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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

 South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol waves a national flag during the celebration of the 77th National Liberation Day at Presidential House on August 15, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea.

The Path Ahead for South Korea's New President

President Yoon is facing domestic setbacks and plummeting popular support. To emerge out of the crisis, Yoon must demonstrate leadership as a politician, not as a prosecutor, writes Gi-Wook Shin in his monthly column.
Stanford campus archway and text about call for applications for APARC 2023-24 fellowships

APARC Invites Fall 2023 Asia Studies Fellowship Applications

Calling Korea researchers: we offer multiple postdoctoral and visiting positions with our new Next Asia Policy Lab led by Gi-Wook Shin and postdoctoral fellowships in contemporary Asia broadly defined.
3D mockup cover of APARC's volume 'South Korea's Democracy in Crisis'

New Book Examines the Threats to South Korea's Democracy

'South Korea's Democracy in Crisis' gathers scholars from the US and Korea to examine the roles of illiberalism, populism, and polarization in the country's democratic decline and the implications for Korean society.

Assessing South Korea's Democracy

Gi-Wook Shin and the Korea Program offer analysis and commentary on the threats to Korean democracy and its future

Recently at the Korea Program

The Politics of Gender Equality in South Korea | Young-Im Lee and Min Hee Go

The Politics of Gender Equality in South Korea | Young-Im Lee and Min Hee Go

Gender Equity in Higher Education: Korea's Experience in Global Context

Gender Equity in Higher Education: Korea's Experience in Global Context

'Hallyu' in North Korea: Can South Korean Popular Culture Bring about Real Change?

'Hallyu' in North Korea: Can South Korean Popular Culture Bring about Real Change?

(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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