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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

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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 its connection to nuclear security.
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APARC Summer Internships Open to Stanford Students

Stanford students interested in contemporary Korea: APARC is hiring paid research assistant interns for the duration of the summer 2022 quarter. Applications are due by March 1.
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The Secret to K-Pop, K-Drama Success

The Korean pop culture fanbase is all fired up, and for good reason, says APARC and Korea Program affiliated faculty Dafna Zur in an interview with Stanford News Service.
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.

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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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