The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy was established in 2015 with the generous support of the Hyundai Motor Company and the Korea Foundation to provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and informing the public policy debate on the Korean peninsula in the United States and beyond.

The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy brings Korea to Washington through advanced research and programming that is rooted in history, informed by scholarship, and in touch with policy.

The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy works in close coordination with other Korea-related activities at the Wilson Center carried out by the Center's Asia Program, the Urban Sustainability Laboratory, History and Public Policy Program, and other programs.

The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy maintains productive and longstanding partnerships with the University of North Korean Studies and the Institute for Far Eastern Studies, both part of Kyungnam University, as well as with the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, Korean Institute for National Unification, Korean National Assembly, and The Syngman Rhee Institute of Yonsei University.