International Forum on One Korea to be held in Washington D.C.

Naomi Yakawich
November 13, 2017

North Korea’s growing capacity to develop and deploy nuclear-armed ballistic missiles has heightened tensions on the Korean peninsula and escalated global security concerns to the highest level. In response to the grave threat posed by North Korea, the Global Peace Foundation will co-convene forums with the EastWest Institute, Action for Korea United, and One Korea Foundation at the Dirksen Senate Building and Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington D.C. on November 14-15. Leading Korean policymakers, international scholars and grass-roots civil society leaders will explore multi-sector efforts in support of Korean unification to resolve the security and human rights crisis.

U.S President Donald J. Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, accompanied by their wives, arrive for talks on the growing threat posed by North Korea at the Blue House in Seoul, Nov. 7, 2017. [Photo Credit:] White House photo by Shealah Craighead

Decades of political and diplomatic efforts have had little influence in deterring North Korea’s drive to acquire nuclear weapons or in moderating its extreme human rights abuses. The forums will focus on Korean-led unification initiatives that transcend Cold War-era geopolitics and underscore the shared history and culture of the divided people as the best hope for an ultimate resolution of the problems of the Korean peninsula.

Convening just days after U.S. President Donald Trump visited Japan, South Korea and China to address the North Korean threat, Korea experts will examine essential elements of a “Korean-led” unification process, including multi-sector participation and citizen engagement. Strategies for building global support for this Korean-led process will also be considered.

Forum speakers include Rev. Kenneth Bae, President of the Nehemiah Global Initiative and the longest-held American prisoner in North Korea; Dr. Edwin Feulner, Founder and President of the Heritage Foundation; a delegation of six members of Korea’s National Assembly; and other scholars, economists and human rights advocates from Japan, Russia and the United States.

The forums will highlight common security and economic interests among neighboring states and examine the potential contributions of nations such as India and Mongolia in resolving the Korean conflict, as well as fresh approaches to engage China and other key stakeholder nations in collaborative efforts to advance peace and economic development.

The forums are co-convened by the Global Peace Foundation, Action for Korea United, EastWest Institute, and One Korea Foundation in partnership with the National Unification Advisory Council of the Republic of Korea.

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