THE KOREA SOCIETY

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Korea’s Regional Relations and Global Korea

State, Society, and Markets in North Korea

Friday, May 13, 2022 | 9:00 AM
Join us for this discussion on North Korea's evolving economy, state, and society with Dr. Andrew Yeo, the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies at The Brookings Institution and Professor of Politics, Catholic University of America. Yeo's new book, State, Society, and Markets in North Korea, examines the extent and limitations of reform and development under leader Kim Jong Un, arguing that, "situational factors will continue to complicate the country’s… Read More

US-Korea-China Relations

Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 12:00 PM
With strategic competition between the United States and China intensifying and a new South Korean President set to shift Seoul’s foreign policy preferences, join us for this discussion on US-Korea-China relations, featuring: Dr. Seong-Hyon Lee, Harvard University Fairbank Center visiting scholar and Former Director of Sejong Institute Center for Chinese Studies, Yun Sun, Senior Fellow and Co-Director of the East Asia Program and Director of the China Program at the… Read More

Korean Smart Power

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 | 7:00 PM
Join us for this discussion of Korean Smart Power, exploring opportunities and obstacles for Korea to leverage its cultural influence to advance its national interests, featuring Bernie Cho, President of DFSB Kollective, Jenna Gibson, PhD candidate at the University of Chicago, John Delury, Yonsei University Professor, and Victoria Kim, former LA Times correspondent, in discussion with Korea Society policy director Jonathan Corrado. In a wide ranging conversation spanning regions and… Read More
Join us for the second edition in our Global View series, a discussion with Yale University Elihu Professor of History Odd Arne Westad on the subject of his book Empire and Righteous Nation: 600 Years of China-Korea Relations, hosted jointly with the National Committee on American Foreign Policy (NCAFP). The discussion is moderated by Korea Society Board Chair Ambassador (ret.) Kathleen Stephens, and introductions are provided by NCAFP president and… Read More
The Korea Society is proud to announce Dr. Katrin Katz as the inaugural Van Fleet Nonresident Senior Fellow. Dr. Katz was the inaugural recipient of the Sherman Family Korea Emerging Scholar Award in 2017, and has served as an expert speaker for the Kim Koo Professional Series and Korea Society public policy programs. With a wealth of practical policy experience and academic knowledge, Dr. Katz helps the Society to set… Read More

Thinking Northeast Asia: The Year in Review

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 12:00 PM
Pacific Forum President Emeritus and WSD-Handa Chair in Peace Studies Ralph Cossa provides a media and member-friendly wrap-up of the year by way of politics and security on and around the Korean Peninsula, in conversation with policy director Jonathan Corrado. A member of the ASEAN Regional Forum’s Experts and Eminent Persons Group, Cossa reflects on wider regional trends as well, to include Korea’s dealing with China-US tensions and US-Korea cooperation… Read More

North Korea, Inc. and China

Thursday, September 9, 2021 | 12:00 PM
Harvard University Director of the Korea Project and Adjunct Lecturer John Park shares insights into recent North Korea developments and China’s interplay. Subsequent to the Moon-Biden summit and marking the anniversary of its mutual defense pact, the PRC and DPRK reaffirmed ties. Park, in conversation with Senior Director Stephen Noerper, sheds light on the implications for stability in Northeast Asia and implications for the US-ROK alliance. North Korea, Inc. and… Read More

Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World

Tuesday, June 15, 2021 | 9:00 AM
Former UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon discusses his new book Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World on its release, in conversation with Korea Society board chairwoman Ambassador Kathleen Stephens and with a welcome by Korea Society president and CEO Tom Byrne. This event is co-hosted with the Korea Economic Institute of America. Resolved: Uniting Nations in a Divided World Tuesday, June 15, 2021 I 9 AM The Korea Society… Read More
Join us for this discussion about the dynamics of U.S.-Japan-Korea trade relations and regional economic integration, featuring Asia Society Policy Institute Vice President Wendy Cutler, Waseda University Professor Emeritus and Economic Research Institute for East Asia and ASEAN Senior Research Advisor Shujiro Urata, and Korea Development Institute and Johns Hopkins University Professor Wonhyuk Lim. How can the three countries overcome obstacles to cooperate on shared challenges to achieve prosperity and… Read More
University of Missouri Assistant Professor and Institute for Korean Studies Co-Director Aram Hur, the 2021 Sherman Scholar award recipient, speaks on May 6 at 3 PM to Korea’s Changing National Story and Democratic Future. Hur addresses Korean nationalism, a “rapidly fragmenting and changing” national story, and the danger of democratic rollback. Senior director Stephen Noerper describes Hur’s selection and address as “incredibly important given the costs of such fragmentation in… Read More
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