KFAS-Stanford Sustainable Democracy Rountable Conference Report

I participated in the KFAS-Stanford Sustainable Democracy Roundtable, which was held at Stanford University on August 29-30, 2023. More information and the link to the conference report are found below: 

In partnership with the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center and the Stanford Next Asia Policy Lab (SNAPL) at Stanford University presented the inaugural event in a new annual roundtable series, where experts diagnosed the current state of democracy, its threats, and possible prescriptions for democratic prosperity. This series, titled “Sustainable Democracy Roundtable,” aims to create a necessary platform and opportunity for scholars of various disciplines and ranks to identify core issues and propose unique solutions to globally pertinent policy issues. 

The inaugural roundtable was made possible thanks to the generous support and partnership with the Korea Foundation for Advanced Studies (KFAS).

This report summarizes the discussions held at the roundtable using a modified version of the Chatham House Rule, only identifying speakers by their country of origin.

 Download the PDF here: https://fsi.stanford.edu/publication/kfas-stanford-sustainable-democracy-roundtable-conference-report


Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo and Dr. Joan Cho Join CSIS as Adjunct Fellows for the Korea Chair

Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo and Dr. Joan Cho Join CSIS as Adjunct Fellows for the Korea Chair

October 13, 2021

WASHINGTON, October 13, 2021: The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is pleased to announce that Dr. Ramon Pacheco Pardo of King’s College London and Dr. Joan Cho of Wesleyan University have been appointed as adjunct fellows for the Korea Chair. During their time with CSIS, they will be working on writing three books as part of the Korea Chair’s 2021 Laboratory Program for Korean Studies grant.

Dr. Pacheco Pardo is professor of international relations at King’s College London and the KF-VUB Korea Chair at the Brussels School of Governance of Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Together, CSIS’s Dr. Victor Cha and Dr. Pacheco Pardo plan to write a general history book on modern Korea, to be published by Yale University Press. Dr. Pacheco Pardo will also be writing a book on Korean foreign policy, to be published by Columbia University Press.

Dr. Cha, CSIS senior vice president and Korea Chair, said, “We are delighted to welcome Professor Pacheco Pardo of Kings College London. He is Europe’s leading scholar in Korean policy studies and a prolific author of cutting-edge research on Korea and Asia.”

Dr. Cho is an assistant professor of East Asian Studies and an assistant professor of government at Wesleyan University. She will be writing a book on development and democracy in South Korea.

Dr. Cha commented, “Professor Cho of Wesleyan University, one of our NextGen Scholars, is a rising star in Korean studies and political science. The book she will write on South Korean democracy while with us at CSIS promises to be a definitive scholarly work in the field.”

For more information, please contact the Office of the Korea Chair via email at KoreaChair@csis.org.

2018-2019 U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program

CSIS Office of the Korea Chair and the USC Korean Studies Institute announce eleven NextGen Scholars for 2018-19.  These scholars were selected in a national competition. The scholars all displayed exemplary scholarship in wide-ranging disciplines, from political science, communication, Korean history, international relations, and education, to networking and security.

The purpose of the U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program is to help emerging scholars with an interest in Korean studies to develop public policy skills as they are called upon to provide commentary and expertise on issues related to Korea.  The Scholars will participate as a group in three sets of programs: 1) Washington, D.C. for briefings with policymakers in the U.S. government; 2) Los Angeles for academic mentoring and media training; 3) Seoul for briefings with policymakers and exposure to media and opinion leaders.

The program is led by Dr. Victor Cha, Senior Advisor and Korea Chair at CSIS and D.S. Song-KF Professor of International Affairs at Georgetown University, and Dr. David Kang, Maria Crutcher Professor of International Relations and Director of the Korea Studies Institute at the University of Southern California. Members of the NextGen Senior Advisory Board include Dr. Sue Mi Terry of CSIS and a distinguished group of Americans and Koreans with vast experience in academia, government, and the private sector

The 2018-2019 NextGen Scholars are:
1.   Joan Cho, Assistant Professor of East Asian Studies, Wesleyan University
2.  Aram Hur, Provost Postdoctoral Fellow, Wagner School of Public Service, New York University
3.   Katrin Katz, Ph.D. in political science, Northwestern University
4.   Hanmee Na Kim, Assistant Professor of History, Wheaton College
5.  Stephanie Kim, Assistant Professor of the Practice and Faculty Director of Global Higher Education and Higher Education Administration, Georgetown University
6.   Jiyoung Ko, Assistant Professor of Politics, Bates College
7.   Tom Le, Assistant Professor of Politics, Pomona College
8.   Will Scott, Lecturer, University of Michigan
9.   Meredith Shaw, Associate Professor, University of Tokyo
10. YoungJu Shin, Assistant Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication, Arizona State University
11.   Benjamin Young, Ph.D. in East Asian history, George Washington University

The U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program is a unique two-year program (non-resident) that provides 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, learn how to effectively engage with the media, participate in the policymaking process, gain experience as public intellectuals helping to bridge the scholarly and policy communities, and address issues of importance to the U.S.-Korea relationship.
The U.S. – Korea NextGen Scholars Program is an initiative by CSIS Korea Chair and USC Korean Studies Institute with support from The Korea Foundation to mentor the next generation of Korea specialists in the United States.

News articles in Korean:

  1. “CSIS-USC, 차세대학자 프로그램 대상자 선발.” [CSIS-USC, Participants Chosen for the NextGen Program] http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/bulletin/2018/06/26/0200000000AKR20180626020400071.HTML?input=1195m
  2. “CSIS-USC, 차세대 학자 프로그램 대상자 선발.” [CSIS-USC, Participants Chosen for the NextGen Program] http://ytnradio.us/frm/news-article-read.asp?seq=93106.9999
  3. “한국학 연구 차세대 학자, USC 한국학연, 11명 선정.” [NextGen Korea Scholars, USC Korean Studies Institute, 11 Participants Chosen] http://sf.koreatimes.com/article/20180625/1187095
  4. “CSIS-USC, 차세대 학자 프로그램 대상자 선발.” [CSIS-USC, Participants Chosen for the NextGen Program] http://www.koreadaily.com/news/read.asp?page=1&branch=&source=&category=world&art_id=6321874
  5. “CSIS-USC, 차세대 학자 프로그램 대상자 선발.” [CSIS-USC, Participants Chosen for the NextGen Program] http://www.wowtv.co.kr/NewsCenter/News/Read?articleId=AKR20180626020400071&t=RS