous administration. Constitutional reform is one of several changes that could help lessen the impact of leadership transitions on international priorities. KEI invites you to join us and Dr. Jeffrey Robertson for a discussion on why Korean foreign policy continuity should be strengthened and potential avenues for reform.  
April 20, 2017
This event will be livestreamed beginning at 12 pm EST. Please click here to view the video.   U.S.-Korea Economic Relations Under New Management   The winner of the Korean presidential election on May 9 will assume office only a few months after President Donald Trump’s inauguration. With new leaders in the U.S. and Korea come new opportunities and issues to be worked through. The incoming president in Korea will be faced with mounting economic problems at home and will also need to address trade concerns raised by President Trump. While political transitions in both countries have a resulted in a degree of uncertainty for now, what should we expect in the economic relationship moving forward? KEI cordially invites you to join us for a panel of distinguished experts to discuss the influence of the leadership transitions in the U.S. and Korea on bilateral economic ties, as well as implications for regional economic integration.  
April 13, 2017
KEI’s Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier travelled to Johns Hopkins University to lead a Six-Party Talks simulation and speak with students on starting their careers in international affairs. Joining Director Ferrier for the careers talk was Kent Boydston, Research Analyst at the Peterson Institute for International Economics; Rosa Park, Director of Programs and Editor at the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea; and Darcie Draudt, PhD student in Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. 
April 10, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.   Are Sanctions Against North Korea Working?   Last year the international community placed increasingly tougher sanctions on North Korea in response to two separate nuclear tests from Kim Jong-un. U.N. Resolution 2321 enacted in November aimed to improve upon Resolution 2270 passed in March—closing loopholes, expanding the scope of sanctioned items, and capping coal trade — yet concerns still remain over its enforcement. Unilateral measures were also passed, including the first sanctions on a North Korean leader for human rights abuses and secondary sanctions targeting financial institutions, but these are also not without their limitations. While North Korea’s continued defiance of the international community may not come as a surprise in 2017, it does not portend sanctions are ineffectual. In light of calls to revisit strategies toward North Korea, discerning the impact of recent sanctions on the Kim regime is now critical to how future policy will be shaped.  
April 6, 2017
    Korea Club Wednesday | April 5, 2017 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  North Korean Refugee Settlement in the ROK: An Update Guest Speaker: Kwang-joo Sohn Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182   Kwang-joo Sohn is the President of Korea Hana Foundation (North Korean Refugees Foundation), an organization established under the ROK Ministry of Unification. Previously, Mr. Sohn led the DailyNK Korea Unification Strategy Institute and served as the chief editor for the DailyNK. He also led the Ideology Research Center, Institute for International Affairs Research, ROK National Intelligence Service (NIS), was a member of the NIS Unification Policy Institute Research Committee, and of the advisory committee of the 17th Presidential Transition Team in 2008. Mr. Sohn has been a member of the Network for North Korean Democracy and Human Rights since 2007. A former reporter for the Dong-A Daily, Mr. Sohn holds a BA in French language and literature from Korea University and completed the Graduate School of North Korean Studies at Kyungnam University. For two years, he studied under Hwang Jang-yeop, former president of Kim Il-sung University and most senior North Korean defector to the ROK. He has authored numerous articles and columns as well as six books on the inner workings of the Kim regime. Please note, this EVENT WILL BE OFF THE RECORD.   PROGRAM DETAILS The reception will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm, and the speaker’s presentation and Q & A session. The program will conclude at 9:00 pm. The cost of the dinner is $25.00, payable at the door by either check or cash. RSVP is required for this program. Seating is limited. To register for this program or for further questions, please e-mail your confirmation to Sang Kim, Director of Public Affairs, at sk@keia.org. WOO LAE OAK RESTAURANT IN TYSONS CORNER The evening program will be held at Woo Lae Oak Korean restaurant in Tysons Corner—see address above. The program will start at 6:30 pm with a cash bar, set up inside the Korea Club conference room on the 1st floor of the restaurant. For more information on Woo Lae Oak, please take a few minutes to visit the restaurant’s website:  http://www.woolaeoak.com.   FOR DRIVERS Woo Lae Oak is conveniently located in the heart of Tysons Corner. If you need assistance locating the restaurant, please call the restaurant (703-827-7300). Ample free parking is available in the restaurant’s multi-story parking garage. FOR METRO RIDERS Silver Line stop at Greensboro Metro Station. The restaurant is located just south of Greensboro Metro Station. Upon arriving at Greensboro Metro Station, please exit using the West Entrance Exit. For step-by-step directions, please use  http://wmata.com.            Korea Club Directors               Jim Kelman                            Greg Scarlatoiu                  Sang Kim Meridian International Center                HRNK                               KEI                        (703) 568-6987                          (202) 499-7973                 (202) 464-1985 RSVP Now  
April 5, 2017
KEI’s Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier travelled with Florence Lowe-Lee, President of the Global America Business Institute of America, and Jenny Town, Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, to the University of Maine(UM) as part of KEI’s academic outreach. Ms. Town and Lowe-Lee participated in a panel entitled, “Nuclear Politics and the Future of the Korean Peninsula”, moderated by UM Assistant Professor Kristin Vekasi. The group also visited a UM School of Policy and International Affairs class and Director Ferrier separately led a Six-Party Talks simulation with students. 
