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Getting Beyond Politics: Creating Lasting Impact in North Korea

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 – Getting Beyond Politics: Creating Lasting Impact in North Korea

“The ABCs of North Korea’s SEZs,” by Andray Abrahamian

Cover of "The ABCs of North Korea's SEZs," by Andray AbrahamianIn recent years, North Korea has put greater emphasis on economic growth, resuming economic experimentation and putting in place new measures to try to attract foreign investment. More and more, Pyongyang seems to be placing its bets on developing Special Economic Zones (SEZs) to serve as the main engine of that desired growth. While an SEZ strategy is hardly new for the North, the establishment of new SEZ laws and specialized zone development plans seem to indicate a better understanding of what it takes to attract foreign investors.

In this new USKI Report, Andray Abrahamian, Executive Director of Choson Exchange, examines the political and economic drivers of North Korea’s SEZ development policy and its established zones, and spotlights SEZs with the greatest growth potential. Abrahamian also draws insight from site visits and discussions with North Korean officials, businesspersons and academics to further explore the limitations, challenges and opportunities for North Korea’s new and planned SEZs.

Download the USKI Report, “The ABCs of North Korea’s SEZs,” by Andray Abrahamian.

Seeking Program & Research Interns

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is seeking program and research interns for immediate hire and for the upcoming spring semester. Multiple positions are open, duties will vary. 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. Candidates with a background in security and Asia issues preferred for immediate open positions.

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, prioritize, 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.

The ABCs of North Korean SEZs

Wednesday, Nov 19, 2014 – The ABCs of North Korean SEZs

Upcoming Event: Bretton Woods @ 70

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS and Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee present:

Bretton Woods @ 70: Past, Present and Future

In today’s world, the idea of world leaders gathering in the midst of economic crisis has become all-too familiar. But the summit at Bretton Woods in 1944 was the only time countries from around the world have agreed to overhaul the structure of the international monetary system. And what’s more, they were successful, establishing the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction, which is today part of the World Bank. Some would argue that this was the closest to perfection the world’s economy has ever been, and contemplate if the demise of the Bretton Woods system is behind our present woes.

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS and Reinventing Bretton Woods Committee invite you to join us for a discussion of the history of the Bretton Woods summit, the role the Bretton Woods system plays today and how that role will evolve to address the growing multipolarization of the global economy.

James Boughton
Former Historian, International Monetary Fund
Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation

Harold James
Professor of History and International Affairs, Princeton University
Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation

Ed Conway
Economics Editor of Sky News and Author of The Summit

Mike Dooley
Professor of Economics, University of California-Santa Cruz
Partner, Drobny Global and Cabezon Investment Group
Research Associate, National Bureau of Economic Research

Moderated by Ousmene Mandeng
Managing Director, Global Institutional Relations Group, Pramerica Investment Management

with opening remarks by
Marc Uzan
Director, Reinventing Bretton woods Committee

This event is open to press and public. RSVP here

Bretton Woods @ 70: Past, Present and Future

Thursday, Oct 9, 2014 – Bretton Woods @ 70: Past, Present and Future

Korea Studies Luncheon with Wonho Kim

Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 – Korea Studies Luncheon with Wonho Kim