In 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Only those chosen for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.
On the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the 1994 US-DPRK Agreed Framework, the US-Korea Institute at SAIS invites you to join us in a special program to remember the 1994 North Korean nuclear crisis, which brought about this historic agreement, and discussion of policy options for the US, South Korea and Japan for dealing with North Korea’s nuclear and WMD programs now and in the future.
- Stephen Bosworth, Chairman, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, former KEDO Executive Director, US Ambassador to Republic of Korea
- Robert Gallucci, former Ambassador At-Large and Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs
- Sung-Joo Han,Chairman, International Policy Studies Institute of Korea (IPSIKOR), former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea
- James Laney, former US Ambassador to Republic of Korea
- Yukio Takeuchi, former Justice, Supreme Court of Japan, former Vice Foreign Minister, Japan
- Thomas Hubbard, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State and US Ambassador to the Republic of Korea
- Dan Poneman, former Senior Director for Non-Proliferation and Export Controls, National Security Council and Deputy Secretary of Energy
- Gary Samore, Executive Director, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, White House Coordinator for Arms Control and Weapons of Mass Destruction
- General Gary E. Luck, former Commander-in-Chief, United Nations Command (Korea)/Combined Forces Command/US Forces Korea
And moderated by Joel S. Wit, Senior Fellow, US-Korea Institute at SAIS, former Agreed Framework Coordinator
This program is free and open to the public and press. For more information to RSVP, visit here.
USKI Visiting Scholar Niv Farago‘s “How Washington Should Respond to ISIS in Iraq: The Iran Factor,” was published by the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. In this article, Farago analyzes US and Iranian interests and offers policy recommendations in advancing US strategy in Iraq.
Read the full article, “How Washington Should Respond to ISIS in Iraq: The Iran Factor.”