Stories Filed Under “Northeast Asia”

China and North Korea: Strategic and Policy Perspectives from a Changing China

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015 – China and North Korea: Strategic and Policy Perspectives from a Changing China

Myanmar in a Regional Context

Monday, Sep 28, 2015 – Myanmar in a Regional Context

Changing Politics and Economy in North Korea

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Recent developments on the Korean peninsula, including last month’s “25 August Agreement,” provide a new window of opportunity for North-South cooperation. What are the political and economic dynamics in North Korea that made this agreement possible? What policy options exist for the United States in response to these new developments?

Please join the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and the Institute for Peace and Unification Studies at Seoul National University for a discussion on changing politics and economy in North Korea, and a look at the future of the Korean peninsula.

September 25, 2015
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

Keynote Speakers:

Amb. Joseph DETRANI, President, Intelligence and National Security Alliance
Dr. Young-Kwan YOON, Professor, Seoul National University; Former Foreign Minister, Korea

Session I: Kim Jong Un’s Leadership and North Korea’s External Policy

Moderator:     Dr. Myoung-Kyu PARK, Director, Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University, Korea
Speakers: Dr. Byung-Yeon KIM, Deputy Director, Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University, Korea
Dr. Philo KIM, Professor, Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University, Korea
Discussants: Bradley BABSON, Chairman, DPRK Economic Forum, U.S.-Korea Institute, SAIS
Alexandre MANSOUROV, Adjunct Professor, SAIS

Session II: U.S. Policy Towards the Korean Peninsula

Moderator:   Joel WIT,  Senior Fellow, U.S.-Korea Institute, SAIS
Speakers:   Frank JANNUZI,  President,  Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Dan BLUMENTHAL, Director, Asian Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Discussants: Amb. Joseph DETRANI, President, Intelligence and National Security Alliance
Dr. Young-Kwan YOON, Professor, Seoul National University; Former Foreign Minister, Korea

Full agenda here: 9.25 Agenda-Final

Please RSVP here by September 23.  Event will also be webcast HERE

Film Screening: The Last Tear

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and Fading Away LLC present

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Saturday, August 15, 2015

The United States Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20004

The U.S.-Korea Institute and Fading Away LLC invite you to the debut film screening of Director Christopher H.K. Lee’s latest documentary, “The Last Tear.” The screening will be followed by Q&A with the producer and a reception.

1:00 Opening remarks
1:15  Film screening
2:15  Q&A with director
2:45  Reception

The screening is free and open to the public. Please RSVP here.

About the film:


TheLastTear_poster_Navy02Sexual violence against women has accompanied almost every large-scale conflict, yet most of its victims are silenced. One such sad episode is that of the “comfort women,” or more accurately, the estimated 200,000 women who were recruited to sexually serve the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. As part of this immense system, many young women from all over Japan’s occupied territories in Asia were forced into service where they faced rape, torture and extreme violence at military camps, euphemistically termed “comfort stations.”

Since the early 1990s, the testimonies of these women shocked the world, and were eventually taken up as a serious human rights issue by the United Nations, a host of governments, and numerous independent NGOs. Taking a different approach, we aimed to listen to and gauge the true feelings of some of the few remaining survivors, believing that the sea of mass media and politics is largely drowning their voices out. We sought to hear their true wishes.

As part of our Fading Away documentary series, we hoped to give a voice to these women and search for a form of healing. We traveled thousands of miles to visit the historical locations and met with the some of few remaining survivors. Along the way, we became witnesses to the scars left on their bodies and souls.  Our journey brought us to Japan, Korea, China and Taipei to meet with several experts, museums and NGOs. Our team gained great insight on this controversial issue that is still widely unknown to the rest of the world.

Now into their 80s and 90s, these women are becoming weaker day by day and we believe that such traces of painful memories and tragic stories may never be healed. But by remembering them and embracing them, we will provide a step towards their ultimate closure.

Our film’s purpose is to share the emotions of the past and to connect our generations in a more personal and humanistic way. Through understanding the faults of the past, we allow them to never be erased, and prevent them from happening again.

Movie website: The Last Tear

About the director:

Christopher H.K. Lee is an award-winning filmmaker/writer/publisher and media artist. He has over 27 years of multi-cultural and diverse industry experience in the fields of architecture, interactive media, visual effects and animations as a director/producer and over ten years of lecturing experience at colleges in both South Korea and the U.S.  Mr. Lee has produced many feature and short films, including several others that raise awareness of Korean history, culture and current affairs titled “I am Grace,” “Rescued by Fate,” and “Fading Away.”


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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”

Please RSVP here

Young Researchers Symposium

Thursday, Jul 30, 2015 – Young Researchers Symposium

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

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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.

Please RSVP here: