The Korea Policy Institute (KPI) is an independent research and educational institute that provides timely analysis of U.S. policies toward Korea and developments on the Korean peninsula. In the interest of promoting friendship between the peoples of the United States and Korea, KPI is guided by the premise that a reasonable U.S. policy towards Korea must be supportive of the legitimate desires of the Korean people for peace, sovereignty, reconciliation, and the reunification of Korea.
Policy institutes often work in isolation from communities and are disconnected from broader social movements. KPI was founded as a partnership among Korean American community advocates, policy professionals, and academics. In the make-up of its board and staff, and in the connections it has to other organizations, KPI places itself within a broad-based movement for peace and social justice. KPI keeps in close contact with a national network of Korean American community organizations, has built transnational bridges with social justice organizations in South Korea, and maintains ties with key organizations and individuals conducting humanitarian and development work in North Korea. Many of our fellows, advisory board members, and executive board members have been engaged for decades in on-the-ground peace, reunification, and humanitarian work.