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|Northeast Asia Peace Initiative|
On the Korean Peninsula following World War II, people with a common history, culture, and language were divided by the Cold War struggle between superpowers. UPF conferences and forums bring together leading diplomats and scholars to offer insights into prospects for improved relations among the countries of the region. Political, Military, economic, and civil-society factors are considered. Civil-society initiatives include tourism, humanitarian projects, and a various forms of person-to-person "diplomacy."
Goal: Peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula
Methods: Consultations and building personal connections
The following is a selection of backgrounders, conference presentations, and reports about civil-society initiatives that foster mutual understanding:
Keys to Understanding North Korea, by Stephen Linton (Chairman, Eugene Bell Foundation, US)
Presentations at UPF's World Summit 2013
Korean perspective: Hon. Dong Won Lim (Former Minister of Unification, Republic of Korea) [video in Korean]
Commentary: Will North Korea Focus on Economic Revival in the New Year? (January 1, 2013)
Precedents for Peaceful Regional Integration
The Helsinki Agreement, by Vladimir Petrovsky (Moscow State University of International Relations, Russia)
For an overview of UPF-Russia's work during 2012 to promote a peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula, including developing the Russian-language www.onekorea.ru website, click here.
Chinese Perspectives, by Chu Shulong (Visiting Fellow, The Brookings Institute; Professor, Tsinghua University, People’s Republic of China) and Xiyuan Jiang (Deputy Director, Department of Strategic Studies, Shanghai Institute of Strategic Studies, Shanghai, China)
Japanese Perspectives, by Toshio Kawabe (Professor Emeritus, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, Japan), Hiroshi Kumagai (Former Member of the Diet, former Cabinet Minister, Japan), Toshio Miyatsuka (Professor, Faculty of Management Information, Yamanashi Gakuin University, Japan), and Amb. Tetsuya Endo (Former Ambassador in Charge of Japan-North Korea Normalization Talks)
Russian Perspectives, by Artyom Lukin (Far Eastern National University, Vladivostok, Russia), Alexander Nikitin (President, Russian Political Science Association), and Aslambek Aslakhanov (Vice President, Council of the Federation on International Affairs, Russia)
Republic of Korea Perspectives, by Woonsang Choi (Professor of International Law and Relations, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Republic of Korea), Park Young-ho (Senior Research Fellow, Korea Institute of National Unification, Korea), Song Yeong Sun (Member, Republic of Korea National Assembly), Soo Min Kim (Professor of International Relations, Sun Moon University, Republic of Korea), Huh Moon-doh (Former Minister of Unification, Republic of Korea), and Hon. Dong Won Lim (Former Minister of Unification, Republic of Korea)
US Perspectives, by Paul Chamberlin (President, Korea-US Consulting, Inc.), Erich Weingartner (Korea Peace Forum), Victor Cha (Director, Asian Studies, and DS Song-Korea Foundation Chair, Georgetown University, US), and Alexandre Mansourov (U.S.-Korea Institute, Johns Hopkins University, US)
Potential Networks That Can Promote Development
A Grand Design for Northeast Asia, by Tamotsu Nakano (Visiting Scholar, the American University, US)
Track II Initiatives
My Meeting with Kim Il-sung, by Rev. Sun Myung Moon (Founder, Universal Peace Federation)
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