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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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
  WHEN Wednesday, June 29, 2016 at 8:30 AM - Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM (EDT)    WHERE Copley Formal Lounge - 3700 O Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007 - View Map   ---------   Breakfast and Lunch is provided for all attendees; this event is free and open to the public.  An annotated agenda is below; the full agenda may be viewed here.     This special event is supported through the generosity of the Philip and Patricia Bilden Asian Security Studies Fund.        
June 29, 2016
Please scroll down to view the full video recording of this event.   South Korea's Balancing Act in the Middle East   Seoul has recently made major efforts to deepen economic ties in the Middle East, including President Park Geun-hye’s trip to Iran and announcing free trade negotiations with Israel. While the energy sector has been at the core of these ties, increased economic diversification in the Middle East presents a number of new opportunities for eager South Korean companies. However, these economic interests may potentially be undermined by security and political challenges if they are not properly navigated. Please join KEI and Alon Levkowitz for a discussion on how Seoul’s strategy in the Middle East can maximize its economic benefits while minimizing the security risks.  
June 28, 2016
The full video from this event can be found below.     Are Sanctions the Rights Tool for the Job Against North Korea?     The international community has responded to each of North Korea’s four nuclear tests with increasingly tougher sanctions. However, Pyongyang’s continued defiance requires us to reassess whether a cycle of strengthening existing measures is the most effective means to achieve denuclearization on the Korean Peninsula. Is the power structure of the North Korean political system susceptible to sanctions as they are intended to work? Have the right groups been targeted? How can these tools be better designed to meet our policy goals? Please join KEI and Dr. Dursun Peksen, Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Memphis, as he examines how North Korea fits into the theoretical framework on sanctions and discusses the policy implications for the U.S. and others.  
June 23, 2016
On Friday, June 17 KEI’s Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier spoke to students participating in the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship Korean language program on the importance of developing language skills to further their careers and build professional relationships.  The students came from undergraduate and graduate programs at universities across the U.S. and will spend two months studying Korean language at Chonnam National University in Gwangju, South Korea. 
June 17, 2016
  Please find the full video of this event below.   The 2016 OECD Economic Survey of Korea: Promoting Socially Inclusive Growth   The OECD recently released the 2016 Economic Survey of Korea. While economic growth in Korea remained above the OECD average from 2011-2015, economic growth has also slowed to an annual average rate of 2.75 percent. More recently, the decline in global trade has also seen a slowdown in Korean exports, which remain an important part of economic growth for Korea. Over the same period, labor productivity has declined, while problems in the labor market have increased income inequality.      Please join us for a discussion of the current state of the Korean economy and the types of polices Korea could pursue to address challenges related to productivity, unemployment, and social cohesion.   --------  
June 14, 2016
From June 14 to 15 KEI President Donald Manzullo traveled with Ambassador Ahn Ho-young to Lake Charles and New Orleans, Louisiana. The delegation attended the groundbreaking ceremony in Lake Charles for factories jointly funded by the South Korean company Lotte Chemical and the American company Axiall. The facilities will produce ethane cracker, ethelyne, and ethelyne glycol and are expected to add over 200 new direct jobs in the local community.  President Manzullo and Ambassador Ahn then visited New Orleans to speak with local leaders on ways to strengthen ties between the US and South Korea in Louisiana. They visited with Mayor Mitch Landrieu, directors of regional economic development organizations, and the Korean-American community.     
June 13, 2016
  The Kim Jong-un Regime after the 7th Korean Worker's Party Congress   Wednesday | May 25, 2016 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm   Guest Speaker:    Kim Kwang-jin Non-Resident Fellow Committee for Human Rights in North Korea   Location:    Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant 8240 Leesburg Pike Vienna, VA 22182  
May 25, 2016
  Not Just Dust in the Wind: China-Korea Cooperation on Transborder Air Pollution   Pollution originating in China carried by the prevailing winds presents a number of serious environmental and health concerns for Korea. While the issue is portrayed in Korea as one stemming solely from China, foreign manufacturing investments in China, including those from Korea, play a key role in contributing to the problem and necessitate Seoul’s cooperation in its resolution. Please join KEI and Dr. Matthew Shapiro for an analysis of the connections between international economics and transboundary air pollution in Northeast Asia, including coordination on possible solutions to this complex issue.   Please click here to read Dr. Shapiro's paper.      
May 19, 2016
The Korean-American Club (Hanmi Club) and Korea Economic Institute of America Present:   Enhancing the U.S.-Korea Security Alliance and Economic Partnership   Monday, May 16, 2016 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm   Please find below the video recording of this event:          
May 16, 2016
On March 22, KEI President Donald Manzullo and Executive Director met with Rep. Charles Boustany (LA-3rd) on Capitol Hill to discuss the latest in U.S.-Korea relations.
May 12, 2016
KEI was honored to co-host an event at its conference facility with the Korea Institute of S&T Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to discuss Research and Development (R&D) budgeting and evaluations practices in Korea and the United States in both the public and private sectors.  Attendees heard presentations from Young-Hyun Jin and Juseok Lee of KISTEP; Matthew Hourihan of AAAS; Tim Persons of the Government Accountability Office (GAO); and Ms. Lee Green of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI).
May 4, 2016