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Northeast Asia Peace Initiative

J. Nguyen: North East Asia - War or Peace?

January 24, 2012

In deploying a new scheme for the Asia Pacific region, the US ultimately seeks to invite China to come to terms with the West in defining a new and just pax pacifica that offers security, prosperity, and human dignity for the region and the world at large.


T. Miyatsuka: Some Truths about North Korea and Recent Relations with Japan

January 24, 2012

Presentation to the International Leadership Conference in Seoul, Korea, January 2012

There has been hardly any trade and very limited human contact between Japan and North Korea after the 2009 nuclear test by Pyongyang.


A. Aslakhanov: The Growing Political and Economic Role of Russia and the Pacific Rim Nations

January 24, 2012

In the context of the multi-vector foreign policy of the Russian Federation, security in North-East Asia is of growing importance; it is conditioned by Russia’s belonging to this dynamically developing region of the world.


S.M. Kim: North Korea after Kim Jong-il

January 24, 2012

Address to the International Leadership Conference in Seoul, Korea, January 2012

It is anticipated that Kim Jong-un will retain his father's policy line of oppression and control while pushing for a better economic conditions for his impoverished people.


A. Mansourov: Prospects for Stability and Security on the Korean Peninsula

January 24, 2012

Address to the International Leadership Conference, Seoul, Korea, January 2012

Under Kim Jong-un’s leadership, the post-Kim Jong-il North Korea will become more dynamic, more pragmatic, and more nationalistic. Expect minor concessions in low-level issues and a continued hard-line stance in high-stakes issues.


A Visit to North Korea Seeks to Defuse Tensions

December 24, 2011

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the historic meeting between his parents, Rev. and Mrs. Sun Myung Moon, and Kim Il-sung, UPF Chairman Rev. Hyung Jin Moon visited North Korea December 9-16, 2011, following up on a donation of flour to alleviate starvation.


UPF Statement on the Korean Peninsula in the Wake of the Passing of Kim Jong-il

December 22, 2011

The recent death of North Korean President Kim Jong-il and the current transition of power to a new generation of leadership is a time of great uncertainty for all Koreans and the entire East Asian region. At the same time it also offers an important opportunity to plot a new course of peace and reconciliation that will finally bring to a close more than six decades of division and distrust.


Washington DC Forum: Regional Perspectives of the Korean Peninsula

December 14, 2011

Washington, DC, USA - On Dec. 14, 2011, the UPF Office of Peace and Security Affairs convened its inaugural roundtable meeting in Washington, DC on “Regional Perspectives of the Korean Peninsula 
after the November Asian Summits.”


Korean Culture Day at Zelenograd School

November 1, 2011

Zelenograd, Russia - As part of the local annual festival “We are different and we feel this is our treasure; we are together and therefore powerful,” an exhibit of photos of South Korea opened on October 31 in the main hall of the museum of school No. 1923 in Zelenograd, near Moscow. The exhibit, “Korea in photos,” was part of the school's Festival of Friendship, a day dedicated to the "Land of Morning Calm," as Korea is known.


Seoul Legislators Visit Russia

July 20, 2011

Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia - Legislators from Seoul, South Korea, visited Russia from July 18 to 20 to meet with officials and legislators in Moscow and a university rector in St. Petersburg.


L.Y. Moon: Women Supporting Reconciliation on the Korean Peninsula

July 2, 2011

The Women's Federation for World Peace receives contributions from women throughout the world and makes donations to North Korea as humanitarian aid for their children and women. There have also been various opportunities for visits over the years. The more exchanges we have with people from the North, the more we are able to understand each other and overcome the gaps caused by the decades of separation.


Moscow Forum on the Korean War: Lessons of History

February 15, 2011

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.


M.P. Barry: Is the Unification of North and South Korea on the Horizon?

August 28, 2010

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.


Europeans Take Fact-Finding Trip to Japan

August 5, 2010

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.


M.P. Barry: Peace and Stability in Northeast Asia with Emphasis on the Korean Peninsula

August 1, 2010

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.


Northeast Asia Peace Initiative Consultation in Moscow

July 30, 2010

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.


Russians Address the Korean War Legacy

June 7, 2010

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.


J.H. Pak: Religion Serving Peacebuilding and Disarmament

September 23, 2009

Can religion and religious leaders contribute to disarmament? You have all heard the quote, “Nations shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks.” It can be found in one of the oldest religious books.


Connecting with Russian Veterans of the Korean War

August 31, 2009

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.


V. Cha: Challenges Facing US-Korea Relations

February 3, 2009

The alliance between the US and the Republic of Korea (ROK) remains one of the most underrated alliances in the history of international relations today. When the alliance was first formed in 1953, there was no preceding history of interaction (aside from minor commercial exchanges and missionary activities in the 1800s) and no common values as a frame of reference.