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3/7: A Russian Perspective on the Korean Peninsula

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS presents

A Russian Perspective on the Korean Peninsula

 Tuesday, March 7, 2017

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM
Bernstein Offit Building, Room 500
1717 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036

A discussion with Mr. Alexander Ilitchev. Given Russia’s historic relations with North Korea stretching several decades, there are a lot of speculations about how Russia will deal with recent provocations by North Korea. Mr. Ilitchev will share his analyses on how Moscow sees Pyongyang recently in the context of the new administration in the United States.

Watch a taping of this event

2/15: Direction of South Korea’s Foreign Policy: MOON Jae-In’s Strategy for Making a Better Alliance with the Trump Administration

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS presents

Direction of South Korea’s Foreign Policy:
MOON Jae-In’s Strategy for Making a Better
with the Trump Administration

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
SAIS Rome Auditorium
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) invites you to attend a discussion with Professor KIM Ki Jung, a policy advisor to Mr. MOON Jae-in, a leading candidate in the next presidential election in South Korea, on Mr. MOON’s strategy to strengthen the US-ROK Alliance with the Trump Administration.

For more information or to register for the event, click here.

2016 Young Researchers Symposium

     The U.S.- Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins SAIS

in partnership with

The Council on Asian Affairs present

The Young Researchers Symposium is an opportunity for early scholars to present their original research for review by distinguished experts and have it published.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
A light breakfast will be served  

Johns Hopkins SAIS, Bernstein Offit Building (BOB)

Fifth Floor, Room 500
1717 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20036

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Unfinished Apologies: Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves of Wartime Asia

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and Asia Policy Point present

Unfinished Apologies:

Imperial Japan’s Sex Slaves of Wartime Asia

March 1, 2016
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Kenney Auditorium
1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS and Asia Policy Point invite you to attend a discussion on the unexamined and unresolved history of Imperial Japan’s system of sex slavery in wartime Asia. The panels will provide an overview of how the system came to be and how it was managed, discuss new research on the non-Korean Comfort Women, and bring the legacy of the Comfort Women system into contemporary understandings of conflict resolution and violence against women in warfare settings.

Panel 1: Framing the Comfort Women History – Japanese Comfort Women and their Antecedents

  • Caroline Norma, lecturer in the Master of Translating and Interpreting degree in RMIT’s School of Global, Urban and Social Studies, Melbourne, Australia
  • Discussant: Katharine H.S. Moon, SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies and senior fellow at the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies

Panel 2: The Comfort Women of Japan’s Occupied Asia 

  • Griselda Molemans, Dutch researcher and investigative journalist, founder of the Task Force for Dutch Indies War Reparations (Dutch acronym: TFIR; Task Force Indisch Rechtsherstel)
  • Hilde Janssen, Dutch Journalist and author Schaamte en Onschuld[Shame and Innocent] and Troostmeisjes/Comfort Women
  • Peipei Qiu, Professor of Chinese and Japanese on the Louise Boyd Dale and Alfred Lichtenstein Chair, Vassar College
  • Evelina Galang, Professor of English, University of Miami
  • Caroline Norma, RMIT, Melbourne, Australia
  • Moderator: Yukiko Hanawa, Department of East Asian Studies, New York University

Keynote: Women in warfare, how far have we come?

  • Taina Bien-Aimé, Executive Director, Coalition Against Trafficking in Women

Book signing with authors:

 Please RSVP here:

The event will be webcast here.

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

Fall 2015 Program & Research Internships

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is seeking program and research interns for the 2015 fall semester. Multiple positions are open, duties will vary. Current areas of research include: North Korean 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.

USKI internships are unpaid and applicants must be able to commit to at least 4 days a week.


Interns generally are asked to work on a variety of tasks including research assistance, event attendance and reporting, logistical support for events and projects, and other activities as necessary. They may work with USKI staff and/or Visiting Scholars on various projects.


Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Strong interest in Korea and/or East Asia policy
  • Be at least a sophomore in college or higher; graduate students and post-grads are encouraged to apply
  • Strong writing and editing skills
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize assignments, meet deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Foreign language skills are a plus (but not necessary)

How to Apply

To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to Michelle Kae, Research Assistant at Please use the subject line, “Application: Program & Research Internship.”

Only those chosen for interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

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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