Featured Past Events

Event Description Event Date
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
 
Event Description Event Date
 Recommendations for the Next Administration's North Korea Policy Guest Speaker: Ambassador Joseph DeTrani Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182  Korea Club Thursday | November 17, 2016 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm  
November 17, 2016
    A Fork in the Road?  Korea and the One Belt, One Road Initiative   In late 2013, China and South Korea each announced ambitious strategies to strengthen economic linkages with Central Asia and beyond. However, progress on Beijing’s One Belt, One Road initiative seems to be outpacing President Park’s Eurasia Initiative, which continues to be challenged by an obstinate North Korea in establishing land routes to Eurasia. Are these projects fated to be joining paths or diverging crossroads? Can Seoul strengthen its connectivity to the rest of the continent while North Korea continues to defy the international community? Please join KEI and Dr. Balbina Hwang for an examination of how these Chinese and Korean projects to promote regional integration have been implemented and their significance for regional stability.     Wednesday, November 16, 2016 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010  
November 16, 2016
South Korea is one of Oregon’s top five trading partners and Oregon is home to 25,000+ Korean Americans. And Portland has strong ties to South Korea through its Sister City Ulsan (which ships Hyundai cars through the U.S. gateway of Portland). What does the horizon of U.S.-Korea relations hold? And how might the evolving nature of political, economic, and security issues in the Korean peninsula effect that relationship—both regionally and nationally? Join us for this vital discussion with Economic Counselor Choi Jin-won from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Foreign Affairs Officer Joshua Pierce from the Department of State, and Mark Tokola, Vice-President of the Korean Economic Institute, with KEI President and former Congressman Donald Manzullo, as we explore the future of Korean-US diplomatic and economic-trade relations.   For more information, please click here. Cosponsored with the office of Oregon's Honorary Consul of Korea. A program of the World Affairs Councils of America and the Korea Economic Institute
October 27, 2016
  Please scroll down to view the video of this event.   Fixing the Korean Labor Market   South Korea faces rising social inequality, low and stagnating productivity, and unsustainable demographic changes, all of which threaten long-term economic growth prospects as well as social stability. Although a panacea may not exist, addressing the rigidities and deficiencies of the Korean labor market is a crucial way to alleviate these issues. A number of policies intending to reform the labor market have been put forward, but many of the core challenges, such as opportunities for marginalized workers, continue to persist. Please join KEI for a presentation by Dr. Vladimir Hlasny, where he will lucidly identify the structural shortcomings of a complex Korean labor market, analyze the efficacy of legislation to fix these issues, and propose how policies to reform the system can be more effective.  
October 27, 2016
On October 25, KEI will be sponsoring a public discussion at the University of Washington Bothell. Economic Minister Jang Hohyun from the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, Foreign Affairs Officer Joshua Pierce from the Department of State, and Mark Tokola, Vice-President of the Korean Economic Institute, will discuss important issues related to the U.S.-Korea relationship. KEI President and former Congressman Donald Manzullo will provide opening remarks along with Washington Congressman Rick Larsen. This event is open to students, faculty, and members of the public. Press are also welcome.
October 25, 2016
  Songbun, Pyongyang Republic and  North Korea's Policy of Human Rights Denial    Guest Speaker:   Robert Collins   Thursday | October 20, 2016  6:30 pm – 9:00 pm   Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182   You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The event will feature Mr. Robert Collins, who will give a presentation entitled, "Songbun, Pyongyang Republic and North Korea's Policy of Human Rights Denial."
October 20, 2016
On October 20, KEI President Donald Manzullo travelled to the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio to a hold a forum on security issues in East Asia and the U.S.-ROK alliance featuring ROK Army Lieutenant General(ret.) Chun In-Bum. Opening remarks for the forum were provided by Congressman Michael Turner and University of Dayton Lecturer Dr. Anthony Talbott moderated the discussion.  
October 20, 2016
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola travelled to Columbus, Georgia on October 19 to speak on 'Dealing with Kim Jong's North Korea,' part of the Col. Richard R. Hallock lecture series. The public lecture was attended by 150 Columbus State University students and faculty, military members from nearby Fort Benning, and the public. Earlier in the day, Mr. Tokola spoke to 200 U.S. Army and allied forces officers at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning and to 50 graduate students studying security policy at Columbus State University.
