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 22, 2014 KEI hosted Van Jackson  Council on Foreign Relations and Center for a New American Security, who examined North Korea’s drone and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) capacity while also providing his recommendations on how the United States and South Korea should appropriately respond to avoid an escalation of military conflict. Dr. Jackson, for the first time ever, presented his framework on how to deal with future drone provocations. Click here to download the paper. Please find below the video of the program:
October 22, 2014
With her Dresden Address and remarks on the potential benefits of unification on the Korean peninsula, President Park Geun-hye has transformed the discussion on Korean unification. If her vision of a prosperous Korean unification that benefits the people of North and South Korea is to be achieved, what steps should be taken by South Korea and the United States in the short and medium term to help achieve a peaceful unification? What are the potential challenges the United States and South Korea could face and how would unification impact the U.S.-Korea alliance? Please join KEI and Hanmi Club for an important discussion on the prospects for unification on the Korean peninsula and the role of the U.S.-Korea alliance.
October 20, 2014
While much of the attention on North Korea relates to its nuclear weapons program, the regime has a long record of human rights violations. In the fall of 2004, the United States Congress took up this issue with the intent of finding ways to improve the human rights situation in North Korea. The culmination of those efforts were the North Korea Human Rights Act, which was signed into law on October 18, 2004 by President George W. Bush. As the recent UN Commission of Inquiry report indicates, the issue of human rights in North Korea remains one of grave importance.  
October 17, 2014
In mid-October, KEI will visit the University of Dayton to host a University Program and Six Party Talks Simulation.
October 15, 2014
On October 9, KEI will host students from Syracuse University to participate in the Six Party Talks Simulatio.  To learn more about University Programs, please click here. 
October 9, 2014
On October 7, 2014 KEI hosted Dr. Yoon-shik Park, Professor of International Finance at George Washington University, who provided his recommendations on how to move Korea’s economy forward. Please click here to view the paper. Please view the video of the program below
October 7, 2014
On September 10, 2014 KEI hosted Dr. Daniel Pinkston of Crisis Group International to discuss South Korea's space program. Having transitioned from a developing to a developed economy and country, South Korea is now trying to enhance its space program. Despite North Korea putting a satellite into space first, South Korea already had one of its astronauts on board the International Space Station, and launched its own satellite into orbit a few weeks after North Korea. South Korea’s space program has some ambitious ideas, but the recent retirement of its remaining astronaut combined with budget concerns could place strains on upcoming plans. In looking at the future of space exploration, where exactly does Korea’s space program fit in? What advantages might Korea have as a relative newcomer to space? Does Korea’s space program hurt efforts to deter North Korea from developing its missile program? What direction should South Korea’s space program take as Asian nations increasingly look into exploring space?
September 10, 2014
On September 8, 2014 KEI hosted Lee Kye Woo of KDI School of Public Policy and Management to discuss he role of foreign aid in Korea’s economic development. Dr. Lee will presented his new paper, “The Role of Aid in Korea’s Development Process”, and discuss what type of aid contributed most to Korea’s high levels of economic growth, where the aid was allocated, how it was utilized, and what lessons can be drawn for developing countries and donors today.  Background Korea’s economic development is often cited as a model for other developing nations. One of about 60 countries whose per capita income was less than $300 in the 1960s, only Korea was able to attain a per capita income of more than $10,000 by 1995. Some scholars have pointed to education as the key. However, while education clearly played a significant role, Korea’s spending on education was not greater than that of other developing countries at the same level of per capita income from 1962-1994.    
September 8, 2014
On July 31, 2014 KEI hosted a discussion on North Korea's Economy. In an era of globalization, North Korea remains one of the most isolated economies in the world. While normally still functioning as a planned economy, Pyongyang has pledged in recent years that no North Korean will "have to tighten their belts again." Please view the video below
July 31, 2014
On July 28, KEI and CEIP co-hosted a conference titled "Nuclear Politics on the Korean Peninsula". Please view the video for Panel I here: Please view the video for Panel II here: The evolving security environment around the Korean Peninsula presents new challenges and opportunities for addressing the North Korean nuclear threat. What do South Koreans expect from Beijing after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent visit to Seoul? What do South Korean aspirations for full nuclear fuel cycle capabilities mean for dealing with North Korea and for the balance of power in the region? And what do these trends mean for the US-ROK alliance?  
