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May 23rd, 2013

2nd Annual Korean Studies Program Prize for Writing in Korean Studies

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 spring, 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 »



May 16th, 2013

A premier program in Korean Studies

Since 2001, the Stanford Korean Studies Program has developed into a world-renowned center offering impactful programs addressing current, policy-relevant issues and events. Read more »



May 9th, 2013

Park Geun-hye makes first official U.S. visit

Shorenstein APARC News

South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited the United States this May for the first time since taking office in February. Stanford experts weigh in on the future of U.S.-Korea relations. Read more »



April 16th, 2013

Poet Jiha Kim emphasizes harmonized U.S.-Korea relationship

in the news: Korea Daily

Speaking at Stanford on April 12, South Korean poet Jiha Kim emphasized that Korea and the United States are destined to work together in harmony -- like the mountains and waters -- toward a new world.



Online Korean Studies high school lecture series begins

KSP, SPICE in the news: Dong-A Ilbo on April 15, 2013

Stanford's Korean Studies Program and SPICE have launched an unprecedented online lecture series on Korea for a group of high school students from around the country, who will take courses ranging from Korean history to pop culture.




April 11th, 2013

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow wins dissertation award

Shorenstein APARC Announcement

Shorenstein Postdoctoral Fellow Jaeeun Kim’s dissertation Colonial Migration and Transborder Membership Politics in Twentieth-Century Korea has won the American Sociological Association's Theda Skocpol Award in the area of comparative and historical sociology.



April 10th, 2013

Straub Joins Commonwealth Club "Town Hall" on North Korean Threats

David Straub, associate director of Korean Studies Program, joined Ploughshares Fund Executive Director Philip Yun on April 8 for a town hall discussion in San Francisco on the recent North Korean threats. The panel was held at the Commonwealth Club, the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum, and moderated by Gloria Duffy, the President and CEO of the Commonwealth Club. Read more »



April 4th, 2013

How real is the possibility of a North Korea conflict?

Shorenstein APARC News

Tension between Pyongyang and allies the United States and South Korea has mounted in recent weeks since North Korea's February nuclear test. Shorenstein APARC experts weigh in on the possibility of conflict. Read more »



March 8th, 2013

UN Security Council resolution on North Korea was a necessary but not sufficient condition

Q&A: Segye Times

In an interview with the South Korean daily newspaper Segye Times on March 7, David Straub said that the United Nations Security Council resolution on North Korea passed earlier in the day was a necessary but not sufficient condition to respond to North Korea's latest provocations. He urged alertness to possible conventional North Korean attacks on South Korea and said that the Obama administration would support efforts by the new South Korean government of President Park Geun-hye to engage North Korea diplomatically.




March 6th, 2013

David Straub does not foresee an easy tenure for President Park Geun-hye

KSP associate director David Straub joined a panel organized by The Korea Society on February 28 to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the new South Korean government of President Park Geun-hye.




March 5th, 2013

Report released on the North Korea problem and the necessity for South Korean leadership

Shorenstein APARC News

Shorenstein APARC recently released a policy report explaining why, of the new governments on and around the Korean Peninsula, only the South Korean government of President Park Geun-hye may have an opportunity to revive North Korea diplomacy. +PDF+
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February 12th, 2013

North Korea keeps its pledge to conduct nuclear test

CISAC, FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC News

North Korea keeps its pledge to conduct a third underground nuclear test. We ask our experts to weigh in on the detonation condemned by the White House as destabilizing. Read more »


North Korea conducts third nuclear test

Shorenstein APARC News

North Korea has conducted its third underground nuclear test. Shorenstein APARC Korea experts weigh in on the event, which is drawing criticism from Beijing to Washington, DC. Read more »



January 29th, 2013

Symposium on Northeast Asia security, Seoul

Shorenstein APARC Announcement

The security of Northeast Asia has important global implications beyond the region. The Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Yonhap News Agency co-sponsored a symposium in Seoul on Feb. 5 to address current security issues, looking also within the context of recent leadership changes. +PDF+ transcript, paper, presentation available
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January 25th, 2013

Stanford's David Straub on North Korean nuclear program

Shorenstein APARC News

The United Nations Security Council recently adopted a resolution in response to North Korea's December 2012 rocket launch. David Straub discusses the North Korean nuclear program, and Pyongyang's rhetoric against South Korea and the United States.




January 18th, 2013

Korea's new leadership should promote country abroad

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo on January 14, 2013

Korea's new presidential administration should embrace the opportunity to provide more foreign aid, and to raise the profile of Korean technology and culture abroad, said Gi-Wook Shin in a recent Dong-A Ilbo op-ed.




December 19th, 2012

South Korea to inaugurate first female president

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford Q&A

Park Geun-hye was sworn in as South Korea's president on Feb. 25, becoming the first woman to hold the position and the first top female leader of a Northeast Asian country. Read more »



December 4th, 2012

North Korea successfully launches long-range rocket

Shorenstein APARC News

North Korea successfully launched a long-range rocket on December 12, despite a UN ban and a North Korean announcement about possible technical issues. KSP associate director David Straub comments on the motives and larger implications of the launch.




November 15th, 2012

North Korea not a major U.S. focus

Shorenstein APARC Op-ed: Dong-A Ilbo on November 10, 2012

In a recent Dong-A Ilbo op-ed, Gi-Wook Shin says that North Korea is not a priority in current U.S. foreign policy.




October 29th, 2012

Former British ambassador on North Korea's citizens, reform and engagement

Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford Q&A

In the coverage of failed rocket launches and Kim Jong Un's new wife, North Korea's ordinary citizens are often overlooked. A new book by former British diplomat John Everard, delves into the daily life of North Koreans and examines the challenges of developing successful diplomatic relations with this isolated country. Everard spoke at Stanford on Oct. 26. Read more »



October 26th, 2012

1st Annual Korean Studies Writing Prize Awarded

Recent Stanford graduate Jane N. Kim (J.D. 2012) has won the 1st Annual Korean Studies Writing Prize for her paper titled "The Globalization of Korean Food." Read more »



September 17th, 2012

In-depth on life in North Korea

Shorenstein APARC News

John Everard spoke candidly with NK News about his experiences as UK ambassador to North Korea. In a related review, his new book, Only Beautiful, Please, is described as "a real commodity, offering an up to date snapshot of life on the ground."




August 1st, 2012

A major boost for Korean studies outreach education

Shorenstein APARC, KSP, SPICE News

Stanford’s Korean Studies Program (KSP) has recently been awarded with a major gift from Hana Financial Group and a grant from the Korea Foundation, which will provide a major boost to Stanford’s already strong K-12 outreach education offerings. KSP will collaborate closely with the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education on its outreach activities. Read more »



July 30th, 2012

American teachers get lesson in Korean studies at Stanford

FSI Stanford, Shorenstein APARC, KSP, SPICE News

Despite Korea's growing economic clout and important role in international security, little is taught about it in American schools. Educators from both countries are trying to change that. Read more »



July 27th, 2012

Secondary school educators come to Stanford to learn about Korea

Shorenstein APARC News

During the first annual Hana-Stanford Conference on Korea, co-sponsored by KSP and SPICE, nearly two dozen U.S. secondary school educators gathered at Stanford, July 23 to 25, to learn about Korea, from hangul (Korean alphabet) to daily life in North Korea. They returned home with new ideas and numerous resources for teaching about Korea.




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Q&A: Stanford's Emmerson on Obama's upcoming trip to Asia
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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.
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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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