October 19, 2016
    The Future of THAAD and USFK   Featuring: Bryan Port Director of Strategy, United States Forces Korea   Join CoAA and KEI for an off-the-record discussion with Brian Port, Director of Strategy for USFK, on THAAD and the strategic significance of the U.S.-Korea alliance.  The conversation will cover the intricacies of THAAD deployment, THAAD’s role in U.S.-ROK grand strategy, US-ROK-China relations, and the South Korea’s role in the strategic triangle of US-Australia-Japan relations.   This event is co-sponsored with the Council on Asian Affairs, a group of young professionals in the Asia policy community. Please click here to learn more about COAA and become a member. 
October 18, 2016
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola met in Atlanta on October 18 with Kike Ehigiator, Director, International Partnerships and Agreements, Georgia State University. Mr. Tokola is a member of the Georgia State University External Advisory Board for Korea.  
October 18, 2016
On October 18, KEI’s Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade, Troy Stangarone, travelled to Newark, Delaware to participate on a panel titled “Asia in the US Presidential Election.” Troy presented on how issues relating to Korea have been raised in the discourse of the U.S. presidential election and the potential implications, discussing topics ranging from trade policy to approaching North Korea. Troy was also joined by University of Delaware faculty members Alice Ba and Darryl Flaherty. They spoke with an audience of 40 students and faculty. 
October 18, 2016
On October 13, KEI organized a program on the challenges presented by North Korea for the international community at Angelo State University. KEI’s Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade, Troy Stangarone, moderated a discussion of the political and security challenges present by North Korea for Northeast Asia with ROK Army Lt. General (ret.) In-Bum Chun, Dr. Dlynn Williams from the University of North Georgia, and Dr. Bruce Bechtol from Angelo State University.  They spoke with an audience of 120 members of the local community and university.
October 13, 2016
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event.   East Asia and the Korean Peninsula: The Prospective Policies of a Clinton or Trump Administration   The next president of the United States will come into office at a crucial time for U.S. relations in East Asia. How will they view the United States’ commitment to the region? How will they manage relations with U.S. allies such as South Korea? How will they handle the rise of China and a North Korea determined to advance its nuclear program? Please join KEI as representatives from both campaigns discuss their candidate’s views on these and other critical issues the United States will face in East Asia and the Korean peninsula in the years ahead.  
October 11, 2016
In collaboration with the Global America Business Institute, the Korea Economic Institute would like to invite you to a Capitol Hill briefing on: Improving the Economics of Nuclear Power:  Lessons Learned from the Korean Experience   A growing number of nuclear power plants throughout the United States face the prospect of premature shutdown and decommissioning, leading many to dismiss nuclear power as expensive and economically uncompetitive. However, many of the recent reactor shutdowns in the U.S. have been the result of market failures in deregulated electricity markets, and the rising costs of nuclear in the U.S. have largely been attributable to an uncertain regulatory environment, a failure to maximize on fixed costs, and other factors. Other countries' experiences with nuclear power--such as that of South Korea, which reduced the costs of nuclear-generated electricity over a span of several decades--corroborate that nuclear is not inherently cost-prohibitive.
October 6, 2016
Please scroll down to view the full video of this event   North Korea and the World: Human Rights, Arms Control, and Strategies for Negotiation   For more than six decades, North Korea has acted as one of the most aggressive states on the world stage and the most repressive at home, doing little to address mass hunger and other basic human needs. In his new book, "North Korea and the World: Human Rights, Arms Control, and Strategies for Negotiation," Dr. Walter Clemens tackles the challenges posed by North Korea by analyzing the 10 leading policy options, assessing the strengths and weaknesses of each. Using his extensive knowledge of international negotiations, he then outlines possible ways forward to engage North Korea in talks to stabilize the region.
October 5, 2016
  On October 3, KEI President Donald Manzullo and Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier visited the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay (UWGB) to hold a public program with ROK Army Lt. General (ret.) In-Bum Chun. General Chun spoke with an audience of 90 students and faculty members on security challenges in East Asia and the importance of the US-ROK alliance in addressing these issues before privately meeting with a group of student veterans. KEI was also pleased to have UWGB Chancellor Gary Miller and Congressman Reid Ribble provide opening statements for the public event. 
October 3, 2016
On September 26, KEI will partner with the World Affairs Council of Burlington, Vermont to host a Future of Korea program. Since 2001, KEI has partnered with the World Affairs Council to bring representatives from the U.S. State Department and the Korean Embassy to visit 6 to 8 cities across the U.S. every year and discuss the latest in U.S.-Korea relations with Americans outside of Washington, D.C. who are interested in foreign policy and international trade.
