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Past USAI Briefings on South Korea

“Learning from South Korea’s Experience with High Speed Rail”

Time: January 15, 2014  8:00-10:00 am

Location: US-Asia Institute (232 East Capitol Street, N.E.)

Description: Two generations ago, South Korea was a war-ravaged country- one of the poorest on Earth. Today, South Korean companies compete with top names in the global market; young people graduate from high school and college at record rates; and broadband access is extraordinarily high. South Korean citizens also have something the U.S. still strives for- broad access to high speed rail. how did this once poor country manage to do something that eludes the United States? It was not without struggles as South Korea confronted various political, cultural, and financial challenges in making high speed rail a reality.  


“2012 Leadership in Transition: Korea”

Time: April 17, 2012   2:00-3:30 pm

Location: US-Asia Institute (232 East Capitol Street, N.E.)

Description: The US-Asia Institute invited experts to examine recent leadership transitions taking place on the Korean Peninsula with the succession of power to Kim Jong Un in North Korea and his efforts to consolidate power, as well as the results of South Korea’s recent legislative elections on April 11, 2012.  Speakers discussed these changes, in combination with presidential elections looming at the end of the year for both South Korea and the US, the changing dynamics of these transitions will greatly affect political, economic, and strategic stability in the Asia region.

Speakers: Kongdan (Katy) Oh, Institute for Defense Analysis; Bruce Klingner, Heritage Foundation

Moderator: Mark Manyin, Congressional Research Service

Notes from the event available soon.

More information on the USAI 2012 Leadership in Transition Briefing Series