Ex-U.S. Envoy to Seoul to Lead Washington Think Tank

  • By Yoon Hyung-jun

    May 25, 2018 13:09

    Former U.S. Ambassador to Korea Kathleen Stephens will become president of the Korea Economic Institute of America, a think tank in Washington.

    Her appointment was approved unanimously by the KEI's board of directors, according to a spokesperson on Wednesday, and she starts in September.

    Kathleen Stephens

    "This is an important time in the U.S.-Korea relationship," Stephens said in a statement. "I look forward to joining a great team at KEI, and to doing all I can to deepen dialogue, understanding and cooperation on the range of issues critical to the future of Korea and our relationship."

    The current president, former congressman Donald Manzullo, retires in June.

    Stephens (65) is currently a fellow at the Asia-Pacific Research Center of Stanford University. A career diplomat, she served as U.S. ambassador to Seoul from 2008 to 2011.

    She arrived in Korea for the first time in 1975 as a member of Peace Corps and taught English in South Chungcheong Province for two years.

    She returned in 1983 as a foreign service officer, working at the embassy and the consulate in Busan. She retired from the foreign service in 2013 after working as chargé d'affaires in India.

    Funded by the Korea Institute for International Economic Policy, the KEI was established in 1982.

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