The Korea Club was formed in December 1996 as a new policy and discussion group in the Washington, DC area. The Korea Club, with financial and administrative support from the Korea Economic Institute and the U.S. Committee for North Korean Human Rights (HRNK), is comprised of individuals with an interest in Korea, drawn from government agencies, research institutes, universities, media organizations, and others. It provides an opportunity for participants to meet and network in a relaxed, informal, and off-the-record setting at Woo Lae Oak Korean Restaurant in Tysons Corner, Virginia. Participation in the Korea Club is open to all those who have an interest in Korea, as reflected in current or past professional work involving Korea-related political, economic, and social issues.
Recent programs have featured: The Honorable James Kelly, former Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs,. The Honorable Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. ambassador to South Korea; The Honorable Stephen Bosworth, Special Representative for North Korea Policy; The Honorable Robert R. King, Special Envoy for North Korea Human Rights Issues; Dr. John Park, Senior Research Associate and Director for Northeast Asia, Center for Conflict Analysis and Prevention, U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP); Dr. Meral Karasulu, Deputy Division Chief, Asia and Pacific Department, International Monetary Fund; Bruce Klingner, Senior Research Fellow for Northeast Asia, The Heritage Foundation; Christopher Nelson, The Nelson Report; The Venerable Pomnyun Sunim, The Peace Foundation; Dr. Andrei Lankov, Kookmin University; and Kim Kwang Jin, U.S. Committee for Human Rights in North Korea.
The Co-directors of Korea Club are:
- Jim Kelman (Co-founder of Korea Club; Meridian Center)
- Greg Scarlatoiu (Executive Director, HRNK)
- Sang Kim (Director of Public Affairs, KEI)