Work on Korea aims to improve understanding of this critical part of the world.

Research on the Korean peninsula focuses on critical aspects of both Koreas, the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). Experts consider the geopolitical and strategic issues shaping relations between the two Koreas, including the nuclear crisis, the balance of conventional forces on the peninsula, leadership transition in the DPRK, economic policy in the North, and humanitarian issues including human rights. 

Research also considers South Korea's increasingly influential role as a 'middle power', addressing issues relating to foreign and economic policy and climate change.

Work on the ROK is closely integrated with research on Japan and China, centring on the critical alliances, particularly the US-ROK and US-Japan relationships. Research also examines the core themes influencing domestic political change within South Korea, including conservative-progressive ideological tensions and leadership politics.

Held in partnership with the Korea Foundation, the Korea-Europe Next Generation Policy Expert Forum has, since 2015, identified young policy experts from across Europe who demonstrate an interest and have expertise in the East Asia region, to provide them with opportunities to deepen their knowledge on Korea-related issues. The forum provides participants with opportunities to engage in in-depth discussions with leading policy-makers and scholars in the field and broaden their connections with policy experts in the Republic of Korea. The forum also aims to encourage policy-oriented research on East Asia, particularly the Korean peninsula, and collaborative activities among its participants. The forum is held annually and comprises a policy-oriented workshop on London and a week-long study tour to Seoul.  

Starting in 2014, and now in its third year, the J Global-Chatham House-FCI Forum, held annually in Seoul, features a one-day public conference, and a half-day expert roundtable, held under the Chatham House Rule. 

The project focusses on assessing the security dynamics within East Asia, emphasising the scope for peace and cooperation. In 2014 the keynote speech was presented by former Australian prime minister Kevin Rudd, and in 2015 by Marty Natalegawa, the former foreign minister of Indonesia. Discussions have addressed issues such as the US-China relationship, the potential for economic cooperation in East Asia, the role of history in the region and the security challenges of the Korean Peninsula. In 2016, the project expanded to incorporate a leading new Korean partner, the Future Consensus Institute, and will interrogate the opportunities and challenges for regional integration across Eurasia.

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