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

Now Accepting Applications for 2020-21 Postdoctoral Fellowship on Korea

We invite recent PhDs in a subject related to Korea to apply for KF-APARC Korea Program Postdoctoral Fellowship. The application deadline for the 2020-21 academic year is January 20, 2020.

Japan and South Korea on the Brink: The Conflict between the Two U.S. Allies

A recent conference sheds light into the underlying reasons for the escalating tensions over diplomatic relations and trade issues between Japan and South Korea, and also examines the role of US.
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It is time South Korea moved beyond its psychological complex toward Japan and recognized that ethnic nationalism is obsolete, writes Shin in an essay for Korean magazine Shindonga.
(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.

Japan and South Korea on the Brink: Escalating Friction Amidst an Uncertain World

Japan and South Korea on the Brink: Escalating Friction Amidst an Uncertain World

Recently at the Korea Program

Watch experts in the international affairs of Japan, South Korea, and the United States discussing the escalating conflict between the two U.S. allies.

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.