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April 15th, 2014

3rd Annual Korean Studies Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies

Shorenstein APARC Announcement

The Korean Studies Program Prize for Writing in Korean studies recognizes and rewards outstanding examples of writing in an essay, term paper, or thesis produced during the current academic year in any discipline within the area of Korean Studies, broadly defined. This competition is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. The prize will be awarded at a special ceremony in the fall, and the winning essays will be published in the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs. The first place winner will receive a certificate, a copy of the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs, and $1,000; Honorable mention winner(s) will receive a certificate and a copy of the Stanford Journal of East Asian Affairs. Read more »



April 2nd, 2014

Realistic Approach to Attain ‘Unification Bonanza’

Shorenstein APARC News

South Korea’s president Park Geun-hye generated public attention through a recent statement that emphasized the benefits of Korean unification, saying it would bring a “bonanza” to the region and its partners. Shorenstein APARC director Gi-Wook Shin suggests “serious debate” and a “creative and feasible unification strategy” are necessary to move forward with that national goal. Read more »



March 25th, 2014

Trilateral summit to address the North Korea problem

In a March 22 interview with the Seoul Shinmun newspaper, KSP associate director David Straub discussed the U.S. role in bringing together South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Abe in a trilateral summit with President Obama to address the North Korea problem. Read more »



March 20th, 2014

Long-time aid worker evaluates disability policy in North Korea

Shorenstein APARC, CISAC News

Katharina Zellweger, visiting scholar at CISAC and former Pantech Fellow at Shorenstein APARC, produces a new working paper on disability policy in the DPKR, leveraging experiences from her 20-year career in humanitarian aid there. She attempts to provide an informed, balanced view of what it means to live with disabilities in a changing North Korea. +PDF+
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February 25th, 2014

Effectiveness of the balloon campaign is questioned

In an interview with Ars Technica about the visit to the Bay area of North Korean defectors, KSP associate director David Straub criticized their launching of propaganda-carrying balloons into North Korea as irresponsible in light of North Korean threats to retaliate by again attacking South Korea militarily. Although not included in the published interview, Straub prefaced his comments by noting that he "strongly agree[d] on the need to provide the North Korean people with as much information as possible about the outside world and their situation in it," but questioned the effectiveness of the balloon campaign compared to other, less provocative means.




February 13th, 2014

Korea needs a government policy to attract global talent

Op-ed: Korea Focus, February 2014; Dong-A Ilbo, December 2013

"The INSEAD's Global Talent Competitiveness Index ranked Korea 66th in the degree of openness to minorities and immigrants. Korea needs a government policy to attract high-quality human capital," says Gi-Wook Shin. Read more »



January 30th, 2014

Evolution of democracy in South Korea, Taiwan

In a new book, Gi-Wook Shin and Larry Diamond analyze the challenges and opportunities confronting the maturing democracies in South Korea and Taiwan. Much depends on the political leadership in those two countries rising above narrow interests to craft thoughtful and realistic public policies.




January 2nd, 2014

Challenges in 2014: peace and security issues in Northeast Asia

Shorenstein APARC News

In an interview with the Korean media, Gi-Wook Shin, director of Shorenstein APARC, and Kathleen Stephens, 2013-14 Koret Fellow, emphasize the increased role of the United States in peace and security issues in Northeast Asia, and suggest Park administration implement its "Peace Process" through humanitarian projects engaging North-South Korean cooperation.




December 20th, 2013

North Korea's strange, bloody mistake

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists on December 20, 2013

Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub analyze North Korea’s execution of Jang Song-taek and its implications on nuclear negotiation channels. They point out how Kim Jong Un’s leadership purge may prompt China to align more closely with the U.S. and South Korea on their likely push for heightened sanctions in the coming months.




December 19th, 2013

Elimination of Jang Song-taek contradicts usual narrative in North Korea

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed

In this op-ed, Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub discuss North Korea’s puzzling execution of Jang Song-taek and the social, economic, and political problems facing Kim Jong Un’s regime. They suggest that Jang’s execution may be an attempt to consolidate power and to shore-up support within the country. Shin and Straub point out that the revelations made to justify the purge and execution also act to delegitimize the regime by sending confused signals to the international community, in particular to China and South Korea over their recent economic engagement. They propose that the U.S., South Korea, and China may be able to use this as an opportunity to influence Kim and convince him to relinquish North Korea’s nuclear stockpile, among other goals. Read more »



December 13th, 2013

Reports of Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong Un’s uncle, execution may signal unstable regime in North Korea

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford News

Removal of Jang Song-thaek, North Korea's prominent figure and Kim Jong-un's uncle, may signal unstable regime lead by Kim, Shorenstein APARC experts weigh in. Read more »



December 10th, 2013

Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye hosts Stanford experts for regional peace and security dialogue

Shorenstein APARC News

President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye hosts experts from Shorenstein APARC at the Blue House for dialogue on peace and security issues in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia. Read more »



December 7th, 2013

Detention and release of Palo Alto retiree by North Korea prompts media interest – APARC scholars offer expertise

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford News

APARC's Daniel Sneider and David Straub closely followed the case of Merrill Newman, the Palo Alto grandfather detained and eventually released by North Korea. In several media interviews, the Korea experts offered their insights. Read more »



December 3rd, 2013

Balanced history education is essential to resolve "Northeast Asia paradox"

Gi-Wook Shin, director of Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, says "balanced history education is needed to resolve the 'Northeast Asia paradox,' a quandary highlighted by intense territorial disputes and conflicting historical perceptions despite close economic, cultural and social exchanges between the regional countries." Read more »



October 31st, 2013

The U.S.-ROK security alliance at 60 Years: looking back, looking forward

Shorenstein APARC News

1953 saw both the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement and a Mutual Defense Treaty between the United States and the Republic of Korea. The uneasy and incomplete peace, coupled with a formalized U.S.-ROK security alliance relationship, ushered in a new era on the Korean Peninsula. Read more »



October 28th, 2013

South Korea's leadership is important in Korea-China and Korea-U.S. relations

Shorenstein APARC News

Gi-Wook Shin, director of the Asia-Pacific Research Center, says that Korea-China and Korea-U.S. relations are important in dealing with North Korea issues, at a recent lecture organized by the San Francisco Chapter of the National Unification Advisory Council.




