Asia Institute and US Embassy Seoul host U.S. Studies Seminar (August 26-28)


“American Studies and Me” 

3rd Annual U.S. Studies Seminar

for Korean University Students

Hosted by the US Embassy in Seoul and the Asia Institute


August 26-28, 2014 (2 nights, 3 days)


The U.S. Embassy in Seoul will host 40 university students from throughout Korea for its three-day U.S. Studies Seminar in cooperation with the Asia Institute. The title of this year’s seminar is “American Studies and me.” It will be held on August 26-28, 2014, at Kyung Hee University, Seoul Campus. This unique seminar offers motivated Korean students a unique opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the American political system, economy, society, culture and the arts through engaging lectures and discussions and also to receive career guidance directly from U.S. diplomats, professors and other stakeholders in the American community. The Asia Institute, an American think tank dedicated to increasing global cooperation between Korea and the United States, will complement the practical insights from diplomats with broad cultural and historical insights from experts.  We extend the recruitment period. Interested students must apply by August 3, 2014, following the directions below. Students from all over Korea are strongly encouraged to apply. Continue Reading

Stephen Costello “South Korea’s Role in Northeast Asia” TEXT



Stephen Costello 

ProducerAsiaEast Policy Roundtable

“South Korea’s Role in Northeast Asia”

Sookmyung Woman’s University – Seoul

23 June 2014


I                Context

II               Interests

III              Two Overriding Questions

IV             Korea’s Biggest Card to Play

V               Implications for Policy Going Forward

VI             Likely Scenarios



I                Context

The context for today’s strategic and political environment includes the post-Korean War, when national development took off; the post-Cold  War, when ideological polarization could be overcome; and the post-9-11, when Korea’s primary responsibility for its security and development became clear.  Other frameworks matter, such as South Korea’s post-Authoritarian dynamics and the rise of China, but it is primarily these other three that constitute the current reality for South Korean strategic thinkers. Continue Reading