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

 

US Ambassador to Korea Alexander Vershbow announced on May 9, 2007, that on the condition that North Korea carries out the terms of the February 13, 2007 agreement on the denuclearization of North Korea, the United States was ready to declare the end of the Korean War.

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Has the time finally come for peace to break out on the Korean Peninsula? Is the call for a Korea peace regime sincere, or is it a distraction—a red herring? What is America’s role?

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Humankind has always dreamed of a happy, prosperous life in a free and righteous society. Despite such dreams, however, humanity has been suffering from minor and major wars, disputes, and conflicts.

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One of the elements of this theme is the peaceful reunification of two Koreas. I have deep sympathy with the Korean people for their yearning for ultimate reunification of their homeland.

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On February 13, 2007, in accordance with the agreement on the initial phase of actions for the implementation of the Joint Statement of September 19, 2005, the discussions on the matter of a peace and security system in Northeast Asia began in earnest.

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North Koreans are not always easy to like, but are impossible to ignore. This is not a trait unique to the northern half of the Korean Peninsula. Koreans have been this way throughout their history.

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True love is the mightiest strategic tool for melting down all strife and conflict in this world. The realm of true love surpasses all barriers.

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Regional economic cooperation in Northeast Asia will be imperative for energy cooperation in the area. The European Union’s formation was due to the fact that Europe was very closely connected by a natural gas pipeline. If Northeast Asia is connected by an energy pipeline, it will contribute much to the stable supply of energy and eventually the peace of the region.

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The historical record of the Korean War has recently been greatly enriched by Russian President Boris Yeltsin's presentation to President Kim Young-Sam of South Korea, during the latter's visit to Moscow in June 1994, of 216 previously classified high level Soviet documents on the war from Russian archives.

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The Northeastern Asian region has seen dramatic changes during the past decade.  Understanding this fact is crucial to thinking about how the parties involved in this region can construct peace and security.

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At the first conference of the United Nations Peacekeeping Korean War Memorial Federation, more than 250 veterans gathered, creating a delegation representing all the nations who sent troops into battle representing the UN.

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It is not easy to form a relationship with the Democratic People's Republic of Korea [DPRK], even when your objectives are purely humanitarian. Over the past few years much more has been learned about human rights violations, the existence of labor camps, and the continuing flow of defectors, refugees and migrants fleeing into China and South Korea for economic and political reasons.

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