April 3, 2017
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola visited the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on March 31 to speak to two Political Science classes. Pictured are Mark and Academy instructor Lieutenant Commander Rachael Gosnell.
March 31, 2017
KEI’s Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade travelled to the University of Memphis to take part in a discussion of the North Korean nuclear crisis and speak with students about starting careers in international affairs in Washington, DC. Also taking part in the talks were Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and William Brown, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.   KEI’s Senior Director of Congressional Affairs and Trade travelled to the University of Mississippi to take part in a discussion of the North Korean nuclear crisis. Also taking part in the talk were Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, and William Brown, Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University.
March 28, 2017
KEI Director of Academic Affairs & Research Kyle Ferrier will travel to Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA to speak on a panel regarding U.S.-Korea economic relations, engage with students on starting a career in international affairs, and conduct a Six-Party Talks simulation. Please click here to learn more about KEI's university outreach.
March 23, 2017
  Please scroll down to view the video of the event   Co-sponsored by the Korea Economic Institute and the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy   The Future of U.S.-Korea Economic Relations Five Years after the U.S.-Korea FTA   With the inauguration of the Donald Trump as president of the United States, U.S. policy towards international trade and views of the currency policies of trading partners have begun to shift. Under the new administration, there is a greater emphasis on trade deficits, U.S. manufacturing exports, well-paying domestic jobs, and foreign direct investment. As the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) FTA approaches its fifth anniversary, and South Korea prepares for its own presidential transition, what are the future prospects for U.S.-Korea economic relations? What new areas of opportunity and challenge exist for each administration? Please join KEI and KIEP for a discussion of the future of U.S.-Korea economic relations and look back at five years of economic relations under the KORUS FTA.
March 15, 2017
On March 13, KEI hosted the Six-Party Talks Simulation with 46 students at Loyola Marymount University. To learn more about University Programs, please click here.
March 13, 2017
Korea Club  Thursday | March 9, 2017 6:30pm - 9:00pm   North Korea and the Mission to Account for America's Missing Korean War Servicemen   Guest Speaker: Col. Ashton Ormes (USA Ret.)   Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA   Ashton Ormes is a retired U.S. Army colonel, a Northeast Asia Foreign Area Officer, and a former civilian member of the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing Personnel Office (DPMO).  He first became involved in the mission to account for America’s missing Korean War servicemen, and initiatives to win North Korean cooperation in this effort, while serving in the United Nations Command component of the Military Armistice Commission (UNCMAC) in Panmunjom, Korea from 1986 to 1988.  Returning to Panmunjom from 1995 to 1997 as the UNCMAC Secretary, he participated in negotiations leading to joint US/DPRK operations in North Korea that began in 1996, ended in 2005, and recovered the remains of 229 missing men.  From 2000 to 2005, as the Director of Research and Analysis for DPMO, he took part in negotiations with North Korean representatives and traveled to North Korea six times to observe remains recovery operations in North and South Pyongan Provinces and in South Hamgyong Province.  He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Virginia Military Institute, a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University, and is a graduate of both the Republic of Korea Army College and the U.S. Army War College.
March 9, 2017
On March 9, KEI hosted the Six-Party Talks Simulation with 19 students at Stanford University. To learn more about University Programs, please click here.
March 9, 2017