APARC - Korea Research

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Our Approach

The Korea Program conducts rigorous research on trends and challenges facing contemporary Korean society and culture, the future of the Korean Peninsula, and U.S.-Korea relations. Grounded in the social sciences, our work focuses on issues with major relevance to policymaking in the United States and Korea and considers these topics from regional and comparative perspectives.

Current Research Projects

Girl and Robot at the Kuromon Market in Osaka

Digital Technologies and the Labor Market

East Asia is a leader in adopting new technologies such as artificial intelligence and robotics, but their effect on labor is yet to be understood. Using a policy experiment and micro-level plant data, this project examines the firm-level responses to new technologies in South Korea’s manufacturing industry.
Indian students building a robot at a workshop of "Organising Indian and World Robot Olympiad," Kolkata 2016.

Education and Development in the Digital Economy

Today’s era of rapid digital transformation requires new models of education. Drawing on a comparative evaluation of educational systems in South Korea, China, Japan, and India, this collaborative research project proposes new directions in education critical for the next stages of economic progress.
Three men wearing Islamic clothing walk down a street in the Itaewon neighborhood in Seoul, South Korea.

Migration, Cultural Diversity, and Tolerance

This project investigates migration policies and diversity programs and policies of universities, corporations, and governments in Korea and greater Asia, evaluating their impact on innovation and creativity and stimulating much-needed conversation about the value and meaning of diversity in the region.
The Arch of Reunification in Pyongyang, North Korea.

Reengaging North Korea: Paths to Sustainable Involvement

The international community’s long-held aspiration for “complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization” of North Korea is highly unrealistic. This project examines the interests and policy environments of the Koreas and investigates ways to promote sustainable reengagement of the North.
Light Show in Beijing Shopping Plaza ("The Place" in Chaoyang District)

Stanford Asia-Pacific Innovation: Entrepreneurship in East Asia

This project examines practices and policies that promote innovation and entrepreneurship in East Asia. Looking at China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan, this multi-year effort focuses on three areas: business and finance, human capital and education, and technological development and demographics.
A foreign job seeker talks with two Chinese employers during a job fair for foreigners at the Beijing Talent Tower in March 2008 in Beijing, China.

Talent Flows and Socioeconomic Development in Asia

In today's knowledge economy, mobile talent contributes to the creation and diffusion of knowledge, and the ability to maintain and develop a talent pool is key to competing globally. This project examines high-level talent flows within and across the Asia-Pacific region and their potential policy implications.
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Do Research at the Korea Program

We offer multiple fellowship and training opportunities for students, scholars, and professionals.

    Policy Research and Outreach
  • Policy Research and Outreach
  • Completed Research Projects

Policy Research and Outreach

We convene conferences and workshops that bring together prominent Korea scholars with policymakers and other experts to explore current developments affecting the Korean Peninsula, the U.S.-Korea alliance, and a strategic vision for Northeast Asia. Our colloquium series afford members of the Stanford community and the general public the opportunity to engage with esteemed political figures and scholars.

View select Korea Program policy outreach highlights in recent years: 


British diplomat John Everard seated at a Korea Program roundtable, listening to a discussion.

Browse 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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