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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PLEASE NOTE: KEI HAS MOVED OFFICES. WE ARE STILL AT 1800 K ST NW, BUT WE ARE NOW LOCATED ON THE 3RD FLOOR.   Media Coverage of the North Korean Nuclear Crisis The media has always played an important role in informing the public about international crises. One unexplored angle of the current North Korean nuclear issue is whether the media has been playing a constructive role or has contributed to heightened tensions. What are the positive and negative aspects of current media coverage in both the U.S. and the two Koreas? Can the media play a more responsible role in covering events on the Korean Peninsula? Please join KEI as we host a distinguished panel of senior journalists and Korea analysts to discuss this important and timely issue.
October 16, 2017
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October 10, 2017
PLEASE NOTE: KEI HAS MOVED OFFICES. WE ARE STILL AT 1800 K ST NW, BUT WE ARE NOW LOCATED ON THE 3RD FLOOR.   A Revolutionary State: North Korea’s Support of Non-State Actors During the Cold War, North Korea fomented revolutionary fervor by training and providing military equipment to communist guerillas and anti-colonial liberation movements. After the collapse of the Communist Bloc, North Korea turned its attention to assisting Islamist militants, such as Hezbollah and Hamas. This commitment to assisting non-state actors opened spaces for the Kim family regime to sell weapons, earn hard currency, and undermine the United States. However, Kim Jong-un has largely shifted away from Pyongyang’s traditional support for non-state actors, suggesting his policymaking decisions are guided by principles different from those of his father and grandfather.  KEI invites you to join us for a discussion on the history of North Korea’s relations with non-state actors, how Kim Jong-un’s approach diverges from past practices, and what this means for addressing proliferation concerns.  
October 5, 2017
Description: KEI’s Kyle Ferrier was joined by Economic Counselor Choi Jin Won from the Korean Embassy and Joshua Pierce of the State Department to visit Greenville, South Carolina on September 28 and 29 as part of KEI's "Future of Korea" program to speak at events hosted by the World Affairs Council Upstate, and to meet with students Clemson University and Furman University.
September 28, 2017
KEI’s Kyle Ferrier was joined by Economic Counselor Choi Jin Won from the Korean Embassy and Joshua Pierce of the State Department to visit Columbia, South Carolina on September 26 and 27 as part of KEI's "Future of Korea" program to speak at events hosted by the World Affairs Council of Columbia, and to meet with students at the University of South Carolina and Claflin University. Image courtesy of the Columbia World Affairs Council
September 26, 2017
On September 25, KEI Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier conducted a Six-Party Talks simulation with undergraduate and graduate students at The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, in Charleston, South Carolina.
September 25, 2017
On September 20, KEI President Donald Manzullo spoke at a class at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business entitled "International Trade: Washington Trade Insiders."
September 20, 2017
KEI’s Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier travelled with retired ROK Lieutenant General Chun In-bum and Angelo State University Professor of Political Science Bruce Becthol to Armstrong State University in Savannah, GA as part of KEI’s academic outreach. General Chun and Dr. Bechtol participated in a panel entitled, “The ROK-US Alliance: Strength and Resilience in the Face of Challenges,” moderated by Director Ferrier. The group also visited several classes to discuss North Korean human rights, the North Korean nuclear program, and how liberal thought has benefitted South Korea. 
September 20, 2017
 Korea Club Wednesday |  September 13, 2017   6:30 pm – 9:00 pm    Facing North: Managing North Korea's Military Challenge   Guest Speaker:   Gen. In-Bum Chun (ROK, Ret) Visiting Scholar, U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS Visiting Fellow, Center for East Asia Policy, Brookings Institution    Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182  
September 13, 2017
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event   Korea’s Centrality in East Asian Financial Cooperation The Global Financial Crisis highlighted the importance of international coordination to prevent, manage, and resolve financial crises. To this end, global institutions such as the G20 and IMF have garnered significant attention, but complementary institutions at the regional level also play an important role. In East and Southeast Asia, these can be traced back to the years after the 1997-1998 financial crisis. While the 2008 financial crisis did not hit the region as hard as the previous one did, it spurred efforts to expand and strengthen these regional financial governance initiatives. Though it may not be the largest economy in these initiatives, South Korea has increasingly played a central role in their advancement, such as the Chiang Mai Initiative Multilateralization and ASEAN+3 Macroeconomic Research Office. KEI invites you to join us for a discussion on why Korea has become increasingly central to regional financial governance and the importance of this centrality at a time when regional financial governance may be challenged by Sino-Japanese competition.
September 13, 2017
Mark Tokola of KEI, Minister Jang Hohyun from the Korean Embassy, and Zach Rosner of the State Department visited Atlanta, Georgia on September 13 and 14 as part of KEI's "Future of Korea" program to speak at an event hosted by the World Affairs Council of Atlanta, and to meet with students at Georgia State University.
September 13, 2017
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