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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.

May 23rd, 2013

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


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.

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'Seductive' China to strain Seoul's US ties
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As North Koreans struggle, the Party keeps its grip
"The gap between the elite and the rest of the country has probably never been wider," said John Everard, a former British ambassador to North Korea who is now a fellow at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford. But at the same time, ...
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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
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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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