On May 10, 2017, our colleagues at the Women Cross DMZ and the Fellowship of Reconciliation will co-host a webinar on the new South Korean administration.
On May 9, millions of South Koreans will cast their ballots and elect their next President of the Republic of Korea (ROK). The front-runner is Moon Jae-in, a human rights lawyer and former Chief of Staff to President Roh Moo-Hyun, the last liberal South Korean president. Moon has pledged to renew dialogue with Pyongyang and has called for re-considering deployment of the US THAAD missile defense system, which has placed Seoul in the middle of tensions between Washington and Beijing.
Leading experts from the United States and South Korea will discuss the following issues:
- What will a new South Korean administration mean for inter-Korean relations and the U.S.-ROK alliance, particularly in light of heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea? What about China and Japan?
- What lessons can be gleaned from the last liberal government in South Korea that promoted a sunshine policy with North Korea?
- What role will and can civil society play in promoting improved relations, including interfaith, humanitarian, and track III diplomacy initiatives?
- How can peace, nonviolent and faith-based movements in the United States and globally support this new wind of change blowing on the Korean peninsula?
- Gayoon Baek, Coordinator, Peace and International Solidarity Team, People’s Solidarity for Participatory Democracy (PSPD), Seoul, Republic of Korea
- Simone Chun, Lecturer, Northeastern University, Seattle, USA
- Doug Hostetter, Director, Mennonite Central Committee U.N. Office, New York City, USA
- Tim Shorrock, Journalist, Gwangju, Republic of Korea
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 10, 2017
- 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
- 5:00 pm Pacific Standard Time
- 2:00 pm Hawai’i Standard Time
- 9:00 am Seoul Standard Time (May 11)
Register now for this free webinar!