Darynell Rodríguez Torres
Executive Director, Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC)

Darynell Rodríguez Torres (centre) speaks at the opening of the 2019 Ulaanbaatar Process in August

In 1972, the Nixon administration initiated a process of engagement with China amid a context of rising hostilities. President Nixon’s visit to China and his meeting with Mao Zedong became a landmark in Sino-American relations, as it started a process of de-escalation of hostilities between two countries that saw each other as main foes. …

Kim Jeongsoo
Representative, Women Making Peace

My name is Jeongsoo Kim and I am the standing representative of Women Making Peace, a specialized movement formed to realize reunification and peace on the Korean Peninsula.

It is my hope that this paper will be read by North Korean women for two reasons. First, there is no other way for me to send my message to the women of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). This publication is currently the only official one in which South and North Korean civilians can share their opinions concerning peace building on the Korean peninsula…

Akibayashi Kozue, Doshisha University / Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

Akibayashi Kozue (centre) presents during the Ulaanbaatar Process in August 2019

Introduction: Women, Peace and Security

The pledge of the international community to ensure participation of women in peace and security policies at all levels appeared for the first time in United Nations (UN) Security Council Resolution 1325 (UNSCR 1325), adopted in October 2000. This is the first UN Security Council Resolution that addresses “gender” as an essential element of peace and security. It is a part of “gender mainstreaming,” the overarching UN policy to integrate a gender perspective in all aspects of its policies. …

Okumoto Kyoko and Lee Jae Young
Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute

NARPI participants in Nanjing, August 2019

Background: Northeast Asia

In Northeast Asia, peace training or conflict resolution/transformation is a new concept as a preventive methodology for violence — whether direct, structural and/or cultural, despite the fact that military tensions among countries in the region are much higher than in other regions. Throughout history, Northeast Asians have observed that wars and military conflicts began with misunderstandings, misguided hatred, or political propaganda. It is now time to educate and train coming generations about the fact that weapons have failed to bring harmony and peaceful coexistence in Northeast…

Kathy R. Matsui
Department of Global Citizenship Studies, Seisen University

Kathy Matsui smiles teaching a class at Seisen University
Photo courtesy of Seisen University

Peace and security in Northeast Asia may depend upon developing relationships among nations based on mutual respect and trust; this relationship building may be especially important as historical scars have not been fully healed since the end of World War II. Japan also faces territorial issues with neighboring nations. Tensions in Northeast Asia are also a result of an increase in military spending. There is a need to identify peaceful methods for establishing a foundation for reconciliation and diplomatic relations. Conflict transformation processes and negotiations may resolve the tensions, but…

Anastasia O. Barannikova
Ph.D, Research Fellow, ADM Nevelskoy Maritime State University

Dr Anastasia Barannikova presents at the 2019 Ulaanbaatar Process

The officially declared goal of the United States and others in the continuing dialogue with the DPRK is its verifiable nuclear disarmament; the goal of the latter is to obtain the no less verifiable security guarantees from the US. However, no country concerned has a clear concept of both denuclearization and normalization or the ways in which these goals can be achieved. The lack of flexibility shows a divergence between the official and real goals of the countries in the dialogue. Indeed, signing an agreement with the US cannot…

Jargalsaikhan Enkhsaikhan
Chairman, NGO Blue Banner

Ambassador Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan (right), pictured with parliamentarian N. Oyundari and first democratically elected President of Mongolia, H.E. P. Ochirbat


Compared to the conferences and RTDs on promoting peace and security on the Korean peninsula issues just two years ago, the world has witnessed many positive and somehow promising moments since 2018, including the recent meeting of the US President and the Chairman of DPRK’s as well as the trilateral summit meeting of the leaders of the two Koreas and the US at Panmunjom’s Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The US-DPRK summit meeting helped to overcome the post Hanoi stalemate in US-DPRK talks by agreeing to re-starting the working level negotiations.

In this article I…

Kawasaki Akira*
Peace Boat / International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons

Kawasaki Akira presenting at the 2019 Ulaanbaatar Process Meeting


The 2017 Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) is a humanitarian disarmament treaty that comprehensively and completely prohibits nuclear weapons and provides pathways for their total elimination.1 The treaty also provides victim assistance for those affected by the use or testing of nuclear weapons as well as environmental remediation. 122 countries, nearly two thirds of the member states of the United Nations, voted in support of the adoption of the treaty. …

Daniel Jasper
Public Education and Advocacy Coordinator for Asia, American Friends Service Committee

This article was originally published in The Hill on July 31, 2019.

© Dong-A Ilbo via Getty Images/Getty Images via The Hill

Despite tense rhetoric and recent missile tests, the U.S. and North Korea are still tentatively planning for more talks this summer following Trump’s spontaneous meeting with Kim Jong Un. Time, however, is not on the side of negotiators regardless of Trump’s comments that he is in “no rush” to reach a deal. …

Zhang Ling 1
Director of International Cooperation,
The Charhar Institute

Zhang Ling (center) presents during the 2019 Ulaanbaatar Process meeting

In November 2018, Professor Bae Kwang-Hee and Professor Yang Wook-joo from the Kim Il Sung University of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) were invited to the Charhar Institute Beijing office for an academic visit. During their stay, they lectured on the Korean language for Charhar’s research fellows and staff. Recently, Dr. Han Fangming, Chairman of the Charhar Institute, gave a farewell dinner at which the two professors who were wrapping up their visit to China were officially awarded certificates as senior fellows of the Charhar Institute2.

The six-month…

GPPAC Northeast Asia

Northeast Asia regional network of the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), a global civil society-led network for peacebuilding.

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