The Korea Project, directed by Dr. John Park, addresses key policy questions about major security transformations on the Korean Peninsula through a combination of activities that brings together a unique network of practitioners, researchers, and students. These activities – a speaker series consisting of bipartisan policy practitioners and scholars, policy workshops and conferences, as well as innovative research projects – enable the Korea Project to foster a deeper understanding of rapidly evolving security challenges on the Korean Peninsula and to develop creative approaches to effectively address them. 

Supported by the Korea Foundation and the SBS Foundation, the Korea Project is the only group of its kind in a university-setting that runs a comprehensive policy outreach program on Korean security issues on a regular basis with senior practitioners and scholars.  

The Korea Project convened the inaugural Harvard Korean Security Summit at Harvard Kennedy School in April 2019, which formally launched the program. The Summit featured a gathering of prominent Korean security scholars and practitioners and increased attention to the field of Korean security studies within the Harvard community. Built on the vision of the late Ambassador Stephen Bosworth, who first launched Korean security initiatives at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, the event reflected the two traditions that drive the Belfer Center’s work: bringing together leading scholars and senior practitioners to jointly diagnose policy puzzles; and mentoring the next generation of scholars and practitioners. The Summit, organized by Director Park and the Korea Project team, took place during a critical inflection point in U.S.-North Korea relations.

The plan of the Korea Project is to grow the field of Korean security studies by developing partnerships with counterparts at key institutions, convening the Harvard Korean Security Summit on an annual basis to deepen network-building opportunities for leading and emerging specialists, and producing rigorous and relevant research in this critical field of scholarly study.