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 scroll down for the video recording of this program The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea's Abduction Program Featuring: Robert Boynton Author of "The Invitation-Only Zone" & Director of New York University's Literary Reportage Concentration  With: Kathy Moon SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies Brookings Institution Sheila Smith Senior Fellow for Japan Studies Council on Foreign Relations     Wednesday | February 3, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm KEI Conference Facility  1800 K St NW | Suite 1010 -----   In the late 1970s and early 1980s, North Korea abducted Japanese citizens from coastal towns, an outrageous act that has haunted Japan and driven the careers of politicians such as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. In "The Invitation-Only Zone: The True Story of North Korea’s Abduction Project," Robert Boynton tells the story of these Japanese citizens whose lives were forever altered as part of a plan by North Korea to reeducate the abductees and turn them into spies. Thanks to extensive interviews with former abductees, Boynton is able to recount the lives of those forced to live in guarded communities that were presented as “Invitation-Only Zones” after North Korea’s plan faltered. On February 3, KEI hosted Boynton for a discussion of North Korea’s plan to turn Japanese abductees into spies and the lives that were ruined.    .     -------  
February 3, 2016
Scroll down for the video recording of this event.     Navigating Korea's Labor Market Reforms Thursday | January 21, 2016 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm With remarks by: Chang Hong-geun Director, Industrial Relations Research Division Korea Labor Institute  Moderated by: Kyle Ferrier Director of Academic Affairs and Research Korea Economic Institute   Faced with growing youth unemployment and public dissatisfaction with labor market conditions, representatives from South Korean labor, management, and government finalized an agreement to reform the domestic labor regime in September last year. This first step to reform South Korea’s labor market introduces a number of significant new measures, including the expansion of the social safety net and clarification of employment guidelines, but significant opposition from major labor unions jeopardizes its full implementation.   KEI hosted Dr. Chang Hong-geun to present his findings. He outlined the importance of this agreement and how the political differences among the three stakeholders can be navigated to advance the initial stages of South Korea’s labor market reform.  To read Dr. Chang's paper, please click here.    
January 21, 2016
On January 19, KEI hosted a group of students from Keimyung University in Daegu, South Korea during their visit to Washington, DC. President Donald Manzullo, Executive Director Phil Eskeland and Director of Academic Affairs Kyle Ferrier spoke to the students about about the U.S.-South Korea relations and KEI's role in strengthening the ties between the two countries. To learn more about KEI's university outreach, please click here.
January 19, 2016
Every year on January 13, the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) sponsors a luncheon in Washington, DC to mark Korean American Day and recognize the local and national Korean American community. This event has come to be recognized as one of the preeminent celebrations in Washington, DC for Korean Americans. As part of the ceremony, KEI recognizes prominent Korean Americans that have made significant contributions in their field.  Recently, KEI has honored Korean-Americans from athletics, government, business, academia, humanitarian work, business and entrepeneurship, arts and literature.  Recognizing Leaders in Culinary Excellence Jae Ok Chang, Author & Director of the Global Korean Cuisine Research Center Edward Lee, Chef & Owner of 610 Magnolia & former Top Chef contestant Rachel Yang, Chef & Owner of Joule, Revel & Trove   Moderated by: Marja Vongerichten, Chef, Author & TV Personality. Please click here to view the official press release about the event, and scroll down to view the video of the luncheon.                        
