U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program
Ten NextGen Scholars were selected by the senior advisors in October 2015 to participate in the U.S.–Korea NextGen Scholars Program. The biographies and work of the NextGen scholars are featured here.
The 2015–2016 U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholar Program provided opportunities for mid-career Korea specialists to discuss issues of importance to U.S.-Korea relations with policymakers, government officials and opinion leaders in Korea and the United States, learn how to effectively engage with the media, participate in the policymaking process, and gain experience as public intellectuals helping to bridge the scholarly and policy communities and address issues of importance to the U.S.-Korea relationship. Led by Dr. Victor Cha and Dr. David Kang, a distinguished board of senior scholars in both Korea and the United States advised and mentored the NextGen Scholars. The biographies and work of the NextGen scholars are featured here.
This program allowed for deeper and more vigorous dialogue and research not only on topics of immediate concern to the bilateral relationship, but also the range of issues that affect the U.S. and Korea. It also identified, nurtured, and built a community of American public intellectuals across a wide range of sectors and facilitate spin-offs of policy-oriented research teams and projects.
This program is made possible in part by generous support from The Korea Foundation.
Senior AdvisorsRead more
David Kang is Professor of International Relations and Business at the University of Southern California, with appointments in both the School of International Relations and the Marshall School of Business. He is also Director of USC Korean Studies Institute and Director of the USC Center for International Studies. Previously he was a professor at Dartmouth College’s Government Department and Tuck School of Business (1996-2009).Read More
Board of Senior Advisors
Ambassador Thomas Hubbard is Senior Director of Asia Practice at McLarty Associates. A career Foreign Service Officer for nearly forty years, he served as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Korea from 2001 to 2004, and before that as Ambassador to the Philippines from 1996-2000. Earlier in his career he served seven years in Japan, and was also Deputy Chief of Mission and acting Ambassador in Malaysia. Ambassador Hubbard held key Washington postings including Philippines desk officer, country director for Japan, and principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs. Ambassador Hubbard was a principal negotiator of the 1994 Agreed Framework aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapons program, and headed the first senior level U.S. government delegation to North Korea. He was also President Clinton's envoy to promote human rights and democracy in Burma. He received his B.A. in political science from the University of Alabama and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Maryland and the University of Alabama. Read more
Stephan Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies, Director of the Korea-Pacific Program, and Distinguished Professor of Political Science in the School of Global Policy and Strategy at the University of California, San Diego.
Dr. Haggard has written extensively on the political economy of North Korea with Marcus Noland.Read More
Katharine H.S. Moon is Professor of Political Science and Wasserman Chair of Asian Studies at Wellesley College. She is also the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies and Senior Fellow in the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at The Brookings Institution. Read More
Scott Snyder is Senior Fellow for Korea Studies and Director of the Program on U.S.-Korea Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations. Prior to joining CFR, Snyder was a senior associate in the international relations program of The Asia Foundation, where he founded and directed the Center for U.S.-Korea Policy and served as The Asia Foundation's representative in Korea (2000-2004). Read More
Ambassador Kathleen Stephens is the William J. Perry Distinguished Fellow at the Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center. She rejoined Stanford in September 2015 after serving seven months as Charge d'Affaires at the U.S. Embassy in New Dehli (June 2014 – December 2014). Prior to that she was a 2013-14 Koret Fellow in Korean Studies at the Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center at Stanford University. Read More
Philip Yun is Executive Director and COO of Ploughshares Fund, where he oversees the organization’s entire range of day-to-day activities, including grantmaking, communications, financial management and fundraising.
Prior to joining Ploughshares Fund, he was a vice president at The Asia Foundation (2005-2011), a Pantech Scholar in Korean Studies at Stanford University (2004-2005) and worked at the U.S. Department of State (1994-2001). Read More
Scholars in Los Angeles
The Los Angeles program was held from March 9 to 11 at the University of Southern California’s Korean Studies Institute. The program focused on training scholars to become public intellectuals. Evan Ramstad (CSIS distinguished senior associate and former Wall Street Journal reporter) led a discussion on op-ed publishing. The scholars received feedback on their op-eds, practiced news interviews in the USC Annenberg studios, met with members of the Korean media, had dinner with the ROK Consul General in Los Angeles, and filmed their op-eds. In addition to Dr. David Kang and Dr. Victor Cha, West Coast senior advisors included Ambassador Kathleen Stephens (Stanford University), Dr. Stephan Haggard (University of California, San Diego), and Mr. Philip Yun (Ploughshares Fund).
NextGen Los Angeles Program PDF
Scholars in Washington
The first part of the U.S. - Korea NextGen Scholars Program, hosted by CSIS Korea Chair and the University of California Korean Studies Institute took place from December 6-8, 2015 in Washington, D.C.
The ten NextGen Scholars, who were selected nationwide and internationally in October 2015 to participate in this program, met with policymakers, academics, and journalists during their trip to Washington. They visited the National Security Council and the U.S. Department of State, and listened to experts, current and former government officials speak about the U.S.-Korea relationship from the perspectives of the intelligence community, Congress, and the U.S. Department of Defense, and participated in a crisis simulation exercise at CSIS headquarters.
The U.S.-Korea NextGen Scholars Program is a two-year program providing opportunities for mid-career Korea specialists to discuss issues of importance to U.S.-Korea relations with policymakers, government officials and opinion leaders in Korea and the United States, learn how to effectively engage with the media, participate in the policymaking debate, and gain experience as public intellectuals helping to bridge the scholarly and policy communities and address issues of importance to the U.S.-Korea relationship. Dr. Victor Cha and Dr. David Kang of USC serve as senior advisors to this important program, along with a group of senior scholars in the U.S.
NextGen Washington Program PDF