How a Peace-First Approach Can Resolve the Security Crisis on the Korean Peninsula

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An Australian Launch Event for 'Path to Peace: The Case for a Peace Agreement to End the Korean War.'

The University of Melbourne's Initiative for Peacebuilding, in collaboration with the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, invite you to join us as we launch a timely new report that explores how a peace-first approach can resolve the security crisis on the Korean Peninsula. Released by Korea Peace Now! — a global coalition of women’s peace organisations — and written by an international group of experts, the report makes the case that a peace agreement would lower tensions and make room for progress on issues such as improved human rights and denuclearisation.

With negotiations between the United States and North Korea at a standstill, and the recent concerns about increased militarised and nuclearised securitisation (i.e., AUKUS agreements), there is an urgent need for a new approach. Rather than rely on more threats and pressure-based tactics, which have failed to deter North Korea’s nuclear ambitions, the United States should instead work toward the immediate signing of a peace agreement in order to finally end the 70-year-old Korean War, the authors argue.

‘Path to Peace’ panellists include:

  • Christine Ahn, Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, and a co-author of the report.
  • Meri Joyce, Northeast Asia Regional Liaison Officer for the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), Women Cross DMZ, and Goodwill Ambassador for Peace on the Korean Peninsula.
  • Dr Jay Song, Korea Foundation Senior Lecturer in Korean Studies, and Research Coordinator for Migration, Gender and Environment, in the Asia Institute, The University of Melbourne.
  • Dr Emma Leslie, Director, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, Cambodia.

Participant Q&A will be moderated by Dr Tania Miletic (Initiative for Peacebuilding).