[Book] Beyond the Armistice

Beyond the Armistice
Efforts for Peace on the Korean Peninsula

  • Publisher : Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Date of Publishing : October 2023
  • Country : Cambodia
  • Language : English

The book “Beyond the Armistice – Efforts for Peace on the Korean Peninsula” is a compilation of interviews with individuals from different countries, sectors, and generations, who are committed to advocating peace on the Korean Peninsula.

These individuals, which include civil society leaders, former policymakers, diplomats, aid experts, and educators, share their journeys in peacebuilding or efforts in engaging in dialogues. Their insights shed light on the complexities of the Korean Peninsula tension, where the unresolved Korean War has caused structural injustices for over seven decades that sustain a system of division and play a significant role in rising tensions and hostilities on the Peninsula and beyond.

They urge for an immediate resumption of dialogue to reduce tension and rebuild trust, calling for a cessation of hostilities by all parties, a shift from a militarised security narrative, and a more robust, inclusive process for peace that includes the voices of people affected by the conflict. The book documents a variety of suggestions and recommendations for the policy community and civil society groups to work together towards achieving these goals.

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CONTENTS

Acknowledgements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Foreword. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
Jeffrey Feltman, Former Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs
of the United Nations
Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
Together we can build an on-ramp to peace
Yi Kiho. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
Executive Director of the Center for Peace and Public Integrity at Hanshin University
Reflections on my 30-year peacebuilding journey and hopes for the future
Glyn Ford. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38
Director of Track2Asia, Executive Director of Polint, and Former Member of the European Parliament
There are no solutions absent of dialogue.
The sooner the dialogues start, the better
Nam Boo Won. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 51
General Secretary of the Asia Pacific Alliance of YMCAs
Collaboration is significant in our response to the system of division
Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61
Chairman of Blue Banner, and Former Diplomat of Mongolia
Make a habit of dialogue to promote regional peace, justice and cooperation
Hwang Sooyoung. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71
Manager of the Centers for Peace and Disarmament and International Solidarity at People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), and General Secretary of the Korea Peace Appeal
Let’s come together as a united voice that 70 years of war is more than enough!
Moon A-Young. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 86
Representative and Peace Education Facilitator at PEACEMOMO
Move beyond the “us and them” mentality – Create a discourse for peace through mutual learning
Douglas Hostetter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 99
Human relationships are the foundation of peacebuilding Member of Pax Christi International UN Advocacy Team, former Director of the Mennonite Central Committee United Nations Office
Kim Jeongsoo. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 119
Representative of Women Making Peace
We need to build a process of dialogue to overcome our fear of war and avoid dependence on the so-called deterrence strategy
Christine Ahn. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 135
Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ
Mobilise a women-powered movement to shift the militarisation of U.S. foreign policy
Kee Park. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 148
Director of Policy and Advocacy of the Program in Global Surgery and Social Change at Harvard Medical School
Peace is the prerequisite for health, and health can also be a bridge towards peace
Linda Lewis. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 162
Former DPRK Program Director of the American Friends Service Committee
Untried alternatives to building trust and fostering peace with the DPRK
O Ryong Il. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 173
Presidium Member of the Korean National Peace Committee
An interview from 2019 in Pyongyang
About the Contributors. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 175
Table of Abbreviations and Acronyms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 185

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