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Communications Internships

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is currently seeking 1-2 Communications interns. Tasks will include such activities as web content management/updates (multiple websites), social media management, media tracking, writing media advisories and event briefs, email newsletter management, event material preparation, and more.

A successful candidate should have superior writing and editing skills (in English), some copywriting experience a plus, with an eye for design, and should have some experience in the following programs: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator; WordPress (or other web content management systems); social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (forums).

USKI internships are unpaid and interns are expected to work at least 4 days a week.

To apply, please email cover letter, resume and short writing sample to Jenny Town, Assistant Director at jtown2@jhu.edu. Only those chosen for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

Summer Program & Research Internships

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is currently seeking program and research interns. Multiple positions are open and duties will vary. Some current areas of research include: North Korea political, economic, and social development, North Korean WMD issues, US-ROK nuclear cooperation, US-ROK cooperation in Southeast Asia, US-ROK cooperation nuclear security, US foreign policy to both Koreas, energy security cooperation in Northeast Asia, ROK renewable energy policies, and more.

Interns generally are asked to do a variety of tasks including research assistance, event attendance and reporting, logistical support for events and projects, and other things as necessary. They may work with USKI staff and/or Visiting Scholars on various projects.

Successful candidates should have an interest in Korea and/or East Asia policy and be at least a sophomore in college or higher; graduate students and post-grads are encouraged to apply. Foreign language skills are a plus, but not necessary. Strong writing and editing skillls are preferred. Must be able to multitask, prioitize, meet deadlines, and work well both independently and in small groups.

USKI internships are unpaid and interns are expected to work at least 4 days a week.

To apply, please email cover letter, resume and short writing sample to Jenny Town, Assistant Director at jtown2@jhu.edu. Only those chosen for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

“Honoring Six Decades of Service: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice”

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS proudly invites you to a Congressional event on July 25, 2013 to honor Korean War veterans for their brave service to America in defense of South Korea and to commemorate 60 years of U.S.-ROK Alliance on this milestone anniversary of the Korean War Armistice.

Keynote speakers include Congressman Charles Rangel (D-NY), who served in the 503rd Field Artillery Battalion in the U.S. Army and Congressman Howard Coble (R-NC), who served in the U.S. Coast Guard during the Korean War.

Other featured guest speakers:

  • Former Senator John Warner (R-VA), who served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War
  • General Walter Sharp, former commander of U.S. Combined Forces Command & U.S. Forces Korea, U.S. Army
  • Ray Kapaun, newphew of Father Emil J. Kapaun, a U.S. Army chaplain who died as a POW in the Korean War and a posthumous recipient of the Medal of Honor
  • Steven S. Lee, U.S. Navy commander who was the first Korean American graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to command at sea (former commander of the USS Gonzalez)

Time: 1:30-3:30pm, Thursday, July 25, 2013
Location: Capitol Visitor Center, Room HVC-201

To RSVP for this event, click here.

* Please note that the proceedings will begin promptly at 1:30pm; early arrival is suggested. Photo ID will be required for building entry. Refreshments will be provided. Directions to the Capitol Visitor Center can be found at http://visitthecapitol.gov/plan-visit/getting-the-capitol.

Honoring Six Decades of Service: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

Thursday, Jul 25, 2013 – Honoring Six Decades of Service: Commemorating the 60th Anniversary of the Korean War Armistice

Obama Letter Contradicts State Department’s North Korean Terrorism Timeline

“The recently released 2012 Country Report on Terrorism repeats the U.S. State Department’s assertion, “The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is not known to have sponsored any terrorist acts since the bombing of a Korean Airlines flight in 1987.” Perhaps the report’s drafters should have checked with the President before they made this indefensible claim. In 2005, then-Senator Barack Obama expressed a decidedly different view of Pyongyang’s terrorist activities.” ~ Dennis P. Halpin

In response to the recently released 2012 Country Report on Terrorism, Dennis P. Halpin, former House Foreign Relations Committee staff member and current Visiting Scholar at the US-Korea Institute at SAIS, challenges the report’s characterization of North Korea’s record on terrorism and the sponsorship of terrorism. In this policy brief, Halpin offers eight examples that could be construed as contradictory to the report’s findings, including a high-profile case endorsed by President Obama himself (then Illinois Senator) as recently as 2005.

Download USKI Policy Brief “Obama Letter Contradicts State Department’s North Korean Terrorism Timeline” by Dennis P. Halpin.

Dennis P. Halpin is currently a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea, U.S. consul in Pusan, and a House Foreign Affairs Committee staff member for over twelve years. 

The Long Road Ahead for Obama

USKI’s Joel Wit and Jenny Town published an article on ForeignPolicy.com discussing what the successful North Korean rocket launch means for US foreign policy towards the DPRK. The Obama administration now faces the choice of how his record on North Korea will be remembered: a hard problem more or less contained or a rogue state armed with dozens of nuclear weapons well on its way to threatening the US. Obama’s second term is a second chance to tackle this important foreign policy issue. Is he up to the challenge?

Read the articleLaunch This” at ForeignPolicy.com.

Joel Wit is a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and founder of its North Korea website, 38 North. Jenny Town is a research associate at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies and editor of 38 North.

North Korea Conducts Rocket Engine Tests at Sohae, A 38 North Exclusive

While the North Koreans may have refrained from conducting a nuclear test and subsequent missile tests after their failed rocket launch in April 2012,  recent satellite imagery shows that the North is still continuing development of their missile development and the launch pad at the Sohae Satellite Launching Station (Tongchang-ri). USKI’s 38 North was the first to report on these developments, analyzing imagery from DigitalGlobe. According to 38 North analysts, the North has conducted liquid-fueled rocket engine tests at the Sohae facility as recently as September, and has continuing improvements to the Sohae launch pad. Full analysis and satellite imagery can be found here: http://38north.org/2012/11/sohae111212/.

Just after Barack Obama was re-elected to a second term as President of the United States and just a month before a hotly contested presidential race in South Korea, the developments at Sohae have reminded both candidates of why North Korea policy coordination in these new adminstrations is important and of the potential for provocations at the outset of the two Presidents’ terms.

See CNN coverage of the 38 North article here: http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/world/2012/11/14/clancy-nkorea-rocket-test.cnn.