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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

Cover of the book 'Shifting Gears in Innovation Policy' on the background of an embossed map of Asia.

New Book: Shifting Gears in Innovation Policy

Yong Suk Lee explains that while ‘catch-up’ strategies have been effective in promoting traditional economic growth in Asia, innovative policy tools that foster entrepreneurship will be needed to maintain competitiveness in the future.
Cover of the book 'Being in North Korea' by Andray Abrahamian on a blurred background of a road, a cropped scene from the cover image

New Book Provides Unique View into Life in North Korea

In 'Being in North Korea,' Andray Abrahamian paints a realistic picture of North Koreans as individuals and how their country is, and isn’t, changing.
President Moon Jae In of South Korea during his inauguration proceedings.

Democracy in South Korea is Crumbling from Within

South Korea is following global trends as it slides toward a “democratic depression," warns APARC's Gi-Wook Shin in the 'Journal of Democracy.'
(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.

Are South Korean Liberals Truly Liberal?

Are South Korean Liberals Truly Liberal?

Recently at the Korea Program

Byongjin Ahn and Aram Hur join APARC and Korea Program Director Gi-Wook Shin to discuss the current tone and potential trajectory of liberal nationalism in South Korea and its effects on the country's democratic institutions and international priorities.

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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