Kim Koo Forum on Korea Current Affairs


Thursday, March 6, 2014, 4:30pm


Belfer Case Study Room, CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street

Some Missing Pieces in the Mid-1960s Korean Development Story


  • Ambassador Princeton Lyman, former U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria and South Africa

  • Professor Harold Hongju Koh, Sterling Professor of International Law at Yale Law School and former Legal Adviser of the Department of State

  • Dr. David Cole, retired lecturer on economics at Harvard

  • Moderated by Professor Carter Eckert, Yoon Se Young Professor of Korean History

David C. Cole and Princeton N. Lyman were senior members of the United States Operations Mission (USOM) in Korea in the mid-1960s. They played important roles in reshaping the relationships between the Korean and U.S. governments and shifting the focus of both Korean and U.S. policies from stabilization to accelerating economic development. Their book, Korean Development: the Interplay of Politics and Economics, written under the auspices of the Harvard Center for International Affairs and published by Harvard University Press in 1971, described and analyzed the rapidly changing political and economic conditions and policies in Korea during the mid-1960s.

Most subsequent writings about this important period fail to appreciate the fundamental political and economic changes that took place at this time that provided the foundation for South Korea’s subsequent development into one of the strongest economies in the world. Nor do they recognize the significant change that took place in the working relationships between Korean and U.S. officials and the convergence that developed around key policy objectives. The speakers will discuss these factors and their roles and experiences in relation to these events.

Reception to follow

Cosponsored by the Korea Institute at Harvard University