Publication Launch: Peace and Security in Northeast Asia – The New Normal?

The publication Peace and Security in Northeast Asia: The New Normal was launched in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia on September 13, 2022 on the occasion of the eighth meeting of the Ulaanbaatar Process, a civil society-led dialogue for peace and stability in Northeast Asia. 

This collection features perspectives on peace and security in Northeast Asia, a region still characterized by Cold War-era political interactions, charged with fierce rhetoric, and lacking institutional mechanisms for peace and security. Based on their rich experience as activists, thinkers, and academics in spheres including diplomacy, military strategy, the feminist movement, and youth engagement, among others, our contributors aim to shed light on the following topics:

  • How, in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic and in the shadow of a European war, can Northeast Asian civil society organizations carry out the important task of building peace?
  • What scope is there, at present, for regional or international cooperation on the challenges identified?
  • What scope is there for a pivot towards peace in these circumstances?
  • What opportunities exist in the “new normal” to address not just emerging challenges but also the seemingly intractable problems that have persisted in the region?  

This volume is the third in a series of publications, with previous publications in 2017 and 2019 launched as the first such initiative to bring together voices of civil society experts from all countries represented in the stalled Six Party Talks. Contributors are all involved in various initiatives for peace and denuclearization in Northeast Asia, and united by their involvement with the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC). The volume was edited by Anjeli Narandran and Annelise Giesburt, and coordinated by Meri Joyce.

The Ulaanbaatar Process, launched by GPPAC in 2015, supports the creation of conditions of peace and stability in Northeast Asia through the promotion of greater civil society dialogue and interaction. It is co-convened by Mongolian NGO Blue Banner and GPPAC Northeast Asia, and since 2021 is being carried out with co-funding provided by the European Union’s Instrument contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP). This is being implemented by the GPPAC Foundation in cooperation with Peace Boat, the Regional Secretariat for Northeast Asia, and the Mongolian NGO Blue Banner, for a three-year period.

The editors of this volume and conveners of the Ulaanbaatar Process sincerely hope that both the continued efforts of the Process and the perspectives communicated through this volume will contribute to further building of the mutual understanding, respect and collaboration so crucial in the path towards a truly peaceful future for the Northeast Asian region.

For more information about GPPAC’s work in the region and the Ulaanbaatar Process, please visit gppacnea.org. To request a hard copy of Reflections on Peace and Security in Northeast Asia – Perspectives on the Ulaanbaatar Process, please contact the GPPAC Northeast Asia Regional Secretariat.

Contact: Meri Joyce, Regional Liaison Officer,
Northeast Asia Regional Secretariat c/o Peace Boat
meri@peaceboat.gr.jp

CONTENTS OF PUBLICATION

Foreword by Editors

Chapter 1: Realizing a Nuclear-Free Northeast Asia

  • Enkhsaikhan Jargalsaikhan | Chair, Blue Banner — War in Europe and its effects on Northeast Asia 
  • Kawasaki Akira | Executive Committee Member, Peace Boat; International Steering Group Member, International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) — The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) and Northeast Asia

Chapter 2: Seeking a Lasting Peace on the Korean Peninsula

  • Lee Taeho | Director, Center for Peace and Disarmament, People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy — The Peace Process on the Korean Peninsula: Present Diagnostic and Future Prognostic 
  • Anastasia Barannikova | Research Fellow, ADM Nevelskoy Maritime State University — Sanctions Against the DPRK: Future Threats to Security in Northeast Asia
  • Jennifer Deibert | DPRK Program Director, American Friends Service Committee — Sanctions and Seven Decades of War: The Dangers of the Abnormal Becoming Normal 
  • Kim Jeongsoo | Standing Representative, Women Making Peace, Seoul — The Result of the South Korean Presidential Election and its Impacts and Challenges to South Korea’s Women’s Peace Movement 

Chapter 3: Fostering Inclusion and Diversity in Peacebuilding

  • Kajita Natsuha and Sasaki Moe | Online NARPI! Organizing Team Members, Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute (NARPI) — Youth Inclusion that Starts from Reimagining Leadership
  • Wang Danning | Research Fellow, Charhar Institute — Mainstreaming Gender in the Peacebuilding Process in Northeast Asia: How UNSCR 1325 Framework Can Contribute to Constructing a Regional Action Plan 
  • Moon A-Young and Francis D. Lee | Founder and Representative; Director, Trans-Education for Peace Institute (TEPI) (respectively), PEACEMOMO — Common Security and Peace as Commons 
  • Kageyama Yuuka and Akibayashi Kozue | Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Kyoto — Feminist Solidarity and Network for Peace and Security in Northeast Asia: Toward “New Normal”

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