CAPP Events in 2009
Korea Foundation Pledges $1 Million to RAND to Establish Research Chair in Korea Policy - Mar. 30, 2009
The Korea Foundation pledged $1 million toward the establishment of a research chair in Korea policy within RAND’s Center for Asia Pacific Policy (CAPP). The Korea Foundation’s gift will be matched by a $1 million donation from an anonymous donor once RAND has raised an additional $1 million for the new Korea Policy Chair.
The gift provides RAND with the opportunity to focus not just on military and security policy issues, but on the broader geostrategic and political issues in and around Korea. It also will help consolidate and enhance the research on Korea that's being done across RAND’s many divisions.
RAND and Korea Foundation officials gathered at RAND’s Santa Monica headquarters on March 30 to sign the donation agreement. RAND President and CEO James Thomson spoke at the event, along with Ambassador Sung-Joon Yim, President of the Korean Foundation; Spencer Kim, Chairman of the CBOL Corporation and CAPP advisory board member; Thomas McNaugher, acting director of CAPP; and Chaibong Hahm, a senior political scientist at RAND.
CAPP hosts Luncheon with Ambassador Kim - Feb. 9, 2009
On Monday, February 9, 2009 the Center for Asia Pacific Policy hosted Ambassador Sung Kim, Special Envoy for the Six-Party Talks, for a private roundtable lunch. A career Foreign Service Officer, Ambassador Kim headed the Office of Korean Affairs from August 2006 to July 2008. Prior to that, he was chief of political-military affairs at the U.S. Embassy in Seoul. He also served as a political officer in Tokyo and had assignments in Kuala Lumpur and Hong Kong. In a wide-ranging discussion, Ambassador Kim shared his experience of negotiating with North Korea, the prospects for denuclearization of North Korea and the future of U.S.-ROK relations under the Obama administration and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.
In attendance were CAPP Board Members - Spencer Kim, Chairman, CBOL Corporation and Michael Tennenbaum, Senior Managing Partner, Tennenbaum Capital - RAND staff, and PRGS fellows.