U.S.-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus

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The U.S.-Korea Scholar-Policymaker Nexus is a two-year program providing opportunities for mid-career Korea specialists to discuss issues of importance to U.S.-Korea relations with policymakers, government officials and opinion leaders in Korea and the United States.  Ambassador Kathleen Stephens, Dr. Victor Cha, and Dr. David Kang will serve as senior advisors, participate in program meetings, and advise participants on how to effectively engage with the media, participate in the policymaking process, and expand their professional networks.

This project will allow for deeper and more vigorous dialogue and research not only on topics of immediate concern to the bilateral relationship, but also on ways to strengthen U.S.-Korea coordination in global affairs. It will also identify, nurture, and build a community of American public policy intellectuals across a wide range of sectors and facilitate spin-offs of policy-oriented research teams and projects.  In all, it will contribute to the understanding of Korean points of view in international venues and support Korea and the United States in promoting their key mutual ideas and values as leaders in the international community.

Program goals:

  • Create a network of mid-career Korea specialists with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will make long-term contributions to the U.S.-Korea relationship
  • Help Korea specialists become more relevant to the policymaking process
  • Increase the visibility of young Korea specialists and provide opportunities for engagement with policymakers and the private sector
  • Encourage new Korea-related research and projects and collaboration among participants

Program Meetings:

  • May 2013: Washington, D.C. (four nights)
  • September 2013: Whitefish, Montana (three nights)
  • June 2014: Korea (one week)
  • October 2014: Washington, D.C. (four nights)

Program Requirements:

  • Professional interest in Korea and plans for long-term engagement with Korea
  • Mid-career level (several years of relevant experience)
  • Basic knowledge of the Korean language
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident


 This program is made possible by contributions from the Korea Foundation and other organizations


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