Policy & Research

With the collapse of the Soviet Union, the geopolitical structures of the Cold War era that produced the division of the Korean peninsula have disintegrated. Although China has replaced the Soviet Union as North Korea’s principal ally and economic lifeline, China’s interests have matured from Cold War ideological confrontation to prioritizing economic growth and regional stability. North Korea has become a barrier to the economic development of the region, and North Korea’s international isolation and provocative actions, a source of frustration to China.

Unification is increasingly being studied, not as a distant dream for future generations, but as a realistic and a strategic approach to promoting regional stability, economic growth, and denuclearization of the peninsula. Following the North–South Joint Declaration in 2000, international scholars and Korea experts have increasingly explored scenarios that could provide the impetus for reunification, including the collapse of the North Korean regime and other more measured steps that could accommodate the interests North and South, as well as neighboring countries.

Policy Experts on Korea Reunification

Japan-South Korea: Finding Common Ground

The Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS) and Global Peace Foundation (GPF) have hosted a series of forums addressing issues surrounding the situation of the Korean peninsula. On July 7th, leading experts and academics addressed “Japan-South Korea:...

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Mongolia’s Diplomacy with the Two Koreas

Recording of the special roundtable discussion on Mongolia's unique political and humanitarian relationship with North and South Korea and its view with regard to Korean reunification. This event was in cooperation with the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) and is on the...

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Women’s Role in Social Transformation

Dr. Jun Sook Moon Global Peace Women Leadership ConferenceSeptember, 2014Seoul, KoreaGood morning. It is so wonderful to be here amongst such great leaders and great women. It is even more empowering to be amongst women of faith who are working to advance the vision...

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Global Peace Convention 2014 Dr. Yoon Kyung-Ro

Dr. Kyung-Ro Yoon Former President, Hansung University, at the Global Peace Convention 2014. During the Global Peace Convention 2014, a special breakout session examined a global ethical framework as the foundation for national transformation. To respond to the major...

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Victor Cha Paper at GPLC 2014 Seoul

Dr. Victor Cha Global Peace Leadership ConferenceSeptember 29-30, 2014Seoul, Republic of Korea Theme: “Vision, Principles and Values for the Unified Korea” Panel shot at Global Peace Leadership Conference. A few months ago, the Financial Times had an article talking...

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Dr. Edwin J. Fuelner Address at GPLC 2014 Seoul

Global Peace Leadership Conference September 29-30, 2014 Seoul, Republic of Korea Theme: "Vision, Principles and Values for the Unified Korea" Dr. Edwin J. Fuelner, Founder of The Heritage Foundation; Chairman of Asian Studies Center Reunification of the Korean...

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Korea’s Future and World Peace

Dr. Jin Shin, Professor, Chungnam National University Director/National Strategy Institute, CNU   The paradigm changes of world politics Power shift and paradigm change were predicted in the global political and economic regime at the Davos Forum (World Economic...

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KOICA’s New Models for Development

This paper was prepared for the Korean Reunification Track of the Global Peace Convention 2017 in Manila, Philippines held from February 28-March 3. The Global Peace Convention is a preeminent, world-level platform organized by the Global Peace Foundation and...

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The Road to One Korea Prosperity in Peace

This paper was prepared for the Korean Reunification Track of the Global Peace Convention 2017 in Manila, Philippines held from February 28-March 3. The Global Peace Convention is a preeminent, world-level platform organized by the Global Peace Foundation and...

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Vanguard of Unification, 30,000 NK Defectors

This paper was prepared for the Korean Reunification Track of the Global Peace Convention 2017 in Manila, Philippines held from February 28-March 3. The Global Peace Convention is a preeminent, world-level platform organized by the Global Peace Foundation and...

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USA perspectives for One Korea

Dr. Joseph Bosco Senior associate, the Center for Strategic and International Studies As the program for this session notes, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea poses twin challenges to the people of the Korean Peninsula and to the international community...

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Dr. Young-tae Kwon’s Korean Reunification Speech

The Declaration of Unification presented consists of 6 meanings and 6 action plans. First of all, it clearly states the reunification of the Korean peninsula is both “a fate(or necessity)” and “a hope” From the perspective of “a fate(or necessity)”, it indicates the...

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THE “CHRIST-BUDDHA” PATH TO KOREAN UNITY

THE "CHRIST-BUDDHA" PATH TO KOREAN UNITY Professor Madhav Das Nalapat The term, "Christ-Buddha path to Korean unity" refers to the need for the North Korean leadership to show the wisdom of Lord Buddha and for the South Korean side to exhibit the compassion of Jesus...

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Hongik Ingan as the Governance Principle of One Korea

Hongik Ingan (????|????) Dr. Jai Poong Ryu The present situation in and around the Korean peninsula in its 72nd year of the division is so dangerously unstable that a solution must be found to alleviate it.  Since early 2016 right into the present, calls for answers...

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Russia’s Efforts for Peace and Reconciliation in Korea

Russia’s Efforts for Peace and Reconciliation in Korea Dr. Alexander Zhebin I. Introduction History proved that any serious aggravation of the situation, the more so armed conflicts on the Korean peninsula always jeopardized Russia's security, compelling her to...

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Resources on Korean Division and Reunification

Center for Strategic and International Studies

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is one of the world’s preeminent international policy institutions focused on defense and security, regional study, and transnational challenges ranging from energy and trade to global development and economic integration. For the past six years consecutively, CSIS has been named the world’s number one think tank for international security by the University of Pennsylvania’s “Go To Think Tank Index.” The CSIS Chair partners with a number of groups to organize international conferences and forums to bring greater transparency and understanding to issues associated with planning for the unification of the Korean peninsula.

HeritageFoundation

The Heritage Foundation is a leading American research institute based in Washington, D.C. The foundation took a leading advisory role during the presidency of Ronald Reagan, whose policies were taken from Heritage’s policy study Mandate for Leadership. Heritage has since continued to have a significant influence in U.S. public policy, and is considered to be one of the most influential conservative research organizations in the United States.

Global Peace Foundation

The Global Peace Foundation (GPF) is an international nonprofit organization with a stated mission to promote “an innovative, values-based approach to peacebuilding, guided by the vision of One Family under God.” GPF partners with government ministries, community and faith-based organizations, and United Nations offices to develop and execute programs.

Ministry of Unification

The Ministry of Unification is an executive department of the South Korean government aimed at promoting Korean reunification. It was first established in 1969 as the National Unification Board, under the rule of Park Chung-hee. It gained its current status in 1998 and has played a major role in promoting inter-Korean dialogues, and exchanges and cooperation.