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
On Sept. 15, 2015, KEI Vice President Mark Tokola participated in the 3rd Annual US-ROK Dialogue at the Wilson Center. Tokola shared his expertise on a panel entitled "Northeast Asian Dynamism and the U.S.-ROK Alliance: Past, Present, and Future."
September 15, 2015
On September 10, KEI hosted a discussion of the United States’ relationships with South Korea and India and the prospects for increasing cooperation between the three countries. Watch the video for this event below, and check out our blog recapping the discussion here.  
September 10, 2015
Troy Stangarone, KEI’s Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade, spoke at the recent Harvard Project on Asia and International Relations conference in Manila. Mr. Stangarone was on the Security and Diplomacy panel on commercial diplomacy and the next resource horizon with Dr. Tereda Takashi from the University of Kyoto and Dr. Richard Javad Heydarian from De La Salle University. Mr. Stangarone discussed the history of China’s economic development, drive behind its need for resources, and the dynamics behind the evolving economic architecture in East Asia.   More information on the 2015 Harvard Project on Asia and International Relations conference in Manilia can be found here.
August 22, 2015
Donald Manzullo, former Congressman and now President and CEO of the Korea Economic Institute of America, participated in the US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship in Atlanta on July 30th. Manzullo appeared on a panel at the conference to discuss the role of science in diplomacy.  In addition, Manzullo met with the Korean Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning and five Members of Korea's National Assembly. They are Min Byung Joo, Sun Sang Kee, Park In Sook, Kang Ghil Boo, and Hong Moon Jong.  He was accompanied by Dr. Youngha Park, President of the Korea Institute of Science & Technology Evaluation and Planning (KISTEP).   KEI President and CEO Donald Manzullo (second from left) participated in a panel at the US-Korea Conference on Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship along with (left to right) Dr. Sangki Jeong, Director, Office of National R&D Evaluation and Analysis, KISTEP; Dr. Youngha Park, President of KISTEP; Dr. Tim Persons, Chief Scientist for (US) Government Accountability Office (GAO); and Dr. Moonjung Choi, Director General, Office of Strategic Foresight, KISTEP.  
July 30, 2015
On Monday, July 27 at the Wilson Center in Washington, DC, President/CEO of KEI Donald Manzullo and Vice President Mark Tokola participated in a luncheon/forum with Kim Moo Sung. Kim is the Chairman of the Supreme Council, Saenuri Party in the  Korea National Assembly, the equivalent of the Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
July 27, 2015
Troy Stangarone, KEI’s Senior Director for Congressional Affairs and Trade, spoke at a recent Global Business Dialogue event on China’s soft power with Stuart Mackintosh, the Executive Director at The Group of 30; Kevin B. Quinn, Sr. Vice President of HSBC; and Meg Lundsager a fellow at The Wilson Center and a former U.S. Executive Director at the IMF. Mr. Stangarone focused his remarks on the role of Korea as a RMB hub, Korea’s participation in the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, and the Korea-China FTA. More information about the event can be found here, and an audio recording of the event is available here.
July 24, 2015
On July 24, KEI hosted 42 students from the Korea-America Student Conference for a Six Party Talks Simulation. The conference is an exchange between Korean and American students which includes stops all around the country. At KEI, the students each got to play the role of one of the countries around the table during the Six Party Talks, working through issues such as nuclear proliferation, human rights and aid money in order to try and reach an agreement.   For more information on KEI's Six Party Talks Simulation and bringing KEI to your student group, click here.
July 24, 2015
On July 22, KEI hosted Nathan Beauchamp-Mustafaga to discuss his research analyzing Chinese military commentary about North Korea and offering insight on how to better decipher statements from Chinese military officials about North Korea. Dr. Jonathan Pollack served as a discussant providing context and additional thoughts about the paper.   Please click here to view the paper | Video of the program can be viewed below    
July 22, 2015
On July 20, Joo Ho Young, Member of the National Assembly of Korea and Chairman of the Intelligence Committee, met with former congressman and KEI President and CEO Don Manzullo; former congressman Peter Hoekstra, chairman of the House Select Committee on Intelligence;  Phil Eskeland, Executive Director of Programs and Policy at KEI and a 26 year veteran of the U.S. House of Representatives staff; and Mark Tokola, Vice President of KEI and 38 year veteran of the U.S. Foreign Service. The group met to exchange ideas and discuss issues of how the U.S. and Korea handle matters of  intelligence.
July 20, 2015
The U.S.-ROK relationship has evolved from a strategic alliance designed to deter aggression from North Korea into a “comprehensive strategic alliance,” expanding well beyond the security realm. But this broader vision of the alliance is still in development. With the Obama-Park summit postponed due to the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Korea, the allies now have more time to solidify an agenda that not only reaffirms their strong bilateral relationship, but sets goals for cooperation on hot-button regional and global issues. Join us for a distinguished U.S.-ROK panel discussion on the key issues for the summit agenda and how the allies should address current regional challenges, while further modernizing the alliance to tackle the emerging global threats of the twenty-first century. Registration is now closed.
