Finding common ground in Israel and the U.S.
AJC’s Asia Pacific Institute (API) has close relationships with opinion leaders and decision-makers in the Republic of Korea, as well as with Korean-American community organizations across the U.S. These ties are founded on the similar experiences of the Jewish and Korean communities achieving success in the U.S., as well as the common threats facing South Korea and Israel, both of which confront hostile neighbors, and their parallel experiences as young democracies with now-thriving economies.
For more than two decades, API has been meeting regularly with senior South Korean officials to advocate on behalf of Israel and the global Jewish community. API partners with the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, a leading think tank based in Seoul, to host an Asan fellow in Washington, D.C. This unique partnership reflects our strategy of building ties with future Asian leaders and sensitizing them to the importance of the Israel-South Korea-U.S. relationship.
API also convenes regular conversations with diplomats, journalists, academics, business leaders, and foreign policy analysts on important regional issues, including North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and its human rights abuses.