August 12, 2016

Petition Campaign in Opposition to the Deployment of THAAD in South Korea Surpasses 100,000

The "We the People" whitehouse.gov petition campaign in opposition to the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile defense system in South Korea has surpassed the 100,000 threshold mark needed to obtain an official response from the White House on the issue.

The petition campaign was initiated by Korean Americans based in the Washington, DC area and spread across the U.S., and the momentum intensified as Koreans in South Korea joined in, including citizens of Seongju where the deployment will take place,  signifying widespread opposition to the move by the South Korean government.



July 15, 2016

Opposition to THAAD Deployment in South Korea Grows





Opposition to THAAD antimissile system in South Korea is growing, especially fervently by the residents of Seongju (where the THAAD system will be placed), who are concerned about adverse health effects on residents nearby the system.


Koreans in the U.S. has initiated a petition campaign:


Rescind the decision to deploy THAAD antimissile system in South Korea.


The U.S. and South Korean governments, against wide opposition of South Koreans (and strong subsequent backlash from local citizens of the deployment site), have agreed to deploy U.S.-made THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Air Defense) system in South Korea. This measure is supposedly to counter North Korean ballistic missiles and provide additional security, yet this is a controversial move that will likely to escalate tension in the region, by provoking North Korea, China and Russia into a spiraling arms race in the region that is already heavily militarized with weapons of mass destruction. Now, more than ever, is the time to step back and de-escalate tensions by pursuing negotiated settlements that will provide sustainable peace mechanism in the Korean Peninsula and the surrounding region. 
https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/rescind-decision-deploy-thaad-antimissile-system-south-korea

July 13, 2016

Art Exhibits of Works From Both South and North Korea


Two simultaneous exhibits:

South Korean Art: Examining Life through Social Realities (above photo)

and

Contemporary North Korean Art: The Evolution of Socialist Realism (below photo)

June 18 through August 14, 2016

American University Museum
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016

http://www.american.edu/cas/museum/index.cfm      
 


June 30, 2016

"Engaging North Korea" Publication



During the Korea Peace Network conference on June 23, 2016 in Washington, DC, the AFSC (American Friends Service Committee) released its report "Engaging North Korea: Building Toward Dialogue with U.S. Government-Sponsored People-to-People Exchange Programs.” The report is available here: https://afsc.org/document/engaging-north-korea

"Engaging North Korea: US Policies to Improve Bilateral Relations"



Engaging North Korea: US Policies to Improve Bilateral Relations


Sponsored by Korea Peace Network and Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA)
Thursday, June 23, 2016, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
The Elliott School of International Affairs, GWU, Washington, DC


Tensions between the U.S. and North Korea have arguably reached historic highs in the first few months of 2016. Relations between the two countries appear deadlocked following North Korea´s nuclear test in January, the largest ever U.S.-South Korea military exercises, several North Korean rocket launches, US-led sanction efforts, vicious rhetoric and more. Further, the Obama Administration´s policy of ´strategic patience´ has not yielded diplomatic progress and both official and back-channel dialogue have reportedly ceased.


Yet, despite the impasse between the two countries, there remain an array of policy options to help de-escalate tensions, increase understanding, build trust, and ultimately pave the way for a peacebuilding process. Join the Korea Peace Network and GWU´s Partnership for International Strategies in Asia as we explore a menu of policy options to build a more peaceful Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia. The all-day event featured discussions with academics, policy analysts, U.S. government officials, practitioners from across the foreign policy spectrum, and more.


9:30-10:45 Panel I
The Korea Exception to the Mine Ban Treaty & Obama´s Last Days in Office
11:00-12:30 Panel II
Remembering the Forgotten: Retrieving the Remains of US Veterans Left in North Korea
1:30-3:00 Panel III
Communication Breakdown: People-to-people Exchanges & Building Understanding
3:30-6:00 Film Screening and remarks on Divided Families
Film: "People are the Sky" - Dai Sil Kim-Gibson

April 19, 2016

Filmmaker Dai Sil Kim-Gibson's New Documentary on North Korea






“People are the Sky” director on documenting meanings of home, family

In the documentary “People are the Sky”, filmmaker and writer Dai Sil Kim-Gibson returns to her birthplace in North Korea after the death of her Iowa-born husband Don. Kim-Gibson, with the goal of discovering what home truly means, finds a country where people live in peace and harmony. READ MORE

March 11, 2016

A Plea for Peace in Korea



Photo: Rally in South Korea calling for the end of military exercises (war games) during the heightened tension in the Korean Peninsula.


“Heart speaks to heart”


By Simone Chun


The latest sanctions on North Korea are having immediate effects, including jingoistic reports from the foreign media on Korea and the halting of humanitarian aid to the North from international NGOs. Now is the time to bolster efforts to promote humanitarian and people-to-people exchange with North Korea: it’s the only channel left under the current political climate.      READ MORE