September 26, 2016
KEI President Donald Manzullo (right) with South Korean Ambassador Ahn Ho Young (center) and U.S. Representative Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-03) at Westminster College.   KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo accompanied the Ambassador from the Republic of Korea to the United States, His Excellency Ahn Ho-young, to participate in three KEI outreach programs in Missouri.  First, Ambassador Ahn spoke before an audience of 75 people from the local community in Fulton, Missouri at Westminster College to discuss the legacy of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech not just for Korea, but also for establishing the post-World War II global liberal order.  The architecture that was designed by key figures in the Truman Administration produced unprecedented levels of global peace, prosperity, and respect for rights as compared to any other 70-year time period in human history.  At the invitation of former Congressman and KEI President Manzullo, Ambassador Ahn was introduced by the Honorable Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3rd), who represents Fulton in the U.S. House of Representatives.  In the audience was the Mayor of Fulton, the Honorable Leroy Benton, and the Honorary Consul for Korea in St. Louis, Missouri, Associate Circuit Court Judge Judy Preddy Draper.  The Ambassador and the KEI President also met with the President of Westminster College, Dr. Benjamin Ola. Akande.  They discussed future partnerships between KEI and the college and ways to attract more students from Korea to enroll at Westminster.
September 19, 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
On September 8, KEI Vice President Mark Tokola joined Jeongmi Heo, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea, and Mintaro Oba, Korea Desk Officer from the U.S. Department of State for a Future of Korea program in El Paso, Texas.  They met with the El Paso Chamber of Commerce, conducted a luncheon panel discussion for the Borderplex Alliance and the local World Affairs Council, and met with El Paso Mayor Oscar Leeser, among other activities.  More details of the visit can be found in an interview conducted at the time with the publication El Paso Inc.
September 8, 2016
  A Changing North Korea   Guest Speaker:   Markus Garlauskas   Wednesday |  September 7, 2016 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182   ** This event will be OFF-THE-RECORD **   You are invited to attend a meeting of the Korea Club on Wednesday, September 7, 2016. The event will feature Mr. Markus Garlauskas who will give an off-the-record presentation entitled, "A Changing North Korea." Markus Garlauskas is the Senior National Intelligence Officer on the National Intelligence Council at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI).  He oversees the production of coordinated intelligence community strategic analysis on NorthKorea, while serving as the DNI’s senior subject matter expert and analytic advisor on North Korea issues in support of the DNI's role as the principal intelligence adviser to the President. From 2002 to 2014, Mr. Garlauskas served on the staff of United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command and U.S. Forces Korea in Seoul, including as Chief of Intelligence Estimates and Chief of the Strategy Division. In the latter capacity, he served as the principal civilian advisor to three successive commanders on strategic political-military issues, and worked closely with South Korean counterparts on strategies for countering North Korean missiles and WMD. For his work in Korea, he received the Joint Civilian Distinguished Service Award, the highest award for a civilian from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He holds Master of Arts in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.   PROGRAM DETAILS Reception will begin at 6:30pm, 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. This talk will be off the record. 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.
September 7, 2016
On August 17, KEI’s Troy Stangarone and Kyle Ferrier visited the University of Montana to engage with students as part of the annual Japan-America Student Conference. Kyle led a group of 54 Japanese and American students in a Six-Party Talks simulation and Troy presented on the implications of the 2016 U.S. presidential election for relations with Asia, placing particular importance on U.S.-Japan-South Korea relations. The two KEI staff members were joined by a number of university professors and administrators, including university president Royce C. Engstrom.     
August 17, 2016
After winning the Olympic bronze medal in soccer for the first time during the 2012 London Olympics, the South Korean Men's U-23 team is aiming for another medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics. After defeating Fiji 8:0 in its first group match this week, the South Korean team is off to a thrilling start.  KEI is pleased to invite you to join us at our conference facilities for snacks and light refreshments and to watch the matchup between Korea and Mexico.
August 10, 2016
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August 5, 2016
Please find the full video of this event below. ----------   Discussion of the Security Situation on the Korean Peninsula and in East Asia   The security situation on the Korean peninsula and in East Asia is evolving. North Korea has continued to advance its nuclear and missile programs and is developing a second strike capability. China and Russia are pushing back against efforts by the United States and South Korea to deploy THAAD to protect South Korea and U.S. bases on the peninsula against North Korean attacks.  In the region more broadly, the Permanent Court of Arbitration will make a ruling on July 12 on claims in the South China Sea that is expected to increase tensions in the region. Please join KEI for a discussion on how the security situation on the peninsula and the region is changing and the ongoing role of the U.S.-Korea alliance.  
July 14, 2016