January 13, 2016
The Future of United States-Republic of Korea Civilian Nuclear Cooperation   Friday | December 18, 2015 10:30 am - 1:00 pm Le Meridien Hotel 333 Battery Street, San Francisco, California   Welcome remarks by: Dong-man Han  Consul General Republic of Korea in San Francisco Mark Tokola Vice President  Korea Economic Institute of America   Keynote address: Kathleen Stephens  William J. Perry Distinguished Fellow  APARC Stanford University Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea   A panel discussion featuring: Dr. Karl van Bibber Chair, Nuclear Engineering  University of California, Berkeley (moderator)   Dr. Joonhong Ahn  Professor of Nuclear Engineering University of California, Berkeley   Dr. Chaim Braun Consulting Professor Stanford University   Dr. Jay Davis Senior Fellow and President Emeritus Hertz Foundation   Dr. Lee Kwang-seok Director of the Center for ROK-U.S. Cooperation Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute     This past summer, the United States and the Republic of Korea signed a new civil nuclear cooperation agreement, often called a “123 Agreement,” to further and deepen the cooperation between the two countries and reaffirm their joint commitment to nuclear nonproliferation. With the agreement in force, now is the time to look at the steps forward for nuclear energy cooperation between these two allies. The speakers will explore where civil nuclear cooperation fits within the context of the alliance, the details of the 123 Agreement and what makes it different from agreements the U.S. has with other countries, and what the establishment of a High Level Bilateral Commission will mean for key issues that remain between the two countries, including nuclear safety, spent fuel management, and the future of enrichment and reprocessing.     This program is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to the United States.
December 18, 2015
Charting the Course for US-Korea Nuclear Energy Cooperation:  A Roadmap for the Future   Remarks and presentations by:   The Hon. Steve Pearce U.S. Congressman (NM, 02)   Dong-ik Shin Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea   Susan Pickering Director, Nuclear Energy & Fuel Cycle Programs, Sandia National Laboratories   Seung Koo Lee President, Korea Academy of Nuclear Safety Former Vice Minister, Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning, Republic of Korea   Keynote address by:   The Hon. Lee Terry Former U.S. Congressman (NE, 02)     On December 15, 2015 KEI and the Global America Business Institute (GABI) co-hosted a discussion on US-Republic of Korea nuclear energy cooperation. Around 110 people attended the event, which was held at the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History in Albuquerque, New Mexico.   In June 2015, the U.S. and the Republic of Korea formally signed the renewal of their nuclear cooperation agreement, or 123 Agreement, marking the continuation of a decades-long relationship that has evolved significantly since its early days. Korea, once totally dependent upon U.S. nuclear energy technology, is now a major global nuclear vendor and exporter, and the revised 123 Agreement reflects this reality. Korea, also among the world’s leaders in the development of next-generation reactor and fuel cycle technologies, is now positioned to be a more active and able partner for the U.S., particularly in advanced nuclear energy R&D.    
December 14, 2015
In the second of two events co-hosted by KEI and the Korea Society, the World Bank Group's Marc Stocker, American Enterprise Institute's Alex Pollock, and the Korea Economic Institute's Don Manzullo discussed the ramifications of a potential hike on Korea in a conversation with Tom Byrne, President of The Korea Society. 
December 14, 2015
On December 10, 2015, KEI will host students from The Asan Institute for Policy Studies' Asan Academy for a Six-Party Talks Simulation exercise. For more informaiton on KEI's Six Party Talks Simulation exercise and other University Outreach Programs, please click here.
December 10, 2015
General Scaparrotti, head of the United Nations Command, Combined Forces Command, and U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) in South Korea, visited KEI on December 8 to meet with KEI staff, members of the KEI Board of Directors,  and other experts, to discuss economic and political issues facing the Korean peninsula and the U.S.-ROK alliance.
December 8, 2015
Troy Stangarone, KEI's Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade, spoke at a workshop on U.S.-Japan economic cooperation involving TPP, AIIB, and the Asia-Pacific Economic Architecture at the East-West Center's Washington, DC office. In his remarks, Mr. Stangarone discussed Korea's trade policy, its policy options on TPP, and Korea's participation in AIIB. The event focused on the new agreements and organizations in the Asia Pacific that signal a major transformation of the current regional economic and political order. On the trade front, the 12 Asia Pacific members have just concluded negotiations establishing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which, if ratified and successfully enforced, will redefine the trade and investment framework and establish new rules for the region. In the financial arena, China's new Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is already challenging both the modality and the norms of existing development financing.  Click here to learn more about the program.
