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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What does the U.S.-Republic of Korea strategic alliance look like outside of the context of North Korea? How might U.S. Forces Korea and ROK Armed Forces contribute more to regional security outside of the Korean peninsula? We brought in Mark Tokola, Vice President of the Korea Economic Institute of America, and Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, to talk about this important issue.  
April 20, 2016
On April 18 KEI travelled to the University of California, San Diego to co-sponsor two programs with Dr. Stephan Haggard and the School of Global Policy and Strategy. Scott Snyder, Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, discussed a path for stronger South Korea-Japan relations at a brown bag lunch with students. In the evening Scott was joined by David Straub, Associate Director of the Korea Program at Stanford University, for a discussion moderated by KEI’s Kyle Ferrier on the results of the April 13 National Assembly elections in South Korea. 
April 18, 2016
  KEI Vice President Mark Tokola gave a luncheon address on April 15 at the DACOR-Bacon House in Washington D.C. on the topic, 'Dealing with Kim Jong-un's North Korea.' DACOR stands for Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired.  The audience consisted of former and serving American diplomats.
April 15, 2016
  Please find the video for this event below.   The Korea Economic Institute and The Korea Society present:   The Implications of the 2016 Korean National Assembly Elections   Featuring: Bruce Klingner Senior Research Fellow The Heritage Foundation Stephen E. Noerper Senior Director for Policy and Corporate Programs The Korea Society Troy Stangarone Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade Korea Economic Institute of America Moderated By: Mark Tokola Vice President Korea Economic Institute of America Thursday | April 14, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010 Please note that due to construction our temporary entrance is on 18th Street.     On April 13, Koreans will head to the polls to elect all 300 members of the National Assembly. This year’s election comes at a time when South Korean voters are concerned about economic growth, employment, and social welfare.  They also come in the aftermath of North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, the closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex, and at the height of renewed tensions between North Korea and the international community.    Please join KEI and The Korea Society for a discussion of the election outcomes, how they are likely to shape the remained of Park Geun-hye’s term, and what they may mean for South Korea’s presidential election in December 2017.   --  
April 14, 2016
KEI hosted a private roundtable discussing the Korean exchange rate. Dr. Luis Cubeddu of the International Monetary Fund, Deputy Minister Song In-chang of the Ministry of Strategy and Finance, KEI board member Dr. Tae-soo Kang, and Dr. Rui Mano of the IMF were in attendance and appear in the included photo.
April 13, 2016
Shaping the Future of Economic Architecture in East Asia Featuring: Chul Chung Vice President, Korea Institute for International Economic Policy Gary Hufbauer Reginald Jones Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economic Policy Kaewkamol Pitakdumrongkit  Assistant Professor, Centre for Multilateralism Studies, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University Tu Xinquan Executive Dean, China Institute for WTO Studies, University of International Business and Economics   Moderated by: Kyle Ferrier Director, Academic Affairs and Research, Korea Economic Institute of America Thursday | April 7, 2016 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010 Please note that due to construction our temporary entrance is on 18th Street.   Regional economic initiatives have become increasingly important for the continued growth and stability of East Asia, though the path forward is unclear. Membership in various forums facilitates integration and can present opportunities for stronger economic ties with different partners across the Pacific. However, significant obstacles to trade integration, such as concerns over RCEP’s ambition and the stalled ratification of the TPP in the U.S. Congress, as well as the mixed reception of the AIIB, present a number of questions for how the region can move forward. Even financial cooperation, the clearest achievement of institution-led regional economic cooperation in East Asia, faces a number of significant challenges ahead.   The key to understanding where economic architecture in East Asia may be heading lies with individual member countries. As the drivers of regional initiatives, these stakeholders must balance a number of interests and pursue different strategies that will fundamentally shape further integration.   Please join KEI for a panel discussion examining the perspectives of some of the major stakeholders in East Asia in order to better understand their collective future.   Lunch will be served. To RSVP, please click here   Image from Loïc Lagarde's photostream on flickr Creative Commons.
April 7, 2016
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola spoke at the Korea Society in New York on April 6 regarding the upcoming South Korean Parliamentary Elections.  He teamed for the election preview with Charles Armstrong, Korea Foundation Professor of Korean Studies at Columbia University.  The event was moderated by Stephen Noerper, Senior Director for Policy, The Korea Society.  Mr. Tokola and Professor Armstrong discussed the Korean party platforms, voter preferences, and implications of the possible outcomes.
