The U.S.-Korea Institute (USKI) at SAIS is part of an extensive program launched in 2006 to make the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University, a hub of Korea-related activities in the Washington, DC area, and to increase information and understanding of Korea and Korean affairs.

First chaired by Don Oberdorfer, former Washington Post correspondent and author of The Two Koreas, and now chaired by Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, former Dean of the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy, USKI works to engage those interested in the Korean peninsula on a variety of levels.

USKI’s efforts combine innovative research with a repertoire of outreach activities and events that encourage the broadest possible debate and dialogue among scholars, policymakers, students, NGO and business leaders, and all those with an interest in the Korean peninsula

USKI sponsors the Korea Studies Program at SAIS – a Master’s level concentration in Korean policy studies – to help inspire and prepare young professionals for careers in Korean affairs. In just a few years, this concentration has become the second largest regional concentration for Master’s students at SAIS and continues to grow each year.

USKI support comes from the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP), Carnegie Corporation, the MacArthur Foundation, and private Korean and American donors. USKI takes no stands on political or policy issues, but seeks to encourage the broadest possible dialogue about the Korean peninsula. For more information, visit