September 27th, 2013

2nd Annual Korean Studies Writing Prize Awarded

Shorenstein APARC News

Hajin Jun has won the 2nd Annual Korean Studies Writing Prize for her essay, "Render unto Caesar? Presbyterian Missionaries and the 1935 Shinto Shrine Controversy." Read more »



September 6th, 2013

Incoming Pantech Fellow Dr. Sunny Seong-hyon Lee to research on China-Korea relations in the post Kim Jong-il period

Shorenstein APARC News

The Korean Studies Program announces that Dr. Sunny Seong-hyon Lee, a long-time journalist based in Beijing, China, will be the program’s 2013–14 Pantech Fellow. Read more »



August 26th, 2013

Diversity is Essential to Innovation

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo

Korea should embrace diversity and multiculturalism in every sector of the society in order to achieve the "Creative Economy" that Park Geun-hye government promotes, says Professor Gi-Wook Shin in a Dong-A Ilbo op-ed.




August 7th, 2013

Kathleen Stephens, 2013–14 Koret Fellow, to join the Korean Studies Program

Shorenstein APARC News

Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, will join the Korean Studies Program (KSP) at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) as the program’s 2013–14 Koret Fellow. Read more »



July 25th, 2013

Sejong Korean Scholars Program honors U.S. high school students

Shorenstein APARC, KSP, SPICE News

During the second annual Hana-Stanford Conference on Korea for U.S. Secondary School Teachers, July 29-31, 2013, Sejong Korean Scholars Program (SKSP), a distance-learning program on Korea, will honor three high school students. 27 high school students representing ten states participated in the inaugural SKSP this year. The SKSP honorees will be presenting their research essays at the conference. Read more »



July 8th, 2013

Crumbled and languished health system in North Korea

in the news: The Irrawaddy on June 25, 2013

Quoted recently in The Irrawaddy, Katharina Zellweger describes North Korea's health system, "Overall, it's a stark contrast between Pyongyang which is the window to the world for North Korea and the rest of the country."




June 26th, 2013

PRC-ROK summit underscores shared interests and common concerns

CISAC, Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: The Financial Times (in Chinese language)

Shorenstein APARC experts comment that South Korean President Park Geun-hye's visit to China this week attests to the magnitude and importance of geostrategic changes in Northeast Asia. Read more »



June 10th, 2013

North and South Korea resume official talks

Shorenstein APARC News

After two years, North and South Korea have agreed to resume official meetings with one another. Gi-Wook Shin suggests that the North could also be interested in reopening dialogue with the United States.




June 6th, 2013

Stanford expert discusses Pyongyang special envoy to Beijing

Shorenstein APARC News

China is North Korea's most important ally, but relations between the two countries have appeared strained in recent months. David Straub spoke to Radio Free Asia about Pyongyang's decision to send a special envoy to Beijing in May.




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Global Insider: Resource-Hungry South Korea Turns to Green Diplomacy
In an email interview, Jae-Seung Lee, a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Korea Studies Program and a professor at Korea University, discussed South Korea's energy security. WPR: What is the breakdown of South Korea's energy consumption, ...
Mention of Jae-Seung Lee in World Politics Review (subscription required) on March 14, 2012

Former aid official says N. Korean children suffer from poor diet
Katharina Zellweger, who led the Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development in Pyongyang for five years until September, said North Korean children need a balanced diet, though the public rationing system has been very up and down.
Mention of Katharina Zellweger in Yonhap News on December 1, 2011

'Seductive' China to strain Seoul's US ties
"I think South Korea is already stuck in this strategic dilemma," said Shin Gi-wook, director of the Walter H Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. He foresees that the challenge Seoul faces in the coming years will remain ...
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As North Koreans struggle, the Party keeps its grip
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Mention of John Everard in New York Times on February 24, 2011

Q&A: Stanford's Emmerson on Obama's upcoming trip to Asia
Emmerson also will join three other Stanford scholars — Thomas Fingar, Daniel Sneider and David Straub — for a panel discussion on Obama's tour.
Mention of David Straub in Stanford Report on October 25, 2010

NK ruling class offspring wants to live a life of South Korean dramas
“South Korean culture has deeply infiltrated North Korea like a magic,” said John Everard, a former British Ambassador to North Korea.
Mention of John Everard in Korea Times on October 9, 2010

The Week that Changed the World: Nixon Goes to China and China in Today’s World
David Kang teaches international relations and business at USC and directs the Korean Studies Institute. Kang is author of China Rising: Peace, Power, ...
Mention of David Kang in US-China Institute on October 7, 2010

Inside North Korea: Talk by John Everard
... John Everard, former British Ambassador to North Korea, 2006-2008, brings extensive knowledge of North Korea, China and South America to Stanford.
Mention of John Everard in Stanford Report on October 6, 2010

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Mention of Peter Beck in Council on Foreign Relations on October 5, 2010

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