29 Events

A North Korean diplomat wearing the double portrait lapel pin.

AP Photo/Korea Pool via Yonhap

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Negotiating with North Korea: Negotiators’ Genesis Story

Mon., Dec. 11, 2023 | 3:30pm - 5:00pm

Wexner Building - Room 434 A-B

Only a small handful of people in the world have sat at the negotiating table with the North Koreans and extensively interacted with them. Yet, this knowledge is fragmented and has not been collected or analyzed in a systematic manner. We’ll be previewing our upcoming “Negotiating with North Korea: Negotiators’ Genesis Story” study at this event.

The Belfer Center acknowledges the generous support of the Charles Koch Foundation for this project examining senior negotiators’ main lessons learned in negotiating with North Korea.

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Korean Peninsula at night.

NASA

Conference - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

4th Korean Security Summit at Harvard: “Korea – An Oracle of Global Trends"

Tue., Apr. 11, 2023 - Thu., Apr. 13, 2023

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

During April 11-13, 2023, the Korea Project convened the 4th Korean Security Summit at Harvard. Our theme of “Korea – An Oracle of Global Trends” continued the exploration of how quickly various Korea-related functional issues play out with global implications. This year, we aimed to provide unique Korea-connected insights into global trends ranging from bolstering deterrence to navigating increasing control of critical technologies like chips to curbing cybercriminals’ revenue generation from crypto theft. Day 1 began with Opening Remarks by KIM Gheewhan (President, Korea Foundation), Eric Rosenbach (Co-Director, Belfer Center), and Prof. Nicholas Harkness (Director, Korea Institute) to formally announce the establishment of a new endowment fund for the Korea Project.

The Honorable Dr. PARK Jin (Minister of Foreign Affairs, ROK) delivered Congratulatory Remarks. Top researchers of Korean security issues, senior ROK and U.S. practitioners, and next-generation scholars provided key findings from their respective research work over the course of the Summit. YOU Kijun (Consul General, ROK Consulate General in Boston) delivered Closing Remarks. Through the annual Summit series, the Korea Project continues to advance its mission of growing Korean security studies at Harvard and beyond.

The Belfer Center’s Korea Project acknowledges the generous support of the Korea Foundation.

Television screens depicting Xi Jinping, President of China

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

The Case for Collective Resilience in Addressing Chinese Economic Coercion

Wed., Mar. 1, 2023 | 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Belfer Building - Land Hall, 4th Floor

Dr. Victor Cha (Senior Vice President for Asia and Korea Chair, CSIS; Vice Dean and D.S. Song KF Professor of Government, Georgetown University) will discuss his recent Foreign Affairs article on promoting “collective resilience” against Chinese economic coercion (click here). In order to compete more effectively with China, Dr. Cha argues that Washington should organize partners to build economic leverage and discourage Beijing from engaging in coercion in the first place. Dr. John Park (Director, Korea Project, Belfer Center) will chair this event.

This event is co-sponsored by the Korea Project (Belfer Center), the Asia-Pacific Initiative (Belfer Center), and the Program on U.S.-Japan Relations (Weatherhead Center).

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Conference - Open to the Public

North Korean Cyber Operations: At the Nexus of Geopolitics, Technology, and Policy

Thu., Nov. 3, 2022 | 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Online

The North Korea Cyber Working Group’s (NK CWG) second annual conference will take a deep dive on the role of technology and geopolitics in North Korean cyber activities, drawing on participants’ expertise and original research. Following the hosts’ welcome, Stanford University Hoover Fellow Jacquelyn Schneider will deliver keynote remarks. Two sets of panelists hailing from academia, government, and the private sector will then convene to lend color to the broader conversation. The first panel will discuss emerging North Korean cyber threats and explore novel approaches to countering them. The second panel will consider the geopolitical implications of North Korean cyber operations, as well as opportunities for international cooperation.

This event is co-sponsored by the Korea Project, the Cyber Project, and the North Korea Cyber Working Group.

The hosts acknowledge the generous support of the SBS Foundation Research Fund at Harvard  Universitys Korea Institute.

