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Korea's Presidential Election: Forecast and Impact Analysis


In advance of the Republic of Korea 2022 presidential election, the eighth since Korea’s democratization, The Korea Society invites experts in Seoul for a live webcast discussion with a forecast and impact analysis. Michelle Ye Hee Lee, Seoul/Tokyo bureau chief for The Washington PostKarl Friedhoff, Marshall M. Bouton Fellow for Asian Studies at The Chicago Council, Jeongmin Kim, Lead Correspondent at NK News and NK Pro, and Dr. Katrin Katz, Korea Society’s Van Fleet Nonresident Senior Fellow, join policy director Jonathan Corrado to discuss the implications of the vote for Korea, the U.S.-ROK Alliance and relationship, inter-Korean relations, and coordination on North Korea policy.

This program is made possible by the generous support from the Korea Foundation.



Korea's Presidential Election: Forecast and Impact Analysis

Monday, March 7, 2022 | 8 AM (EST)

The Korea Society
350 Madison Avenue, 24th Floor
New York, NY 10017



About the Speaker:


Michelle Ye Hee Lee is The Washington Post's Seoul/Tokyo bureau chief, covering Japan and the Koreas. She is based in Tokyo. Previously, she covered money and influence in politics and voting access on the national political enterprise and accountability team and was a reporter for The Post's Fact Checker. Prior to joining The Post in 2014, she was a government accountability reporter at the Arizona Republic in Phoenix. She is serving her second term as the president of the Asian American Journalists Association, a non-profit founded in 1981 with more than 2,000 journalists across the U.S. and in Asia.


Karl Friedhoff is a fellow in public opinion and Asia policy at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Prior to his work at the Council, he was a Korea Foundation-Mansfield Foundation US-Korea Nexus Scholar and a member of the Mansfield Foundation’s Trilateral Working Group. Friedhoff was previously based in Seoul where he was a program officer in the Public Opinion Studies Program at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others, and he has been a frequent guest on both TV and radio to discuss US foreign policy in Asia, South Korea’s politics, and international relations in East Asia. Friedhoff earned his BA in political science at Wittenberg University and an MA in international commerce at Seoul National University.


Jeongmin Kim is a Lead Correspondent at NK News and NK PRO, based in Seoul. She covers inter-Korean issues, as well as DPRK-related foreign affairs, defense and humanitarian developments. As a press corps member for the National Assembly, Democratic Party, and People Power Party, Kim has closely followed the 2022 ROK Presidential election news. Prior to joining NK News, she worked for Reuters Seoul bureau and CSIS Korea Chair in Washington D.C. Her writings on both Koreas appeared on Foreign Policy, Asia Society, and the National Interest, and has been a regular guest on TV and radio to discuss North Korea. Kim earned a BA in Asian Studies at Underwood International College (UIC), Yonsei University, and is currently pursuing MA in political science at Seoul National University.


Dr. Katrin Fraser Katz, is The Korea Society's inaugural Van Fleet Nonresident Senior Fellow. Dr. Katz is a former director for Japan, Korea, and oceanic affairs on the staff of the National Security Council, where she served from 2007 to 2008. Previously, she was a special assistant to the assistant secretary for international organization affairs at the U.S. Department of State and an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency. She currently also serves as an Adjunct Fellow (Non-resident) in the Office of the Korea Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC. She was previously an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Columbia University and has also taught at Georgetown University. In 2017, Dr. Katz received the inaugural Sherman Family Korea Emerging Scholar Lecture Series award from The Korea Society. Dr. Katz’s research, which has been supported by grants from the Korea Foundation and the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy, explores the interplay of cooperation and conflict in East Asia’s political, economic, and security dynamics. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Northwestern University; a master’s degree in East Asian and international security studies from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she was awarded the John C. Perry Scholarship for East Asian Studies; and a bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in international relations and Japanese from the University of Pennsylvania.