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Don OberdorferWe are deeply saddened at the passing of our Chairman Emeritus and good friend Don Oberdorfer.

Our deepest sympathies to Laura and the Oberdorfer family.

In the words of our Director, Jae Ku:

“Don’s understanding of Korea was unparalleled. He not only understood but had internalized Korea’s geostrategic predicament and the Korean people’s sentiments. His deep knowledge of Korea came from his own eyewitness accounts of modern Korean development. Simply put, Don was Korea’s best friend.”

We will miss Don dearly, but his legacy and wisdom will live on.

Washington Post: Don Oberdorfer, longtime diplomatic correspondent for The Post, dies at 84

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East Sea/Sea of Japan Workshop

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

Thursday, July 9, 2015
9:00AM – 1:00 PM
1619 Massachusetts Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20036

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS and the Society for East Sea will hold a workshop 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.

 Featuring the following speakers/discussants:

CHOO Sungjae, President, The Society for East Sea
PARK Nohyoung, Honorary President, The Society for East Sea
Joseph S
TOLTMAN, Professor, Western Michigan University
Albert PARK, Professor, Claremont McKenna College
Charles NORCHI, Professor, University of Maine
Dennis HALPIN, Former Senior Professional Staff, U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs
John SHORT, Professor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County
KIM Young-Hoon, Professor, Korea National University of Education
Norman CHERKIS, Five Oceans Consultants
RYU Yeon-Taek, Professor, Chungbuk National University
KIM Young Won, Visiting Professor, Seoul National University
YOO Euy-sang, Ambassador-at-Large for Geographic Naming, South Korea

 

*This event is invitation only.

Seeking Program and Research Interns

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is seeking program and research interns for immediate hire and for the summer. 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.

Responsibilities

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.

Qualifications

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 mkae1@jhu.edu. Please use the subject line, “Application: Program & Research Internship.”

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

Seeking Communications Interns

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS is currently seeking 1-2 communications interns for immediate hire and for the summer to help with a variety of marketing, public relations and social media development initiatives.

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

Responsibilities

Communications interns will be responsible for various tasks, including (but not limited to) the following: managing and updating web content for multiple websites and social media platforms, tracking media coverage for institute activities/projects, creating event briefs, managing email newsletters, and preparing event materials.

Qualifications

Successful candidates will have the following qualifications:

  • Superior writing and editing skills – copywriting experience a plus
  • Ability to multitask, prioritize assignments, and meet deadlines
  • Experience with content management programs (WordPress or other web editing/management platform)
  • Experience in some design programs (Adobe Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Social media savviness (including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn)

How to Apply

To apply, please email cover letter, resume, and short writing sample to Michelle Kae, Research Assistant at mkae1@jhu.edu. Please use the subject line, “Application: Communications Internship.”

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

Seeking Bilingual Intern

The US-Korea Institute at SAIS has an immediate opening for 1 bilingual (Korean/English) intern. The intern will be responsible for translation/interpretation, appointment setting, research assistance, issue briefing, and overall professional support for a visiting researcher. This is a full time, unpaid internship. If interested, please send cover letter and resume to Jenny Town, USKI Assistant Director, at jtown2@jhu.edu.

Report Release: “Cell Phones in North Korea” Now Available in Korean

The U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and Voice of America announces the Korean translation of, “Cell Phones in North Korea: Has North Korea Entered the Telecommunications Revolution?” by Yonho Kim.

존스홉킨스국제대학원한미연구소 (U.S.-Korea Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University) 와 ‘미국의소리’ 방송 (Voice of America)이공동후원한 연구보고서“북한의휴대전화이용실태: 북한의통신혁명은시작됐는가?” (김연호 저)의 한국어판이 발간되었다.

이 보고서는 북한의 휴대전화 사용증가와 시사점을 분석하기 위해 다음과 같은 질문을 던진다.  북한 휴대전화 사용자들은 누구인가? 단말기 보급 및 요금 책정은 어떻게 이루어지는가? 북한주민의 휴대전화 사용실태는 어떠한가? 휴대전화 보급이 가져온 사회경제적 영향은 무엇인가?

또한 저자는 북한 공식 이동통신회사 고려링크의 사업구조를 소개하고 이집트 이동통신사인 오라스콤의 수익성 및 사업지속성과의 관련성을분석한다.

이보고서는 “북한의휴대전화 이용실태북한의통신혁명은시작됐는가?” 에서 다운로드 할 수 있다.

The original English version is available here.