The US-Korea Institute at SAIS invites you to join us for the DC book launch for the revised edition of The Two Koreas: A Contemporary History. Korea uber-analyst and author Robert Carlin discusses the re-release of what many consider the foremost book on modern Korea, Don Oberdorfer’s The Two Koreas. Carlin wrote the updated foreward, bringing this arresting publication, loved by university students, business leaders and public alike, to a new generation of readers. Carlin will discuss the changes on the Korean Peninsula since the publication’s initial release, the publication’s continued relevance, and his labor of love saluting Van Fleet awardee and famed journalist Obderdorfer.
Book signing and reception to follow discussion. Copies of the book will be available for purchase from Politics & Prose. This event is free and open to the public.
Thursday, December 12, 2013
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Bernstein-Offit Building, Room 500
1717 Massachusetts Ave, NW
PLEASE RSVP HERE.
On Friday, October 11, the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies will feature a seminar by Dr. Il-Houng Lee, President of the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy (KIEP) and G20 Sherpa for the Republic of Korea, from 9:30 -11:30am at the Rome Auditorium at SAIS (1619 Massachusetts Ave NW). Dr. Lee will discuss the role of income inequality in economic growth, a subject he spoke on at G20 Summit meetings in Russia earlier this year.
Dr. Lee’s talk is part of a week-long series of talks at SAIS, hosted by SAIS Dean Vali Nasr, covering key G20 issues. This event is free and open to public. To RSVP, please visit http://il-houng-lee.eventbrite.com/.
USKI’s 38 North and Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) have launched new resources on the history of KEDO to help increase public understanding of what this project was and what it accomplished.
When the South Korean fast ferry Hankyoreh sailed out of North Korean waters into the cold wind and waves of the East Sea on the morning of 8 January 2006, it carried a sad and somber group of South Korean workers, ROK officials, and personnel from the Korean Peninsula Energy Development Organization (KEDO). These were all that remained of a decade long multinational effort transforming what in 1994 had been only a paper notion into a modern construction complex of steel and concrete. KEDO’s profile on the North Korean landscape was unmistakable, its impact on Pyongyang profound. Yet, real knowledge and understanding about the organization in public and official circles in South Korea, Japan, and the United States was terribly thin at the beginning, and remains so to this day. ~ A History of KEDO 1994-2006
In conjunction with the release of CISAC’s new book, A History of KEDO 1994-2006–an oral history project meant to preserve what remains of the living memory about KEDO, of the thinking that went into setting up the organization, the efforts to coordinate plans and translate them to realities on the ground in North Korea, and the struggle to maintain a sense of sanity while KEDO was pushed and pummeled into disintegration–USKI’s 38 North launches a new video: “Reflections on KEDO.” In this video, Joel Wit (38 North founder and Visiting Scholar at the US-Korea Institute at SAIS), hosts a conversation with Ambassador Stephen Bosworth (former US Special Representative for North Korea Policy and current Dean of The Fletcher School at Tufts University) and Robert Carlin (CISAC Visiting Scholar), about their experiences with KEDO. All three were involved with KEDO at different times in its ten year history and provide insights into what it was like on the ground building this multilateral organization. They discuss some of the major challenges in dealing with the North Koreans, as well as the cultural learning curve faced by KEDO’s multicultural staff. From the perspective of direct experience, they examine both KEDO’s accomplishments and the opportunities missed by the organization’s abrupt termination. In the final segment, Ambassador Bosworth also reflects on the Obama administration’s North Korea policy and provides his views on how to improve relations with the North in the future.
My personal conclusion was they [North Koreans] were very serious about what they were doing—the enterprise that we were involved in. This was not something just being done for show. For them, it was not just KEDO and the Agreed Framework and light water reactors, but it was clear for many of them this was important because it was setting a series of precedents for how North Korea could begin to engage with rest of the world in a more direct and active fashion. ~ Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, “Reflections on KEDO,” a 38 North interview
Find the 38 North video here.
As part of our Working Paper Series on the Nuclear Security Summit, Mark Fitzpatrick and Jasper Pandza (International Institute for Strategic Studies) discuss the purpose and progress of the NSS process and possible ways to maintain the momentum built by the process post 2012 in Seoul and 2014 in the Netherlands.
Download “Maintaining High-Level Focus on Nuclear Security.”
For related presentations and papers, check out our Nuclear Security Summit program page.
The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is pleased to release the first report in a three-part series by Dr. Jean Aden, examining South Korea’s ODA future.
Having accomplished one of the most successful economic transformations of the twentieth century, transitioning from a major aid recipient to major aid provider within fifty years, Korea has recent firsthand development knowledge and experience to share with others who are in the process of development, and is keen to develop its position as a donor and member of the international donor community, commensurate with the size of its economy. Despite having only recently joined the DAC, the OECD’s choice to locate the 4th High Level Forum for Development Effectiveness (HLF-4) in Busan in November 2011 is an indicator of Korea’s potential to help shape the strategic agenda, while expanding its own development commitments. read more …