Bukchon Hanok Village with modern buildings in the background in Seoul, South Korea

Korea Program

Promoting multidisciplinary, social science-oriented research on policy-relevant Korean affairs

Who We Are

The Korea Program at Stanford’s Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center is a West Coast hub of scholarship on contemporary Korea and the issues shaping the future of the Korean Peninsula and U.S.-Korea relations. Our work examines these topics from regional and comparative perspectives through cultural, political, and economic lens. We train and support emerging Korea scholars and convene experts from academia, government, business, and civil society for dialogue, research, and publishing activities that inform policymakers in the United States and Korea and strengthen the bonds between the two countries.


In the Spotlight

South Koreans hold anti-Japanese rally In Seoul.

Gi-Wook Shin on the Role of Korean Nationalism in the Japan-South Korea Friction

It is time South Korea moved beyond its psychological complex toward Japan and recognized that ethnic nationalism is obsolete, writes Shin in an essay for Korean magazine Shindonga.
People walking at night in Myeongdong district of Seoul, South Korea

Providing a Framework for Understanding Korea’s Increasingly Diverse Migrants

A special section in the journal Asian Survey, coedited by Gi-Wook Shin and Rennie Moon, charts a course for understanding the human and social capital contributions of Korea’s migrants.
Elderly South Korean job seekers fill out job applications at an elderly persons' job fair

Stanford Asia-Pacific Innovation Conference Examines New Pathways for Aging Societies

Gi-Wook Shin and Yong Suk Lee are among the co-leads of a research project that explores the intersection of aging, technological development, and innovation in Korea and broader East Asia.
(Right to left): Gi-Wook Shin, ROK Ambassador to the US Cho Yoon-je, and Siegfried S. Hecker seated at a conference room at Stanford

Our Research

Together with academics and stakeholders in government and civil society, we explore Korean issues and policy solutions through economic, social, political, and security lens.

"Challenges and Opportunities in Korea"

"Challenges and Opportunities in Korea"

Recently at the Korea Program

Watch General Vincent Brooks, former commander of U.S. Forces Korea, delivering the keynote address at the 2019 Koret Workshop.

Hallym-Stanford Innovation Cnference Panel

Our Publications

We share our research findings through peer-reviewed journals, scholarly and trade presses, policy reports, and Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center’s publishing program.

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Throughout the academic year, we regularly host colloquia, conferences, seminars, and policy dialogues. Explore our upcoming events and sign up to receive our email updates.