Korea Policy Chair

RAND’s Korea-related activities receive support from the Korea Policy Chair. Established through significant sponsorship from the Korea Foundation, the chair expands RAND’s research capabilities in areas of relevance to the Korean peninsula. The chair leads partnerships with research institutes in South Korea, organizes seminars, and mentors junior scholars at RAND.

The current chairholder is Erik Mobrand, a senior political scientist at RAND. As chair, he is building a portfolio of work centered on ROK-US ties and Korea’s relations in the Asian region.

Recent Commentaries from the Korea Policy Chair

  • April 19th National Cemetery, Seoul, South Korea, November 22, 2008, <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/skinnylawyer/5362974218/">photo</a> by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/skinnylawyer/">Scarlet Sappho</a>/<a href="https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/">CC BY-SA 2.0</a>

    The Day Before the Revolution

    Apr 26, 2022

    Erik Mobrand

    April 19 is synonymous in Korea with democracy. Mass demonstrations that day in 1960 led to the collapse of the increasingly corrupt Syngman Rhee government. Today, histories of Korea's democratization movement commemorate the April Revolution as the nation's first mass struggle for democracy.

  • South Korean President-elect Yoon Seok-yeol is congratulated by party members and lawmakers at the National Assembly in Seoul, South Korea, March 10, 2022, photo by Lee Jin-man/Pool via Reuters

    What the Media Might Have Missed About South Korea's Elections

    Mar 10, 2022

    Erik Mobrand

    The toxicity of the anti-feminist discourse in South Korea does not accurately reflect the gender-related tensions and problems that most Koreans currently face. The obstacles to improving gender equity are more mundane and more ubiquitous than the hyperbole of anti-feminism suggests.

About The Korea Foundation

The mission of The Korea Foundation is to promote better understanding of Korea within the international community and to increase friendship and goodwill between Korea and the rest of the world through various exchange programs.

The Korea Foundation supports this mission by hosting and participating in events; working with specialists committed to international exchange; supporting overseas research; and promoting knowledge and understanding of Korea within the international community.