April 6, 2016
KEI Vice President Mark Tokola visited the United States Military Academy in West Point, New York to conduct a Six-Party Talks simulation with 21 cadets. After the simulation he spoke with the cadets on how their negotiations compare to the current political realities in Northeast Asia.  
April 5, 2016
KEI’s Donald Manzullo, Kyle Ferrier, and Juni Kim visited Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah to conduct a Six-Party Talks simulation and visit a class taught by former Congressman Ernest Istook.
March 31, 2016
On March 30, Korea Club will host Mr. Joshua Stanton, author of Arsenal of Terror:North Korea, State Sponsor of Terrorism, who will give a presentation titled, "North Korea Sanctions & Post-Sunshine Engagement." About the Speaker Joshua Stanton is an attorney in Washington, DC with 18 years of  military and civilian experience in criminal and civil litigation and  administrative law. From 1998 to 2002, he served as a U.S. Army Judge  Advocate in the Republic of Korea. In 2006, he testified before the House  International Relations Committee. He was the first to identify and  publish satellite imagery of three North Korean prison camps, Camp 16  (Hwasong), Camp 25 (Chongjin), and Camp 12 (Cheongo-ri). His work has been cited in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Reuters, The Guardian, and The Daily Telegraph, and other sources. His op-eds have been published in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, CNN International, and The Weekly Standard. A 2015 paper on sanctions against North Korea, which was published in The Fletcher Security Review, provided effective recommendations for subsequent action on this issue. Since April of 2013, he has assisted the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on Foreign Affairs, with the drafting of the North Korea Policy and Sanctions Enforcement Act, which passed both the House and Senate and was ultimately signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2016. Stanton is the author of the 2015 Committee for Human Rights in North Korea (HRNK) report "Arsenal of Terror: North Korea, State Sponsor of Terrorism." The views he expresses in his publications and public lectures are his own and do not represent views of the Foreign Affairs Committee, or of any organization or government agency. 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.
March 30, 2016
KEI travelled to Brigham Young University (BYU) in Provo, Utah to host a public program and talk with students interested in a career in international affairs. On March 30 KEI co-sponsored a program with the Kennedy Center at BYU entitled, “The Korean Peninsula and China’s Balancing Act.” The program featured Dr. Douglas Paal, Vice President for Studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, and Dr. Kirk Larsen, Associate Professor of History at BYU, and was moderated by President Manzullo. After the program President Manzullo was joined by KEI’s Kyle Ferrier and Juni Kim to offer advice to students interested in working in international affairs. 
March 30, 2016
  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
On March 23, KEI President and CEO Donald Manzullo met with Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-2), who is the Ranking Member of the Emerging Threats & Capabilities Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. They discussed the latest in U.S.-Korea relations.
March 23, 2016
On March 22, KEI President Donald Manzullo and Executive Director met with Rep. Peter Roskam (IL-6th) on Capitol Hill to discuss the latest in U.S.-Korea relations. Rep. Roskam is Co-Chair of the Congressional Caucus on Korea.
March 22, 2016
KEI will be attending the 2016 International Studies Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. There, we sponsored two panels about the Korean Peninsula, including this discussion of Korea-Japan relations. Please scroll to the bottom for the video recording of this event.     Overcoming the South Korea-Japan Values Gap   Friday, March 18 | 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm EST   Brad Glosserman and Scott Snyder’s 2015 book, The Japan-South Korea Identity Clash: East Asian Security and the United States, made important contributions toward understanding the relationship between these two U.S. allies, utilizing a national identity approach. Aspects of their ultimate suggestion for a grand bargain, combining national identities and interests, is inherent in the December 28, 2015 settlement of the comfort women issue. In light of this agreement, among other major recent developments, the authors will further reflect on the relationship from the perspective of their countries of expertise. Mr. Glosserman and Mr. Snyder are joined by three other observers of Japan-South Korea relations who will introduce their own perspectives on key areas of the relationship and how it has developed over time through the lens of national identity.   Featuring  Mark Tokola:Vice President, Korea Economic Institute of America Scott Snyder: Senior Fellow for Korea Studies, Council on Foreign Relations Brad Glosserman:Executive Director, Pacific Forum CSIS Audrye Wong: PhD Candidate, Princeton University Gilbert Rozman: Emeritus Professor, Princeton University Kan Kimura: Professor, Kobe University   -----  
March 18, 2016
