From L-R: Jean Lee, Michael Forster, Kyung Hoon Leem, Bumsoo Kim
From L-R: Jean Lee, Michael Forster, Kyung Hoon Leem, Bumsoo Kim (Photo by Minjeong Ko)

 

The Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy signed a Memorandum of Understanding on June 7, 2018 with the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, a research institute affiliated with Seoul National University in South Korea.

The MOU was signed by Michael Forster, chief operating officer of the Wilson Center, and Dr. Kyung Hoon Leem, director of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies. Also taking part in the signing ceremony were Jean H. Lee, director of the Center for Korean History and Public Policy, and Dr. Bumsoo Kim, deputy director for international affairs of the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies. Also attending the signing were Dr. Patrick McEachern, public policy fellow at the Wilson Center, and Dr. Taekyoon Kim, a Seoul National University professor who currently is a Fulbright mid-career research scholar at the Wilson Center. Upon signing, delegates from both parties confirmed that the MOU will provide opportunities for developing academic cooperation and promoting mutual understanding in areas of common interest in research and education.


From L-R: Jean Lee, Michael Forster, Kyung Hoon Leem, Bumsoo Kim (Photo by Minjeong Ko)

 

The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University was established in 2006 with the mission to accumulate knowledge and build capacity in areas related to reunification with North Korea. Envisioning peace studies as 21st-century, multidisciplinary discourse, the Institute concentrates on peace through inter-Korean reconciliation, ecological civilization, and the promotion of cultural and human rights. It actively hosts conferences and programs, and publishes the semi-annual, peer-reviewed journal Asian Journal of Peacebuilding.

The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy was established in 2015 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.


From L-R: Patrick McEachern, Kayla Orta, Jean Lee, Michael Forster, Kyung Hoon Leem, Bumsoo Kim, Bo Kyung Kim and Taekyoon Kim (Photo by Minjeong Ko)