Korea Chair

President Park Geun-hye speaks at CSIS in October 15

The CSIS Korea Chair serves as an independent platform in Washington from which to advance major policy issues of common importance to the people of the Republic of Korea and the United States.

In early 2009, a consortium of American and Korean benefactors provided seed money for a permanent endowment at CSIS, a leading bipartisan think tank in Washington. The purpose of this endowment is to support a Korea Chair holder who will build an active policy research program on Korea in Washington.

CSIS believes this critical time in the U.S.-ROK alliance demands a high-profile presence focused on the future relationship. The CSIS Korea Chair:

  • Conducts independent policy research relevant to the U.S.-ROK alliance
  • Convenes public and private sector stakeholders in Washington and Seoul
  • Advances a greater understanding of Korean policy issues to policymakers and the public at large

CSIS appointed Dr. Victor Cha, former senior White House official and Georgetown University professor, as its first Korea Chair holder.

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  • Advancing Social Science with Korea http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffweb/5334405274/

    This Laboratory will seek to globalize Korean studies by undertaking a research agenda that will draw empirical and theoretical lessons from Korea for the advancement of debates and literature in respective social science and humanities disciplines.

  • Great Wall of China

    This project will look at China's ultimate objectives on the Korean peninsula.

  • President Park Geun-hye meets with CSIS delegations

    The Korea Chair regularly leads delegations for CSIS to South Korea.

  • Photo credit: Mansuadae Grand Monument, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mansudae_Grand_Monument_08.JPG.

    The CSIS Korea Chair conducts independent research relevant to North Korea and human rights.

  • Ancient Korea Map

    The Korea Platform is an independent and non-partisan publication for informed voices on policy issues related to the United States and the Republic of Korea.

  • photo courtesy of Republic of Korea https://www.flickr.com/photos/koreanet/8662778924

    The Korea Chair Forum promotes up-and-coming scholars and policy studies analysts who are working on Korean issues in order to advance a greater understanding of Korean policy issues to policymakers and the public at large.

  • Address by President Park Geun-hye at CSIS. Photo Credit: CSIS.

    CSIS presents "Korea Going Forward" in 2015.

  • Presenting the Korea Chair Monitor, Impact Players, and daily news headlines.

  • Freedom Bridge at DMZ

    This research project will call upon a wide variety of experts from different disciplines to explore the various issues that will arise from a collapse of North Korea.

  • Photo credit: Scott LaFoy.

    Assessing the strategic and analytical implications of North Korea's cyber operations capabilities.

  • Senior Policy Group

    The Senior Policy Group is a gathering of senior opinion-makers, who have extensive experience with and insight into Korean issues.

  • South Korea as a Global Power

    Providing empirical analysis and conceptual study of South Korea's accomplishments as a middle and global power.

  • photo courtesy of travel oriented https://www.flickr.com/photos/traveloriented/10147675245/in/photolist-gsHuj2-fq5K1t-fqjZrd-fq5K8V-xVnVPS-xFfhVx-xF6NsN-xFe1Ra-xF7U9A-xF8vUJ-x1Jzvu-xF5euL-xYog4R-xYmagH-x1FcoQ-x1GhPh-xVq579-xYoPYt-xYmmmi-xXFTWp-xF58CW-xVqm

    The U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program is an initiative by CSIS Korea Chair and USC Dornsife Korean Studies Institute with support from The Korea Foundation to help raise the next generation of Korea specialists in the United States who will make long-term contributions to the U.S.-ROK relationship.

  • The U.S.-Korea Policy Scholars Program is an initiative by the CSIS Korea Chair to deepen mutual understanding and promote policy studies in support of the U.S.-Korea alliance.

  • Photo credit: Official White House Photo by Pete Souza.

    The CSIS Korea Chair conducts independent policy research relevant to the U.S.-ROK alliance and its future relationship.

  • Gatbawi Rock is a 4m tall granite Buddha sculpture.

    Voices of Visiting Fellows showcases the analyses and opinions of the Korea Chair's Visiting Fellows on issues relevant to the Korean Peninsula.


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