KEI will be attending the 2016 International Studies Association Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. There, we will be sponsoring two panels about the Korean Peninsula. We will be livestreaming both of these presentations on our website at www.keia.org/page/livestream. Please find more information about the first panel below.     Deciphering China’s Security Intentions in Northeast Asia  Wednesday, March 16 | 4:00 pm - 5:45 pm EST   Debates about China’s security intentions in policy circles and the media have intensified recently, with potentially far-reaching consequences. This panel brings attention to five of the most important aspects of the debates regarding China’s security objectives in Northeast Asia: how the debate has changed in the last 2-3 years; how different schools of thought approach the issue; how the debate manifests in the media; how this appears to be reflected in government circles; and what the implications are for policy toward China. The discussion will not only cover details of the separate national debates, it will compare them, delving into issues outside what is discussed in the United States. Coverage of China is, arguably, the most important arena for shaping public opinion and official policy in the region. A major step toward improving the chances for peace is to expose distorted coverage and point to ways it could be improved, which this panel seeks to accomplish.   Featuring:   Oriana Skylar Mastro: Assistant Professor, Georgetown University Mark Tokola: Vice President, Korea Economic Institute of America Michishita Narushige: Director of Security and International studies, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Japan Alexander Gabuev: Chair of Russia in the Asia-Pacific, Moscow Carnegie Center Dong Ryul Lee: Professor of Chinese studies, Dongduk Women’s University Gilbert Rozman: Emeritus Professor Princeton University
March 16, 2016
On March 3, KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo discussed U.S.-Korea relations with Representative Brad Sherman, the ranking Democrat Member of the Asia & Pacific Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.  
March 3, 2016
On March 1, KEI President Donald Manzullo and Executive Director Phil Eskeland met with Rep. Ed Royce (CA-39th), the chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Capitol Hill. They discussed the latest in U.S.-Korea relations.
March 1, 2016
  On March 1, KEI President Donald Manzullo and Executive Director met with Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-3rd) on Capitol Hill. They discussed the latest in U.S.-Korea relations.
March 1, 2016
KEI and the Korea Foundation hosted Dr. Choi Kang of the Asan Institute for Policy Studies and Dr. John Park of Harvard University for a discussion of the current situation on the Korean peninsula with young U.S.-Korea scholars.
February 24, 2016
On February 24, KEI travelled to Stanford University as part of its university outreach program. As part of the trip, KEI conducted its Six Party Talks Simulation Exercise for a class of around 30 students in a class about U.S. policy in Northeast Asia. The students were able to take on the role of one of the countries represented at the negotiation table, and work out a solution to North Korean security and humanitarian concerns. Please click here to learn more about KEI's University Programs and Academic Outreach.
February 24, 2016
KEI’s Director of Academic Affairs and Research Kyle Ferrier travelled to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida to host a public program and engage with students in the classroom. On February 23, Christen Broecker, Keith Luse, and David Maxwell spoke to a group of 140 students, faculty, and members of the general public on a panel entitled “Out of Order? Approaching North Korean Human Rights & Denuclearization.” Earlier in the day the group visited two classes concentrating on North Korea and relations between the U.S. and East Asia to discuss a range of issues concerning North Korea and to take questions from students.    
February 23, 2016
On February 18, 2016, KEI hosted 16 students from Syracuse University for a Six-Party Talks Simulation exercise. KEI has partnered with Syracuse for several years to bring students in for the simulation as part of the university's Maxwell in Washington program. Please click here to learn more about KEI's University Programs and Academic Outreach.
February 18, 2016
On February 11, KEI was proud to host a group of students from the Asan Academy for a Six Party Talks simulation exercise. Each student played the role of one of the countries at the table for the negotiations, and tried to come to a consensus on some of the major issues plaguing the Korean peninsula - including North Korea's nuclear program and human rights. For more informaiton on KEI's Six Party Talks Simulation exercise and other University Outreach Programs, please click here.
February 11, 2016
On February 10, KEI President & CEO Donald Manzullo spoke to a class of international business students at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University to reflect upon his 20 years of experience in Congress and on the changing political climate in the United States on the issue of international trade.  Invited by his long-time friend, Associate Professor Michael Czinkota, Ph.D. (pictured on the right), to address his class, former Congressman Manzullo engaged in a dialogue with students on the latest issues in U.S.-Korea relations, including prospects for further economic sanctions against North Korea, and projections for enactment of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
February 10, 2016