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News / August 6, 2014
Twenty-four U.S. secondary school teachers gathered at Stanford to learn about Korea's history, culture and society at the Hana-Stanford Conference, co-sponsored by FSI’s Shorenstein APARC and SPICE. The conference – in its third year – aims to make Korean studies accessible to all grade levels.
News / March 25, 2014
In a March 22 interview with the Seoul Shinmun newspaper, KSP associate director David Straub discussed the U.S. role in bringing together South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Abe in a trilateral summit with President Obama to address the North Korea problem.
Commentary / December 19, 2013
In this op-ed, Gi-Wook Shin and David Straub discuss North Korea’s puzzling execution of Jang Song-taek and the social, economic, and political problems facing Kim Jong Un’s regime. They suggest that Jang’s execution may be an attempt to consolidate power and to shore-up support within the country. Shin and Straub point out that the revelations made to justify the purge and execution also act to delegitimize the regime by sending confused signals to the international community, in particular to China and South Korea over their recent economic engagement. They propose that the U.S., South Korea, and China may be able to use this as an opportunity to influence Kim and convince him to relinquish North Korea’s nuclear stockpile, among other goals.
Reports of Jang Song-thaek, Kim Jong Un’s uncle, execution may signal unstable regime in North Korea
News / December 13, 2013
Republic of Korea President Park Geun-hye hosts Stanford experts for regional peace and security dialogue
News / December 10, 2013
President of the Republic of Korea Park Geun-hye hosts experts from Shorenstein APARC at the Blue House for dialogue on peace and security issues in the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia.
Detention and release of Palo Alto retiree by North Korea prompts media interest – APARC scholars offer expertise
News / December 7, 2013
APARC's Daniel Sneider and David Straub closely followed the case of Merrill Newman, the Palo Alto grandfather detained and eventually released by North Korea. In several media interviews, the Korea experts offered their insights.
News / April 10, 2013
David Straub, associate director of Korean Studies Program, joined Ploughshares Fund Executive Director Philip Yun on April 8 for a town hall discussion in San Francisco on the recent North Korean threats. The panel was held at the Commonwealth Club, the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum, and moderated by Gloria Duffy, the President and CEO of the Commonwealth Club.
News / August 10, 2009
David Straub, associate director of the Korean Studies Program at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, and former director of the State Department's Korea desk, was part of the private delegation led by former president Bill Clinton in early August that secured the release of two Current TV journalists held in North Korea. The two had been arrested on March 17 near the North Korean border with China while reporting on human trafficking for Current TV and sentenced in June to 12 years hard labor.
Commentary / June 8, 2009
In recent months, North Korea has put on trial two young American journalists working for former Vice President Al Gore's Current TV, launched a long-range rocket, tested its second nuclear device, and has renounced the Beijing Six-Party nuclear talks. The regime's actions are a source of serious concern, David Straub writes for cbsnews.com
News / January 25, 2008
Shorenstein APARC has received a grant from the Academy of Korean Studies in Seoul which enables the center to publish a series of books on Korea's democratization and social change, under the series title: Korean Democracy: From Birth to Maturity.
January 2008 Dispatch - South Korea's New President: An Opportunity for Closer Ties with the United States
News / January 14, 2008
We are pleased to bring you the first dispatch of the new year in our series of Shorenstein APARC Dispatches. This month's piece "South Korea's New President: An Opportunity for Closer Ties with the United States" was written by David Straub, Pantech Fellow 2007-2008, Shorenstein APARC.