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 »
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 »
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 »
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.
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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.
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 »
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.
Challenges in 2014: peace and security issues in Northeast AsiaShorenstein 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.
North Korea's strange, bloody mistakeShorenstein 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.
- » Op-ed: Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists (12/20/2013)
- » Revised and re-published in East Asia Forum (2/12/2014)
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 »
Reports of Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong Un’s uncle, execution may signal unstable regime in North KoreaShorenstein 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 »
Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye hosts Stanford experts for regional peace and security dialogueShorenstein 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 »
Detention and release of Palo Alto retiree by North Korea prompts media interest – APARC scholars offer expertiseShorenstein 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 »
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 »
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 »
South Korea's leadership is important in Korea-China and Korea-U.S. relationsShorenstein 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.
- » Korea Daily (in Korean language, October 28, 2013)
- » The Korea Times (in Korean language, October 27, 2013)
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 »
Incoming Pantech Fellow Dr. Sunny Seong-hyon Lee to research on China-Korea relations in the post Kim Jong-il periodShorenstein 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 »
Diversity is Essential to InnovationShorenstein 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.
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 »
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 »
Crumbled and languished health system in North Koreain 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."
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 »
North and South Korea resume official talksShorenstein 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.
Stanford expert discusses Pyongyang special envoy to BeijingShorenstein 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.