Who We Are
The Korea Economic Institute (KEI) is an educational and research-oriented public policy organization that promotes active communication and understanding between the governments, academic institutions and policy communities of the United States and the Republic of Korea.
KEI’s mission is to broaden and deepen understanding among American and Koreans about the U.S.-Korea alliance, the value of the two countries’ bilateral relationship, and the issues the two countries face.
Although the name focuses on economics, KEI’s work covers all aspects of the U.S. - Korea relationship from national security to domestic politics, from trade to scientific exchanges, from regional economic cooperation to nuclear security. In addition, with South Korea’s increasing international prominence, KEI is now broadening its coverage to examine and document the country's growing footprint and influence across the globe. Finally, with the Korean-American community growing in influence across the U.S., KEI is also working with this increasingly important community that will no doubt play an important role in shaping the future of the bilateral ties.
KEI's audience is the world! KEI reaches the global community through policy forums, commissioned research, national conferences, academic programs, social media outreach, podcasting, video programs, and other forms of web-based communication. Being in Washington, DC, KEI sponsor numerous programs in the DC metropolitan area, but also promotes outreach activities across the United States and Canada with universities and civic groups like the regional World Affairs Council and the Chambers of Commerce.
KEI does not lobby and it is not a government institute. It seeks to be an objective, non-partisan outlet that provides a wide range of opinions on issues. However, KEI is affiliated with the Korea Institute of International Economic Policy (KIEP), a South Korean think-tank which does receive funding from the government of the Republic of Korea.
For inquiry, please contact KEI at: Info@keia.org