Korea Chair

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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.

For many years, there has been a greater focus on Japan and China in Washington policy circles. 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 will:

  • Conduct independent policy research relevant to the U.S.-ROK alliance
  • Convene public and private sector stakeholders in Washington and Seoul
  • Advance 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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Launch of CSIS Korea Chair in Korea

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Additional Korea Chair visits to Korea


  • 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.

  • President Park Geun-hye meets with CSIS delegations

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

  • Dialogue with Ambassadors. Photo credit: Korea Foundation.

    CSIS and Korea Foundation hosted 'Dialogue with the AmbassadorsCelebrating 60 Years of Partnership and Shared Prosperity' with former U.S. and Korean ambassadors in Seoul on October 17.

  • 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. The Korea Platform is made possible by the generous support of Samsung Electronics America.

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

  • Park Geun-hye photo courtesy of http://english.president.go.kr/president/presidents/greeting.php

    Looking at the prospects for politics and foreign policy in the Republic of Korea in 2013.

  • 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 courtesy of KOREA.NET - Official page of the Republic of Korea from http://www.flickr.com/photos/koreanet/8662778924/sizes/o/in/photolist-ecv1nj-ecv1CY-65b5DB-5VdnVh-eX8bzc-9RUyhu-66rapL-dPghBo-9FVfJ2-9nMqAx-6aJNDQ-dPaF8t-dPaF9v-dPghzm-dynVDM-dynWMz

    The CSIS Korea Chair is engaged in a number of ongoing projects.

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

  • 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.

  • 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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