Off-Ramps to War: Paths to Building Peace with North Korea

13 Jun 2017 - 09:00

Washington, DC

Off-Ramps to War:  

Paths to Building Peace with North Korea

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

The Elliott School of International Affairs
Lindner Family Commons

Sixth Floor, Room 602

1957 E Street, NW

Washington, DC 20052

Please RSVP at:

*Light refreshments will be provided.

Keynote speakers

William J. Perry, former US Secretary of Defense, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University

Bruce Cumings, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in History, University of Chicago


Jason Ahn, Physician and Filmmaker – Divided Families Film

Rick Downes, Coalition of Families of Korean and Cold War POW/MIAs

Doug Hostetter, Mennonite Central Committee, UN Office

Nan Kim, Professor, University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Linda Lewis, American Friends Service Committee

Ann Wright, Retired US Army Colonel and Diplomat; Veterans for Peace

Katharina Zellweger, Visiting Fellow, Stanford Center for International Security and Cooperation

Sponsored by the Korea Peace Network 

Tensions on the Korean peninsula have come dangerously close to a military confrontation that could engulf the entire region in a nuclear war. While there is consensus that the policy of Strategic Patience has failed to contain North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs, few alternatives have emerged that deal with the whole range of issues facing the Korean peninsula, including the ongoing human legacies of the unresolved Korean conflict.

With new administrations in Washington and Seoul, an opportunity exists to bring forward fresh perspectives and ideas to deal with the 64-year old Korean conflict.

Please join the Korea Peace Network (KPN) and Partnerships for International Strategies in Asia (PISA) for a daylong conference on promising policy options that can defuse tensions between Washington and Pyongyang, while helping to heal those most impacted by the legacies of the Korean War.

The event will feature keynote addresses from former Secretary of Defense William Perry who successfully negotiated a freeze of North Korea’s nuclear program and the acclaimed Korea historian Bruce Cumings on lessons we can learn from the past towards building a peaceful future.

The conference will also feature the voices of those most directly impacted by the unresolved conflict, from families of US servicemen who served in the Korean War to Korean-Americans still separated from their families in North Korea. It will also include rare insights from on-the-ground humanitarian aid and development practitioners working with North Koreans.

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