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 at conferences and forums. Civil-society initiatives between South Korea and North Korea include tourism, humanitarian projects, and various forms of personal engagement. Scroll down for reports.
 
NE Asia
Goal: Peaceful reunification of the Korean Peninsula and harmonious relations among the nations of North East Asia
Methods: Consultations and civil-society initiatives that build personal connections

 

Moscow, Russia - At the Institute of the Far East, Russian Academy of Sciences, a round-table meeting on the “Korean War: Lessons of History” took place on Feb. 15, 2012, initiated by the Center of Korean Research.

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South Korean governments have been informed by the German experience of reunification after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Goldman Sachs, the leading investment bank, issued a study arguing that better models for Korean reintegration would be the reform of the economies of Vietnam, Mongolia, and the former Eastern European socialist states. Moreover, it said, the two Koreas have remarkable synergies, including talented human capital and rich mineral resources in the North. Read Goldman Sachs' report.

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Tokyo, Japan - "Japan's Role in Securing Peace, Stability, and Human Rights in North-East Asia" was the theme of a European Leadership Conference and Fact-Finding Tour to Japan August 1-5.

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Tensions in Northeast Asia increased this spring with North Korea’s sinking of a South Korean naval vessel, the Cheonan, in March. This was the most significant attack by the North against the South since at least the 1980s.

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Moscow, Russia - On July 29, UPF-Russia hosted a special consultation on issues related to the Northeast Asia Peace Initiative. The main speaker, Konstantin Zharinov, explained about a project organized on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Korean War, involving Korean War veterans from the Soviet Union. A fundraising campaign will be organized in order to create a commemorative exhibit in a Moscow school about the Korean conflict made with artifacts donated by Soviet veterans.

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Washington, DC - An appreciative crowd gathered near the Korean War Memorial on the National Mall in Washington DC to reflect on the outbreak of the Korean War 60 years ago. The Little Angels Children's Folk Ballet were the star attraction in a special program to honor the veterans from 16 nations who defended freedom on the Korean peninsula.

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Moscow, Russia - With tension building up in the Korean peninsula, Russian Ambassadors for Peace met with officials in Seoul to address the legacy of the Korean War and seek to prevent further conflict.

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Moscow, Russia - UPF met with an organization in Russia that works with veterans from the north side of the front line of the Korean War on Aug. 30, 2009.

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International conferences for scholars and political leaders increase understanding of political, economic, nuclear, and humanitarian issues. Seminars on Korean reunification for university students from the North and South have been held in China

 

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Relations across the Taiwan Strait can be improved based on a shared commitment to peace and harmonious development. This was the conclusion of the 20 scholars who attended the December 15-17, 2007, conference in Macau, China, organized by the Cross-Strait Peace and Development Federation.

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Mongolia can meaningfully contribute to the security of Northeast Asia. I think that we have a strong foundation to say this because the relationship between Mongolia and Korea started a thousand years ago, and we have strong connections of lineage

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It seems that there will be no permanent peace regime on the Korean Peninsula without the peaceful settlement of the nuclear issue. Therefore, the nuclear issue and its resolution is the starting point for establishing permanent peace in Korea.

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