December 1, 2015
Since the death of Kim Il-sung in 1994 there have been numerous predictions that the collapse of the North Korean political system would be imminent, yet the Kim dynasty continues to rule. Although some prominent experts have emphasized the resilience of the North Korean regime, there is a dearth of explanations as to why outlook on the fate of North Korea’s leadership has differed so greatly from reality.
November 18, 2015
On Nov. 16 Korea Club hosted Dr. Chanil An, President of the North Korea Research Center, who will give a presenation titled "North Korea and North Korean Human Rights after the Seventh Workers' Party Congress".
November 16, 2015
On November 14, the Korea Economic Institute hosted a Six Party Talks Simulation at Georgetown University. Around 20 students from Georgetown, Johns Hopkins SAIS, George Washington University and George Mason University participated in the program, which teaches them firsthand about the difficulties of a multilateral negotiation. The students each played the role of a participant in the negotiations, and had to come to a consensus on how to deal with various issues facing North Korea and stability in the region. For more informaiton on KEI's Six Party Talks Simulation exercise and other University Outreach Programs, please click here.   -----  
November 14, 2015
As part of the John K.C. Oh Memorial Lecture Series at the Marquette University, KEI President Donald Manzullo and Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade Troy Stangarone gave presentations on the unification of the Korean peninsula and how Washington, DC works. 
November 11, 2015
Please view the video from the event below.   U.S. Fed Interest Rate Normalization: The Impact on Korea, the U.S., and the Global Economy   On November 9, KEI and The Korea Society hosted a discussion with a panel of distinguished experts in the fields of financial risk and macroeconomics on how the inherent challenges for the global economy from higher interest rates will impact South Korea and the U.S.  After over seven years of near zero interest rates, the Federal Reserve may now be ready to raise rates, but is the world ready? Normalizing interest rates is expected to cause significant capital outflows from emerging economies, exposing debt burdens amassed in a period of cheap credit and depreciating local currencies against the dollar. In light of slowing global growth and the rising strength of the dollar, investors are concerned tighter U.S. monetary policy will precipitate a major financial crisis in emerging markets. Though advanced economies are projected to be less affected, the scale of another global crisis could disrupt U.S. and South Korean growth, reflected in recent IMF adjustments to its 2020 nominal GDP forecasts. The scope of a possible crisis in emerging markets has drawn parallels to 2008, but to what extent should a new crisis be considered separate or a continuance of the previous one? Is the crisis on the horizon an inevitable outcome of the Fed’s policies over the past seven years? What does this suggest about the efficacy of both conventional and unconventional monetary policy and the role of central banks in managing their economies moving forward?  
November 9, 2015
The Korea Economic Institute of America travelled to Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey to host two panel discussions and conduct a Six Party Talks simulation exercise. On November 9, Miles Pomper, Paul Kerr, and Jenny Town spoke to a group of about 50 students and faculty on a panel entitled "The Last Rogue State: Handling North Korea after the Iran Deal." Afterward, they spoke with students on a career panel to give advice on getting a job in international affairs in Washington, DC. That evening, KEI conducted a Six Party Talks simulation with 24 students.
November 9, 2015
In his most recent work, Dr. Hyoung Tae Kim analyzes whether reliance on Samsung Electronics constrains growth and constitutes significant systemic risk to the South Korean economy through the introduction of a Systemically Important Corporation (SICO) framework, mirroring the Financial Stability Board’s Systemically Important Financial Institution (SIFI) classification for financial institutions. On October 28, 2015, KEI hosted Dr. Kim for a presentation of his innovative approach to identifying why Samsung’s main lines of business have been successful in South Korea and his recommendations to diversify away from Samsung to industries with similar characteristics in order to foster greater growth of the South Korean economy. Please click here to read Dr. Kim's paper and watch the video below.    
