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The 2016 Presidential Election: Seoul’s Views on the Transition in Washington

The election of Donald Trump as the next U.S. president poses policy issues to South Korea in the areas of the free trade regime and defense cost-sharing. Seoul and Washington will have to tackle these key issues based on the perceived national interests and the common spirit of the alliance. At the same time, how to deal with the nuclearizing North Korea presents an urgent policy challenge to both allies.

Global Fellow Jean Lee featured in US News and World Report

SEOUL, South Korea – A religious cult. A shadowy, shamanistic leader holding sway over the nation's top ruler. Allegations of corruption, influence peddling and political royalty pulling strings to line their pockets.

Beyond Caricatures: Writing about North Korea

In this era of information overload, one country remains an enigma, with its leadership maintaining a Stalinist hold over the flow of information: North Korea.

Fellow Atsuhito Isozaki Analyzes the Kim Jong-Un Administration

In an article for Lianhe Zaobao, Singapore's largest Chinese-language newspaper, Wilson Center Fellow Atsuhito Isozaki analyzes the trends of the Kim Jong-Un regime, comparing it to the former administration. While his father had close relatives, advisors, and even his former Japanese sushi chef, all of whom would recount the extent of his absolute power and ruling style, no similar witnesses have emerged to recount Kim Jong-Un's exercise of power. Therefore we misread the administration more often.

Program Intern (Modern Korean History)

Spring Semester Application Deadline is 6 November 2016

OFF-SITE EVENT - A Peninsula Divided: North Korea and Security in East Asia

An off-site discussion hosted by the The Pacific Council. For any questions and to register, please contact them directly.

KINU Director, Dr. Choi Jinwook on Inter-Korean Relations

On July 26th, the Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy hosted Dr. Choi Jinwook, President of the Korea Institute for National Unification (KINU) for a closed-door roundtable discussion on the current state and near-term prospects for inter-Korean relations.

OFFSITE EVENT - "Ode to My Father" Film Screening at the Ohio State University

This is an off-site event not taking place at the Wilson Center, for further details please contact the Ohio State University's Institute for Korean Studies directly.

2016 Wilson Center-PeaceCorea Conference: The Future of US and ROK Policy toward North Korea

Please join the Wilson Center’s Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy and Peace Corea, Seoul, for a timely discussion on U.S. and ROK policies toward North Korea. Panels will assess the policies of the current U.S. and ROK governments toward North Korea, and provide recommendations for the next administrations. 

Session 1: Korean and U.S. Governments policies toward North Korea

The US Needs to Negotiate with North Korea

Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. For years we have applied industrial-strength unilateral and multilateral sanctions in an attempt to force North Korea to denuclearize. We have also urged China — North Korea’s neighbor and largest trading partner — to use its unique leverage to halt Kim Jong Un’s provocations, which also threaten China.