Stories Filed Under “North Korea”

Korea Studies Mini Conference: The Finale of the Class of 2016

On Monday, May 2, 2016, the Korea Studies program hosted a mini-conference showcasing several second-year students.

Korea Studies Faculty and Students

From left to right: Professor Kent Calder, Professor Eunjung Lim, David Jea, Emily Potosky, Joe Webster, Allen Wagner, Professor Taesoo Kang, and Professor Mi Tak.

38 North’s Featured Article

The U.S.- Korea Institute’s 38 North experts continue to watch nuclear test site in anticipation of a fifth nuclear test before North Korea party congress. For more information, check out the 38 North exclusive, “Sohae Satellite Launching Station: Activity at the Vertical Engine Test Stand” with analysis by Jack Liu and Joseph S. Bermudez, Jr.

2016 China-U.S. Young Leaders’ Dialogue

On April 20th and 21st the U.S. – Korea Institute hosted the China-U.S. Young Leaders in conjunction with the China Institute of International Studies. This two-day event included 20 young scholars from both China and the U.S. to discuss approaches to dealing with North Korea nuclear issues.






Joel Wit, Senior Fellow at USKI, publishes an op-ed article in Foreign Policy

On April 27, 2016, Joel Wit published the article, You Can Negotiate Anything – Even North Korea, in Foreign Policy.

Remembering Amb. Stephen Bosworth

Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, 1939-2016. (Photo: Kaveh Sardari/USKI)

Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, 1939-2016. (Photo: Kaveh Sardari/USKI)

Ambassador Stephen Warren Bosworth died of pancreatic cancer in his home in Boston on Monday, January 4, 2016.

Stephen Bosworth was a career American diplomat and was chairman of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and held an appointment as a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He was also served as the Payne Lecturer at the Freeman Spogli Institute at Stanford University in 2014.

Ambassador Bosworth served as Dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University from 2001-2013. His administration at Fletcher is credited with increasing the size of the Fletcher faculty and student body while securing the financial soundness of the school during a period of economic uncertainty. He oversaw the creation of new degree programs that have significantly expanded the scope of The Fletcher School’s teaching, research, and global outreach. During his tenure as Dean at the Fletcher School, Ambassador Bosworth also served President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as United States Special Representative for North Korea Policy from 2009 to 2011.

“Stephen Bosworth was among the best diplomats of his generation. A consummate professional and a student of history, he managed American foreign policy skillfully at critical junctures and left an indelible imprint on America’s policy toward Asia,” said Vali Nasr, dean of Johns Hopkins SAIS, “He was a transformational dean at the Fletcher School at Tufts University where he oversaw development of new programs. Insightful, kind and considerate, he was a great influence on friends and colleagues and generations of students who studied international affairs.”

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2014 SAIS U.S.-Korea Yearbook

Yearbook cover 2014The 2014 Edition of the SAIS U.S.-Korea Yearbook analyzes important developments in North and South Korea that characterized their relations in that year. Each paper was written by a SAIS student from the course, “Korea’s Economic Development,” offered in the 2014 fall semester. Their insights were based on extensive reading and study as well as on numerous interviews conducted with government officials, scholars, NGO workers, academics and private sector experts both in Washington and Seoul.

Student authors featured: Alin Horj, Ju Hyung Kim, Kendrick Kuo, Jagabanta Ningthoujam, Kyu Seok Shim, and Mario Vanella.

Read more and download the full report here: 2014 SAIS US-Korea Yearbook

Learn more about the Korea Studies Program at SAIS.

U.S. Policy Toward North Korea

The International Bar Association (North America), Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Defense Forum Foundation, North Korea Freedom Coalition, The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, and the Yonsei Center for Human Liberty and Freedom House present a conference to discuss the importance of making human rights a central pillar of U.S. policy toward North Korea.

U.S. Policy Toward North Korea:
The Case for Instituting a More Effective, Human Rights-Centric Approach

Justice Michael Kirby
Chair of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
*Reception from 5:30-7:00pm

Kenney Auditorium
Johns Hopkins SAIS
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

The conference will bring together decision-makers on Capitol Hill and in the Administration, as well as civil society, to discuss U.S. policy toward North Korea.  A keynote speech will be delivered by Justice Michael Kirby, who was appointed by UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon to chair the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea. (Please click HERE to read the Commission’s landmark report.)

Conference topics will include:
(1) the current human rights situation in North Korea,
(2) existing and proposed sanctions directed at the North Korean regime
(3) accountability measures for past and ongoing human rights violations in North Korea, and
(4) indigenous and cross-border activities aimed at advancing human rights in North Korea.

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Full agenda can be found HERE.



North Korea is a country of extremes. It is home to the longest running human rights disaster in modern times.  It also is among the world’s worst proliferators of weapons of mass destruction.  Further, it is a profoundly destabilizing force in the increasingly turbulent, but strategically vital East Asia region.  Has the decades long “security first” approach toward North Korea, which de-emphasized human rights concerns in the hopes of advancing security related goals, been successful?  Many have argued that a pivot to a more human rights-centric policy is not only a more principled approach to the North Korean challenge, but is a more effective one as well.  The regime’s extreme reactions to discussions about its human rights record, especially since February 2014 when the United Nations Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Korea issued its landmark report on human rights, suggests that focusing greater attention on human rights may be an important and under-exploited source of leverage.

Already, there is strong bi-partisan Congressional support to address more forcefully North Korea’s human rights record, as evidenced by proposed sanctions bills currently under consideration in the House and Senate. Given that less problematic countries, including Zimbabwe, Burma and until recently Cuba, are more heavily sanctioned than North Korea, might passage of tougher sanctions bring greater coherence to overall U.S. sanctions policy?

We look forward to seeing you on October 27 and to hearing diverse views on the most effective ways to address one of the most acute and longest running human rights crises of the last half century.