Stories Filed Under “South Korea”

Changing Security Environment and Geopolitical Dynamics of East Asia

Monday, Jul 28, 2014 – Changing Security Environment and Geopolitical Dynamics of East Asia

Film Screening: Fading Away

Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014 – Film Screening: Fading Away

Young Professionals Paper Series (YPPS)

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and the Sejong Society of Washington, DC are pleased to announce the inaugural publication of the Young Professionals Paper Series (YPPS). Launched under the Research Directorate of the Sejong Society, YPPS is an initiative designed to generate original policy literature by young professionals and graduate students on issues relating to the Korean peninsula. The program provided participants with the unique opportunity to be mentored by established Korea policy experts throughout the research and writing process, and to ultimately be published in cooperation with the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS.

To download the publication and learn more about YPPS, visit our Young Professionals Paper Series page.

East Sea/Sea of Japan Workshop

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS and the Society for East Sea present

A Workshop on the Naming
of East Sea/Sea of Japan

Thursday, June 12, 2014
9:00AM – 1:00 PM (lunch provided)
Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS and the Society for East Sea will hold a workshop in on the naming issue of East Sea/Sea of Japan. Since the early 1990’s, the name of the sea area between the Korean peninsula and the Japanese archipelago has been a cause of friction and debate. The workshop aims to engage in a constructive discussion on the naming issue.

 9:00-9:30 AM  Registration
9:30-10:30 AM  Session I: Paper presentations
10:45-12:00 PM  Session II: Panel discussion
12:00-1:00 PM  Luncheon

 Featuring the following speakers/discussants:

Nohyoung Park, President, The Society for East Sea
Jae H. Ku, Director, U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS
Eui-sang Yoo, Ambassador for Geographic Naming, Republic of Korea
Sungjae Choo, Vice President, The Society for East Sea
Joseph Stoltman, Professor, Western Michigan University
John Rennie Short, Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Alexis Dudden, Professor, University of Connecticut
Dennis Halpin, Former Professional Staff, U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
Jin-Hyun Kim, Chairman, World Peace Forum; Advisor, The Society for East Sea


Please RSVP to Sarabeth Craig ( by Tuesday, June 10

East Sea/Sea of Japan Workshop

Thursday, Jun 12, 2014 – East Sea/Sea of Japan Workshop

USKI Policy Brief: “Abe Plays the North Korea Card”

Ironically, given the current political tensions in the region, Abe could end up having his first bilateral East Asian
summit with none other than North Korea’s Kim Jong Un—neither of whom have yet been invited to Beijing, though for entirely different reasons. ~ Dennis P. Halpin


With the recent round of Japan-North Korea informal talks in China last weekend and reported hopes for another round of formal bilateral negotiations in the near future, Dennis P. Halpin examines the possible motivations driving this seeming rapprochement.

Download the USKI Policy Brief: “Abe Plays the North Korea Card,” by Dennis P. Halpin.

Dennis P. Halpin is currently a visiting scholar at the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He served as a Peace Corps volunteer in South Korea, U.S. consul in Pusan, and a House Foreign Affairs Committee staff member for over twelve years. 

Communications Internships

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is currently seeking 1-2 Communications interns. Tasks will include such activities as web content management/updates (multiple websites), social media management, media tracking, writing media advisories and event briefs, email newsletter management, event material preparation, and more.

A successful candidate should have superior writing and editing skills (in English), some copywriting experience a plus, with an eye for design, and should have some experience in the following programs: Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and Illustrator; WordPress (or other web content management systems); social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn (forums).

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 Only those chosen for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.