Contemporary Asia Seminar Series
This series, scheduled regularly during the academic year, hosts professionals in the fields of public and foreign policy, journalism, and academia who share their perspectives on pressing issues facing Asia today.
Kathleen Stephens, former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea, will join the Korean Studies Program (KSP) at Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (Shorenstein APARC) as the program’s 2013–14 Koret Fellow. Read more »
Domestic Politics of Japan's China PolicyJapan Studies Program Announcement
How has Japan responded to China's growing influence in Northeast Asia? Sheila Smith, a senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, spoke about recent tensions and developments in Japan-China relations, including over historical issues. The podcast from the event is now available.
A revelatory story emerged in China this spring: Bo Xilai, Chongqing’s Communist Party head, had fallen out with the party and was accused of shocking abuses of power. On May 2, the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center held a special seminar to make sense of what this unusual high-level scandal could mean for the future of China’s current political system. Read more »
Shin and Stanford's Korean Studies ProgramKSP in the news: Stanford Daily on January 31, 2012
Gi-Wook Shin, founding director of Stanford's Korean Studies Program (KSP), spoke with the Stanford Daily about creating a unique niche for KSP over the past 11 years, and about being a student during an era of change in Korea.
Richard Nixon’s 1972 visit to China reshaped the global balance of power and opened the door to U.S.-China relations. The media coverage of this event is as important as the details of the diplomacy, and is brought to life through the new documentary: Assignment: China. Shorenstein APARC will screen the film on Feb. 7, followed by commentary from the film's reporter and narrator Mike Chinoy. Read more »
Since Kim Jong Il's death, North Korea has a young new leader: Kim's 28-year-old son Kim Jong Un. David Straub, who attended the seventh U.S.-Korea West Coast Strategic Forum in Seoul just days before Kim’s death, shares highlights from the Forum and offers insight into the current North Korea situation. Read more »
Shorenstein APARC, FSI Stanford, KSP Q&A: Yonhap News on March 3, 2011
U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea (ROK) Kathleen Stephens presented the talk "U.S.-Korea Relations: Where We’ve Been, Where We’re Going" on March 2 at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. In a post-event interview with Yonhap News, Ambassador Stephens discussed key points in the U.S.-ROK relationship, and spoke to her experience as an ambassador and as a Peace Corps volunteer in the ROK. Audio & Video transcripts available
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