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

South Korea's New External Economic Strategies

Tue., Oct. 18, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Rubenstein Building - David T. Ellwood Democracy Lab, Room 414AB

The Korea Project invites members of the Harvard community to join us for an event with Dr. Taeho Bark, the Korea Project's 2022 Senior Visiting Scholar, on his research on South Korean economic statecraft. Dr. Bark, a former ROK Minister for Trade, will be presenting key findings from his forthcoming report titled "South Korea's New External Economic Strategies." Dr. William Overholt, Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, will provide discussant remarks.

RSVPs are required for this in-person event open only to members of the Harvard community. Light refreshments will be served. Click here for a map of the Kennedy School.

This event is co-sponsored by the Korea Project, the Korea Institute, and the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government.

A television screen shows a North Korean missile launch.

AP Photo/Lee Jin-man

Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Understanding North Korea: Strategic Goals, Tactical Actions

Thu., Oct. 13, 2022 | 3:00pm - 4:30pm

Taubman Building - Allison Dining Room, 5th Floor

The Korea Project invites members of the Harvard community to join us for an off-the-record event with Sydney Seiler, the National Intelligence Officer for North Korea. This Analytic Tradecraft Series event will focus on Seiler's analytic methodologies for understanding North Korea within the broad context of its worldview, identity, and strategic goals, and how he applies these methodologies to gain insights into the way in which North Korea supports such goals.

RSVPs are required for this in-person event open only to members of the Harvard community. Light refreshments will be served.

This event is co-sponsored by the Korea Project and the Korea Institute.

A building in Ukraine with an image of Mary holding a Javelin anti-tank missile system

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Seminar - Harvard Faculty, Fellows, Staff, and Students

Exploring the Impact of the Russia-Ukraine War on South Korean Security

Mon., Oct. 3, 2022 | 10:00am - 12:00pm

Littauer Building - Malkin Penthouse, 4th Floor

Join us for a public panel discussion with experts from the Belfer Center and the East Asia Institute on the impact of the Russia-Ukraine war on the global security architecture with a specific focus on South Korean security. The group will also assess what the ROK should do to address these security challenges and what role the ROK-U.S. alliance should play regarding the future global and regional security order, especially amid an intensifying U.S.-China rivalry.

RSVPs are required for this in-person event open only to members of the Harvard community. Light refreshments will be served.

Korean Peninsula at night.

NASA

Conference - Open to the Public

3rd Harvard Korean Security Summit: “Korea – A Catalyst of Global Trends”

Tue., July 19, 2022 - Thu., July 21, 2022

Online

During July 19-21, 2022, the Korea Project convened the 3rd Harvard Korean Security Summit. Our theme of “Korea – A Catalyst of Global Trends” explored how quickly various Korea-related functional issues play out with global implications. Korea cases provide unique insights into global trends ranging from ongoing efforts to change leader-level calculus (2017 Korean Missile Crisis) to the ROK’s designs for bolstering tech supply chain resilience to the DPRK’s expanding use of cryptocurrency theft for funding the regime. Dr. Geun Lee (President, Korea Foundation) delivered the Korea Foundation’s Opening Remarks, and Natalie Colbert (Executive Director, Belfer Center, Harvard Kennedy School) delivered the Belfer Center’s Opening Remarks. The Honorable ROK Foreign Minister Dr. Park Jin delivered Congratulatory Remarks. We heard from top researchers of Korean security issues, senior ROK and U.S. practitioners, and next-generation scholars, who provided key findings from their respective research work. ROK Consul General Kijun You delivered Closing Remarks. Through the annual Summit series, the Korea Project continues to advance its mission of growing Korean security studies at Harvard and beyond.

The Belfer Center’s Korea Project acknowledges the generous support of the Korea Foundation.

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Seminar - Open to the Public

The North Korean Model: Using Cyber Capabilities to Blunt Sanctions and Generate Illicit Revenue

Thu., Apr. 28, 2022 | 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Online

Financially motivated cyber operations, especially cybercrime, represent an increasingly central component of North Korea’s strategy for evading sanctions and generating illicit revenue. In this event, Priscilla Moriuchi and Alex O’Neill will discuss ongoing trends and future expectations for North Korean financially motivated cyber operations, as well as O’Neill’s recent report, Cybercriminal Statecraft.

This event is co-sponsored by the Korea Project and the Cyber Project.