October 28, 2015
Please view the video for this event below.   Devotion: A Tale of Courage from the "Forgotten War"     Little is written about the people involved in the “Forgotten War” … until now. Best-selling author Adam Makos spent over five years researching and interviewing those who were involved in the Korean War, which culminated into his latest book, Devotion: An Epic Story of Heroism, Friendship and Sacrifice.   Devotion tells the story of the friendship between the U.S. Navy’s most famous aviator duo:  Lieutenant Thomas Hudner and Ensign Jesse Brown. One from the elite circles of New England, the other from rural Mississippi, their divergent lives cross when they both serve as pilots in the same squadron in the Korean War.   On October 26, KEI hosted author Adam Makos, Lt. General Chip Gregson, and Dr. James Person of the History Program at Woodrow Wilson Center, for a discussion of Devotion and those who served in the Korean War.       
October 26, 2015
On Friday, October 16, President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) Donald Manzullo spoke on a panel at the George Washington University School of Business regarding the entrepreneurial ecosystem in South Korea. Drawing from his experience as a former member of the US House of Representatives where he served as the Chairman of the Small Business Committee for three terms, President Manzullo compared the challenges for small and medium-sized enterprises in the US and Republic of Korea, emphasizing South Korea’s manufacturing base as a continued source of economic growth. Also participating on the panel were Dr. Yoon-Shik Park, Professor of International Business at George Washington University; Dr. Ki-Chan Kim, Professor of Business Administration at The Catholic University of Korea; and Danny Leipziger, Managing Director of the Growth Dialogue. 
October 16, 2015
KEI President and former Congressman Donald Manzullo participated in a networking reception on Capitol Hill hosted by the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) where Members of Congress from districts with investment from Korea or an interest in Korea met with representatives of U.S.-subsidiaries of Korean-based corporations.  Pictured here are representatives from the Korean business community along with Representative Mike Honda (D-CA), Billy Long (R-MO), and KEI President Manzullo.  Also attending (but not pictured) were Representatives Bradley Byrne (R-AL),  Bill Pascrell (D-NJ), Grace Meng (D-NY), Charles Rangel (D-NY), Mike Kelly (R-PA), and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). 
October 8, 2015
Former Congressman now President and CEO of Korea Economic Institute (KEI) Donald Manzullo congratulates his good friend and former colleague, Congressman Mike Honda of California, upon his being given an honorary PhD in Political Science from Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, Korea.  Congressman Honda was honored by the University for his outstanding work in promoting human rights and his sensitivity and support of  Korean and Korean American issues.
October 8, 2015
Please view the videos from the event below.   In the past year alone, the U.S.-ROK alliance has overcome many challenges while continuing to strengthen relations. However, as South Korea looks towards its broader interests in the region and in the world, many question the future shape of the of the U.S.-ROK partnership and what role the U.S. will play in the Asia-Pacific region.  On October 5, 2015, KEI and the Hanmi Club hosted a discussion with a distinguished group of visiting Korean journalists and political commentators on what Presidents Park Geun-hye and Barack Obama should talk about during the October 16 Summit.   Introductory remarks by: Donald Manzullo | KEI President & CEO David Pong | Hanmi Club Chairman Ahn Ho-young | Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to the United States   Discussants: Andrew Weber | Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response, U.S. State Department Mi-sook Lee | News Editor, Mun Hwa Daily News Chan-soon Nam | Editorial Writer & Political Reporter, Dong-A Ilbo Kang-duk Lee | Washington Bureau Chief, KBS News William Brown | Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University Mark Tokola | Vice President, Korea Economic Institute    
October 5, 2015
On September 28, 2015, KEI sponsored a panel discussion at Angelo State University (ASU) entitled "Preparing for Collapse in North Korea: Challenges and Issues." Around 114 students, staff and members of the public attended the symposium, which was co-sponsored with the Kay Bailey Hutchison Center for Security Studies at ASU. The panelists discussed contingency plans in the event of a collapse, how regional actors will react, and how to deal with the nuclear issue.
September 28, 2015
On September 24, 2015, 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. 
September 24, 2015
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