July 15, 2015
The U.S.-ROK relationship has evolved from a strategic alliance designed to deter aggression from North Korea into a comprehensive strategic alliance, expanding well beyond the security realm. But, this broader vision of the alliance is still one in the making. With the Washington-Seoul summit postponed over the outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome in Korea, the allies now have more time to solidify an agenda that not only reaffirms their strong bilateral relationship, but sets goals to cooperate on hot-button regional and global issues. Join us for a distinguished U.S.-ROK statesman’s dialogue on the key issues for the summit agenda and how the allies should address current regional challenges, while further modernizing the alliance to tackle the emerging global threats of the 21st century.
June 25, 2015
Korea Club is pleased to host Dr. Kongdan (Katy) Oh Hassig for her presentation on "The Hidden People of North Korea".
June 23, 2015
With the continued debate of Trade Promotion Authority expected in the House and the prospect for the conclusion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) approaching, there has been significant discussion of how the KORUS FTA has performed. However, much of this discussion takes place outside the context of those who work with the agreement on a day-to-day basis.    Please join KEI for a timely discussion of the impact of the KORUS FTA and Korea’s prospective entry into the TPP with members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Korea.   This event will be on the record but recording devices are not permitted at the venue.
June 18, 2015
On June 11, KI hosted Dr. Georgy Toloraya, Director of the Center for Asian Strategy at the Russian Academy of Sciences wh discussed his thoughts on Russia’s foreign policy toward the two Koreas and its priorities for a peaceful Korean peninsula in the future.  Please click here to view the paper | Video of the program can be viewed below Background Greater focus has been placed on the North Korea-Russia relationship as both countries find themselves isolated from their neighbors. The attention would have been even greater if Kim Jong-un would have attended Russia’s World War II celebration as initially rumored. Regardless, Russia is continuing to reach out to both Koreas. Potential projects for greater engagement, especially with railways and pipelines, are ways Russia hopes to improve its position internationally while also fostering better inter-Korean relations in order to prevent a potential crisis that could negatively affect Russian interests on the Korean Peninsula.  
June 11, 2015
With President Park Geun-hye's decision to postpone the June 2015 summit meeting to address the current spread of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in South Korea, the June 10th discussion will looked at the situation arising from MERS in South Korea, the future of the alliance, and the prospects for the rescheduled summit meeting.
June 10, 2015
On Tuesday, June 9, KEI sponsored a Six Party Talks Simulation for the students of University of Southern California.
June 9, 2015
On Monday, July 8 Korea Club hosted a meeting featuring Joseph Kim who gave a presentation entitled “From Starvation in North Korea to Salvation in America".
June 8, 2015
On Wednesday, June 3, KEI will sponsor a Six Party Talks Simulation for students at Stanford University.
June 3, 2015
On Thursday, May 28, KEI will sponsor a Six Party Talks Simulation for the Asan Fellows.
May 28, 2015
On May 21, KEI and Mannam at UCSD IR/PS will host a panel on the topic of Humanitarian Assistance in North Korea, discussing the current situation in North Korea and the working conditions for various UN humanitarian programs involved in the DPRK. The topic will include discussions on difficulties in monitoring and limitations in data collection in North Korea.
May 21, 2015
On May 20, 2015 KEI conducted a Six Party Talks simulation with graduate students in the UCSD IR/PS program.
May 20, 2015
While Korea was one of the last WTO members to conclude a free trade agreement (FTA), it has had one of the most aggressive free trade policies of any country. In less than a decade, Korea has concluded FTAs with the United States (KORUS FTA), the European Union, and most recently China. At the same time, Korea is taking part in the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership negotiations and has expressed an interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).. 
May 18, 2015
The Database Center for North Korean Human Rights and the Korea Economic Institute of America Present:   Human Rights and North Korea's Overseas Laborers: Dilemmas and Policy Challenges   Tuesday | May 12, 2015 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm KEI Conference Facility     For more than 70 years, the North Korean state has been exporting its laborers overseas in an effort to secure ample amounts of foreign currency for its nuclear and missile development programs. As a result, thousands of North Korean laborers work excessive hours, in dangerous conditions, and only receive a fraction of their legal salaries. Therefore it is imperative that this issue is brought to the attention of the international community in order to bring more light to the issue by providing new facts and professional analysis.     With this goal in mind, the Database Center for North Korean Human Rights (NKDB) and the Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) are co-hosting a conference on the human rights conditions of North Korean laborers. NKDB researchers, KEI staff and other prominent North Korean and human rights specialists will gather together for presentation and discussion of the severe labor rights and basic human rights violations faced by North Korean laborers overseas. Additional information will be provided by a North Korean defector, who worked for about 2 years overseas, and will share his witness testimony with the audience. 
May 12, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22 the Korea Economic Institute of America and Johns Hopkins University will co-host a career panel at Levering Hall on Johns Hopkins University's Baltimore Campus.  The career panel is part of KEI's University Programs. To learn more about KEI's University Programs, please click here.
April 22, 2015
On Wednesday, April 22, KEI sponsored a Six Party Talks Simulation for students at Johns Hopkins University. During the simulation students act as lead negotiators for one of the six countries involved in the North Korea nuclear negotiations (i.e., United States, Russia, South Korea, North Korea, China, and Japan). As government representatives, they are tasked to reach a comprehensive agreement for North Korea's denuclearization. With private information, resources, and their own wit, negotiators are out to win the best outcome for their respective governments. Students will learn about the issues involved in the Six Party Talks, nuclear diplomacy, and the difficulties of international negotiation, while having a great time through experiential learning.  To learn more about KEI's University Programs, please click here.
April 22, 2015