Co-sponsored Event
Friday, December 1, 2017 (All day) to Saturday, December 2, 2017 (All day)

Co-organized by the North East Asian Peace Center

With security tensions running high in Northeast Asia, exploring possibilities for peaceful frameworks of engagement is urgent in both theory and practice. This international conference seeks to examine existing structures as well as emerging ones. It aims to broaden the discussion into actionable ideas in an effort to think creatively about how best to free a region mired in the perilous politics of memory wars. Topics will revolve around a frank assessment of the architecture of the American led 1952 Allied peace settlement with Japan (the San Francisco Treaty) in order to examine its transformation through the Cold War era until today. The role of civic engagement throughout gives critical voice to this initial framework’s shortcomings and offers ideas about peaceful strategies for moving forward.

Our co-organizer, North East Asia Peace Center, is concerned with peace-related issues such as denuclearization, disarmament, and history of memory. Founded in 1977 by late Je Jeong-gu (1944-1999), who was a member of South Korea's National Assembly, an anti-poverty activist, and a recipient of 1986 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the center provides a forum for the region's activists, journalists, policy leaders, and scholars. Throughout each year, the center organizers conferences, lectures, and workshops, as well as producing publications on relevant topics.

Just as did the Columbia conference, this year’s conference at Penn will host participants from at least four countries, namely China, Japan, South Korea, and the United States. Friday, December 1 will feature 2 keynote speakers and 2 panels (each with 5 presenters and 2 discussants). Then on Saturday, a closed-door morning session open only to the participants will discuss, “What next?”



Victor D. CHA (Senior Adviser and Korea Chair, Center for Strategic and International Studies)

Jacques DeLISLE (Director, Center for East Asian Studies, U. of Pennsylvania)

Frederick R. DICKINSON (Co-Director, Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, U. of Pennsylvania)

Alexis DUDDEN (Professor of History, U. of Connecticut)

John FEFFER (Director, Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies)

Avery GOLDSTEIN (Director, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, U. of Pennsylvania)

HU Dekun (Dean, China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies and Institute for International Studies, Wuhan U.)

JUNG Byung-Joon (Professor of History, Ewha Womans U.)

Sung Y. KIM (U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines)—to be confirmed

KIM Young-Ho (Director, North East Asian Peace Center)

Se-Woong KOO (Publisher and Co-Founder, Korea Exposé)

LEE Jang-Hie (Judge, Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague)

LEE Jong-Guk (Research Fellow, Northeast Asian History Foundation)

Koichi NAKANO (Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia U.)

Kathleen STEPHENS (Perry Fellow, Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, Stanford U.)—to be confirmed

Haruki WADA (Professor Emeritus of History, U. of Tokyo)

YI Tae-Jin (President, Korean Institute for Historical Research)