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Innovation and Knowledge Industrialization in Catch-up/Post Catch-up Korea: The Current Situation and the Challenges for the Future

January 10, 2018

Keun Lee, winner of the 2014 Schumpeter Prize and a professor of economics at Seoul National University, will explore the Schumpeterian hypothesis that the effectiveness of the national innovation...

Globalization, Innovation, and Culture in Korea

April 22, 2016

The 8th Annual Koret WorkshopSouth Korea has become an economic powerhouse, but faces multiple challenges.

Vetting Candidates in Korean Elections: Traditional Media and the Rise of Social Media

May 16, 2014

South Korea ranks second globally in smart phone ownership, and among larger countries its Internet penetration rate ties Germany for second place.

The ABCD Framework of K-Strategy: The Secret to Korea's Success

May 7, 2014

Economists and business scholars have long tried to construct theoretical models that can explain economic growth and development in emerging economies, but Western models have not always been...

Journalism and Democracy in Korea: The First Year Presidential Jinx

May 2, 2014

South Korean voters have chosen six presidents since the country’s democratization in 1987.

Dealing with North Korea's Nuclear Ambitions – A New Approach Needed?

February 21, 2014

This is a keynote speech open to the public during the Sixth Annual Koret Conference on "Engaging North Korea: Projects, Challenges, and Prospects." The North Korean nuclear threat has now been...

Asian Way of Disruption: Samsung and Psy

June 11, 2013

From his journalistic point of view, Jaekwon Son will discuss competitiveness and weaknesses of Samsung and Psy that have recently made top news stories.

The Politics of Peace and Security in Northeast Asia: Lessons from Anti-Base Protests on Jeju Island

January 22, 2013

Why do government policymakers and peace activists often come to radically different conclusions on issues pertaining to peace and security?

Memory and National Identity in North Korean Cultural Production

November 2, 2012

This conference will bring together scholars of North Korea who will debate various aspects of North Korean culture from historical, comparative, and multidisciplinary perspectives.  The prominence...


May 18, 2012

More than two decades after the cold war ended elsewhere, it continues undiminished on the Korean Peninsula.

Government Responses to Financial Crises: Identifying Patterns and Policy Origins

October 14, 2011

Ha will examine how economic and political responses alter according to the types of financial crises -- currency crisis, banking crisis, and sovereign debt crisis -- encountered and how domestic...

Imperial Korea’s Western Capital (Sŏgyŏng): The Pyongyang Development Project, 1902-08

May 6, 2011

Except for specialists working on the period, the Korean Empire's (1897–1910) project to develop Pyongyang as the "Western Capital" (Sŏgyŏng) is not all that well known even among Korea historians....

Truth and Reconciliation in South Korea

January 28, 2011

Northeast Asian countries share a tumultuous history from the last century.

Democratic Politics and Labor Activism in Korea

November 12, 2010

Professor Lee will examine why South Korean labor unions have engaged in militant activism since the country's transition to democracy in 1987.

The Korean War After 60 Years: History and Memory in Korea and the United States

May 28, 2010

In commemorating the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, Korean Studies Program is hosting a special lecture by Professor Bruce Cumings of University of Chicago.

Citizens through Schools: Perspectives on State Making in Early 20th Century Korea

May 7, 2010

As one of the core features of modern states, universal schooling provided a tool with which to disseminate the skills and knowledge demanded by the new era of industrialization and interstate...

In the Service of His Korean Majesty: William Nelson Lovatt, the Pusan Customs, and Sino-Korean Relations, 1876-1888

April 15, 2010

When discussing Korea's "Chinese Decade," roughly defined as the dozen or so years prior to the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895, most of the attention is focused on the heavy-handed activities of...

Koreans as Japanese Soldiers: Reflections on Inclusionary Racism in WWII

April 9, 2010

Professor Fujitani’s presentation will be drawn from his forthcoming book, Race for Empire: Koreans as Japanese and Japanese as Americans in WWII.

The Challenge of Democratic Consolidation and De-legitimization Politics in South Korea

March 5, 2010

Can anyone say that South Korean society and politics have become "transformed" since the 1987 democratic opening and transition?

Green Growth Policy in Korea: Its Leading Role in Addressing Climate Change

February 19, 2010

Since President Lee Myung-bak introduced the "Green Growth" policy in 2008, Korea has actively advocated it in every aspect of the society as a new engine of growth.

The Cleanest Race: How the North Korean See Themselves and Why it Matters

February 12, 2010

Brian Myers will talk about his new book The Cleanest Race: How the North Korean See Themselves and Why it Matters (January 2010).

Beginning with Children: Reflections on UNICEF's Work in North Korea

January 8, 2010

UNICEF immunizes children, provides nutritional supplements and essential medicines, promotes better child care practices, provides access to safe water, promotes hygiene and sanitation practices...

Does North Korea Have a National Security Strategy?

October 30, 2009

Over the years, Kim Jong Il has pursued four inter-related goals that together might be considered as an implicit national security strategy:   reviving the economy;  buttressing domestic support...

Korean Strategic Thoughts on Regional Security Cooperation

October 2, 2009

This talk will examine the evolution of Korean strategic thought on regionalism, with particular focus on regional security cooperation: How does South Korean regional thinking differ from that of...