South Korea News

'Comfort Women' Deal Is a Win-Win But Japan and Korea Must Do More

Jan 06, 2016
The strategic stakes are clear: facing both significant threats and enormous opportunities, Japan and Korea should seize this chance at a stronger bond.

Historic 'Comfort Women' Agreement Still Requires Action

Dec 29, 2015
Expectations are high in Seoul and Tokyo that Monday’s landmark agreement to resolve the “comfort women” issue will allow South Korea and Japan to restore and further bilateral relations. The agreement is significant for Korea in that it promises to provide the recognition and compensation victims have long sought.

Governance and Mobility in Northeast Asia, 1860-1945: Through the Lens of Korean Migrants

Dec 21, 2015
In continuation of our alumni interview series, we talked with Title VIII-supported Research Scholar Alyssa Park to hear her reflections on her fellowship. Dr. Park has a PhD in History from Columbia University and is Assistant Professor at the University of Iowa. She is currently working on a project that traces the migration of Koreans to the Russian Far East and Manchuria in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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Ship of Miracles: Korea 1950

Jun 30, 2015
In December of 1950, the crew of the SS Meredith Victory performed what the Guinness Book of World Records refers to as “the greatest rescue operation ever by a single ship.” One of the last surviving members of the crew, Admiral J. Robert Lunney, recounts the unlikely and amazing journey that ended when 14,000 refugees, and 5 babies born during the voyage, safely arrived on the island of Koje Do.

Wilson Center Announces New Center for Korean History and Public Policy

Jun 12, 2015
The Woodrow Wilson Center announces the establishment of a new Hyundai Motor–Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy. The Hyundai Motor-Korea Foundation Center for Korean History and Public Policy will provide a coherent, long-term platform for improving historical understanding of Korea and framing the public policy debate on the Korean Peninsula in the United States and beyond.

CfP: Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development, September 2015

Apr 15, 2015
Papers are now being solicited for "Northeast Asia during the Cold War: Security and Development," a conference to be held at Northeast Normal University, Changchun, China, in September 2015.

2016 Korea Foundation Junior Scholars Program

Apr 02, 2015
The Korea Foundation (Seoul) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Korea Foundation Junior Scholars program. The program offers the next-generation talents of Korea a chance to gain real-life work experiences at the world's leading research-policy institutes, including the Wilson Center.

The U.S. Energy Pivot: A New Era for Energy Security in Asia?

Apr 01, 2015
The past decade has brought ground-shaking changes to global energy markets. The unconventional fuel boom has unexpectedly reduced U.S. dependence on oil imports, while in the Asia-Pacific region, energy-constrained nations are increasingly reliant on foreign sources to meet their soaring demand. With the U.S. slated to export liquid natural gas (LNG) to Asia as early as 2017, a new energy era has come.
North Korean military officers watch a rally held at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea, to celebrate the launch of the Kwangmyongsong-3 satellite in this photo taken on Dec. 14, 2012. Photo by Jean H. Lee.

Jean H. Lee Joins the Wilson Center's NKIDP as a Public Policy Fellow

Jan 16, 2015
Veteran foreign correspondent Jean H. Lee has joined the Wilson Center's North Korea International Documentation Project as a public policy fellow.
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The U.S. Shale Gas Revolution: Consequences and Opportunities for Korea and Asia

Dec 11, 2014
This essay addresses the U.S. shale revolution, the consequences for Korea in the Asian regional context, and energy opportunities in the pending negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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