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Young Researchers Symposium


The U.S.-Korea Institute and the Council on Asian Affairs present its 2015

Young Researchers Symposium

Please join us for three student presentations centered around issues in Northeast Asia, followed by Q&A and light refreshments.

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

With a keynote address from
Eunjung Lim,  Lecturer, Korea Studies
Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

and presentations by
Brian Chao, University of Pennsylvania; Wikistrat Inc.
“This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land: Territorial Disputes and the Meanings of China”

Jonathan Corrado, Georgetown University; DailyNK
“North Korea: Pathways to Market Liberalization”

Caitlin Flessate, Korea Economic Institute
“Emerging into Sunlight: Changing Gender Concepts for Korean Women from 1880s – 1930s”

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Young Researchers Symposium

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 – Young Researchers Symposium

Solutions to Potential Challenges in a Unified Korean Peninsula: A Simulation

KASM, Sejong,  USKI 2

The U.S-Korea Institute at SAIS, the Sejong Society of Washington, DC , and the Korean American Sharing Movement (KASM) invite you to participate in a unique opportunity to engage with North Korean defector students. The students currently attend universities in South Korea and are visiting Washington, D.C. to participate in the 2015 Washington Leadership Program organized by KASM.

This simulation assumes reunification has already occurred on the Korean Peninsula. Sejong Society and KASM participants will be divided into five groups representing a specific issue within a unified Korean government: Education, Internal Security, Foreign Affairs, Economic Development, and Domestic Politics. Each group will be responsible for identifying various problems and challenges that a unified government might encounter, propose solutions, and present their final ideas to all participants. In the RSVP form below, please indicate your two preferred groups.

This event will allow participants to experience first-hand the unique challenges involved in building a new society through integration and careful planning, and to learn strategies for building consensus.We encourage innovative thinking in developing solutions to potential challenges in a post-reunification scenario.

Friday, July 10th
6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Room 500
Bernstein-Offit Building,
Johns Hopkins SAIS  

1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, D.C. 20003

Light dinner will be served 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

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Solutions to Potential Challenges in a Unified Korean Peninsula: A Simulation

Friday, Jul 10, 2015 – Solutions to Potential Challenges in a Unified Korean Peninsula: A Simulation

Open Source Research on North Korea: Challenges and Opportunities

SSDC US-Korea Institute at SAIS

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and the Sejong Society of Washington, D.C. present:

Open Source Research on North Korea: Challenges and Opportunities


Joseph S. Bermudez Jr.
Co-Founder and Chief Analytics Officer
AllSource Analysis, Inc.

Michael Madden
Author and Editor
North Korea Leadership Watch

Curtis Melvin
U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS, Johns Hopkins

Moderated by:
Jenny Town
Assistant Director, USKI
Managing Editor and Producer, 38North

The persistent lack of reliable information on North Korea poses unique and significant challenges for policymakers, researchers, academics, and businesses who have an interest in understanding North Korea. With limits on the integrity and diversity of information coming out of the country, we are often driven to make decisions under conditions of information asymmetry and false perceptions, or sometimes fail to make a decision at all because no information is available. This challenge has not only affected our decision-making with regards to North Korea’s nuclear program and human rights issues, but has also hindered us from gaining a strategic understanding of the country’s leadership, politics, and economy.

Over the past decade, however, the advent of new technologies and methods has opened new opportunities to mitigate this information gap through open source research. Several analytical websites on North Korea have also begun to provide an open forum for disseminating and discussing the research and information. This type of open source information has often become the foundation for further research, analysis, and policy decisions, and therefore merits further discussion.

 On June 3, Joseph S. Bermudez Jr., Michael Madden, and Curtis Melvin will share their experience conducting research and analysis on North Korea and will offer perspectives on enhancing open source research on the reclusive country.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

*Light dinner provided at 6:00pm, event will start 6:30pm

Room 500
Bernstein-Offit Building (BOB)
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1717 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, D.C., 20036

This event is on the record.

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Joseph S. Bermudez Jr. is an internationally recognized analyst, award winning author and lecturer on North Korean defense and intelligence affairs and ballistic missile development in the Third World. He is Chief Analytics Officer and co-founder of AllSource Analysis, Inc. and has served as: senior all-source analyst for DigitalGlobe’s Analysis Center; senior analyst, consultant and author for IHS Jane’s (formerly the Jane’s Information Group); the publisher and editor of KPA Journal; author and consultant for the US-Korea Institute at SAIS’s 38North and other related positions. Mr. Bermudez has consulted and lectured extensively in academic and government environments and worked as a consultant, both in the US and overseas. He has also testified before the United Nations and U.S. Congress as a subject matter expert concerning North Korea’s ballistic missile and nuclear, chemical and biological warfare programs, and the use of satellite imagery to monitor North Korean political prisoner camps.

Michael Madden is the author and editor of the website NK Leadership Watch, and is a Leadership Specialist at NK News Pro. NK Leadership Watch focuses on North Korea’s leadership and political culture and the political and military organizations and institutions under the leadership’s direct and indirect control including the Korean Worker’s Party (KWP), the National Defense Commission (NDC), and the North Korean government.

Curtis Melvin is the author and editor of North Korean Economy Watch since 2006 and is a researcher at the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS, Johns Hopkins University and a contributor to 38 North. Among other numerous research and analysis on North Korea, Curtis is a chief contributor to 38 North’s Digital Atlas, the most comprehensive satellite mapping project of North Korea. Curtis received his BBA in Economics from the University of Georgia and his MA in Economics from George Mason University. He is a doctoral candidate in Economics at George Mason University.

Open Source Research on North Korea: Challenges and Opportunities

Wednesday, Jun 3, 2015 – Open Source Research on North Korea: Challenges and Opportunities

Defector Empowerment in South Korea: Implications for North Korea’s Future

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The U.S.-Korea institute at SAIS, North Korea Strategy Center, and the Sejong Society of Washington, D.C. are pleased to present “Defector empowerment in South Korea: Implications for North Korea’s future.”   Please join us for a discussion with North Korean defectors and activists Cheol Hwan Kang, Se Jun Park and Eunju Kim to talk about some of the programs and projects the defector community has undertaken, and how they hope to affect the future of the DPRK.



Cheol Hwan Kang| Executive Director, North Korea Strategy Center; Former political prisoner in North Korea; Author, “Aquariums of Pyongyang”

Eunju Kim| North Korean defector; Author, “An Eleven Year Old’s Will”

  Se Jun Park| President of Woorihana; Former North Korean doctor

Wednesday, March 4
6:00 – 8:00 PM
(Refreshments provided)
Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Please RSVP here.

*This event will be webcast HERE.