July 28, 2014
On July 23, 2014 KEI hosted Dr. Yiagadeesen Samy, Associate Professor at Carleton University, who discussed his Academic Paper Series report on income inequality in South Korea.  HIs paper examines the historical patterns of this issue to present day while also analyzing the impact of Korea to address the issue of income inequality.  
July 23, 2014
  On July 22,  2014 KEI hosted a panel that examined the 2014 Economic Survey of Korea by the OECD and discussed the economic trends and policies important for Korea and the region.    
July 22, 2014
On June 25, 2014, Troy Stangarone spoke at the Academy of International Business' 2014 Annual Meeting on the lessons learned from the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and the future of FTAs.
June 25, 2014
The Korea Club will host its June meeting with Jérome Sauvage, Deputy Director of the UNDP Representation Office in Washington, D.C. who will give a a presentation entitled “Working with North Korea: Experiences and Perspectives".
June 24, 2014
On June 19, 2014 KEI hosted Adam Cathcart from the University of Leeds and SinoNK.com who discussed his Academic Paper Series report on what’s happening between China and North Korea along their border, within the SEZs, and China-North Korea relations after the purge of Jang Song-Taek. Please click here to view the paper by Adam Cathcart Please view the video of the program below
June 19, 2014
  After a four-year wait, and counting the days to the opening whistle of the 2014 FIFA World Cup being held in Brazil, and the excitement was palpable. Television cable packages were being upgraded and work schedules adjusted. With a 102” screen and HD coverage of the games, KEI decided to invite our friends to join us for a game. KEI and the Korea Foundation were pleased to host the viewing of the: South Korea vs. Russia Tuesday, June 17, 2014 5:30pm-8:30pm !
June 17, 2014
KEI will host a Six Party Talks simulation with University of Southern California. To learn more about University Programs, please click here.
June 16, 2014
KEI and the World Affairs Council of Austin will co-host the Future of Korea program in Austin, Texas. 
June 3, 2014
Please join KEI, Korea Southeast U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the World Affairs Council of Atlanta for an update on secuirty and economic ties between the U.S. and South Korea. Seating is limited. To RSVP, please click here. For any inquiries, please contact lb@keia.org
May 16, 2014
Join KEI and the Detroit Economic Club for the Ambassadors' Dialogue Program titled "Update on US-ROK Economic Relations". Seating is limited. RSVPs are required. To RSVP, please click here. For any inquiries, please contact lb@keia.org.
May 15, 2014
Please join KEI and The Korea Society for a discussion with American Ambassador Sung Kim and Republic of Korea Ambassador Ahn Ho-young as they address current Peninsular economic and security issues, as well as the state of U.S.-Korea relations. Seating is limited. RSVPs are required.  To RSVP, please click here.
May 13, 2014
Please join KEI and the Office of the Honorable Robert Menendez for a public program discussing issues related to the US-ROK alliance.  For any inquiries, please contact lb@keia.org. Seating is limited, Please click here to RSVP. 
May 12, 2014
The Korea Economic Institute of America (KEI) will host its 22nd annual Ambassadors’ Dialogue from May 11 to May 17, 2014 in New York City, Englewood (NJ), Detroit and Atlanta. 
May 11, 2014
The Obama administration’s efforts to rebalance U.S. policy toward Asia has drawn attention again after the lack of Asia substance in the State of the Union address and in debating the countries President Obama should visit on his trip to the region in April. However, the debate about the impact of the U.S. rebalance to Asia is also taking place in the region. Countries like South Korea are trying to decipher how this policy could impact bilateral relations with the United States and relations with neighbors.  Please view the video below:
May 8, 2014
Join Korea Club on Wednesday, May 7 to hear from Dr. Nicholas Eberstadt of AEI who will give a presentation titled “Is the DPRK A 'Special Case?' North Korean Economic Performance in International Perspective".
May 7, 2014