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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

Yoon Seok-Youl

What Korea’s 2022 Presidential Election Means for Its Democracy

The 2022 South Korean presidential election is critical for the future of a deeply divided and highly politicized Korea, where democratic backsliding is an undeniable reality, writes Program Director Gi-Wook Shin.
The book 'The North Korean Conundrum' with a bookshelf background

New Book: The North Korean Conundrum

In this new volume from APARC, edited by Gi-Wook Shin and Robert R. King, experts shine a spotlight on the North Korean human rights crisis and explain why addressing it is vital to nuclear security.
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Predoctoral Fellowship and Summer Internships for Stanford Students

Stanford students interested in contemporary Korea: we invite your applications for APARC's summer 2022 research assistant positions, 2022-23 predoctoral fellowship, and Diversity Grant.
Climate Change: Challenges and Responses in Korea | Young Sook Yoo, Suh-Yong Chung, So-Min Cheong

Climate Change: Challenges and Responses in Korea | Young Sook Yoo, Suh-Yong Chung, So-Min Cheong

Recently at the Korea Program

As part of Shorenstein APARC's webinar series on climate change in Asia, a panel of experts discussed the climate change challenges facing Korea and the country's mitigation efforts and policy responses.

(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.

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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