International Symposium
Friday, December 1, 2017 (All day)

International Symposium

Victor D. Cha, Wada Haruki, and others

Perry World House 

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?”


Register Here 


Conference  Agenda

Breakfast and Registration


Opening Session

Welcome Remarks: Steven J. Fluharty
Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania

Keynote Speech: Kim Young-Ho 
Director, North East Asia Peace Center

Moderator: Eugene Y. Park 
Director, James Joo-Jin Kim Program in Korean Studies, University of Pennsylvania


Panel 1: History
Moderator: Koichi Nakano
Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University

"The Treaty of San Francisco from the Perspective of International Peace Movements in Early Twentieth-Century America"
Yi Tae-Jin 
Professor Emeritus of Korean History, Seoul National University

"The San Francisco Peace Treaty and Territorial Issues: Information Packages on Territorial Issues from the Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Their Impact"
Jung Byung-Joon 
Professor of History, Ewha Womans University

"Analysis on Why the San Francisco Peace Treaty Changed the Allies’ Disposal of East Asian Territories"
Hu Dekun
Dean, China Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies and Institute for International Studies,
Wuhan University

"Now or Never: Peaceful Possibility in Northeast Asia"
Alexis Dudden 
Professor of History, University of Connecticut

Discussant: Frederick R. Dickinson
Co-Director, Joseph H. Lauder Institute for Management and International Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant: Yang Chan
Lecturer, Chiina Institute of Boundary and Ocean Studies and Institute for International Studies. 

Discussant: Jacques deLisle 
Director, Center for East Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania



Panel 2: International Law and Relations
Moderator: Alexis Dudden
Professor of History, University of Connecticut

"The US-North Korean Crisis and Japan’s Responsibility"
Haruki Wada

Professor Emeritus of History, University of Tokyo

"Sovereignty: Building Block or Stumbling Block in Resolving Northeast Asian Security Disputes?"
John Feffer
Director, Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policies Studies

"The Comfort Women Saga: Politics of Memory and a Need for Transnational Reframing"
Se-Woong Koo 
Co-Founder, publisher, and author, Korea Exposé

"Tasks for Adopting 'Civil Society Charter' towards Peace and Human Rights in East Asia for Overcoming the San Francisco Peace Treaty System"
Lee Jang-Hie 
Judge, Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague

"Can the New Civil Society Activism Stop Japan’s Shift to the Right?"
Koichi Nakano 
Dean of the Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University

Discussant: Avery Goldstein 
Director, Center for the Study of Contemporary China, University of Pennsylvania

Discussant: Lee Jong-Guk 
Research Fellow, Northeast Asian History Foundation







Victor D. Cha, Georgetown University

Jacques deLisle, University of Pennsylvania

Frederick R. Dickinson, University of Pennsylvania

Alexis Dudden, University of Connecticut

John Feffer, Institute for Policy Studies

Avery Goldstein, University of Pennsylvania

Hu Dekun, Wuhan University 

Jung Byung-Joon, Ewha Womans University

Kim Young-Ho, North East Asian Peace Center

Se-Woong KooKorea Exposé

Lee Jang-Hie, Permanent Court of Arbitration, Hague

Lee Jong-Guk, Northeast Asian History Foundation

Koichi Nakano, Sophia University

Eugene Y. Park, University of Pennsylvania

Haruki Wada, University of Tokyo

Chan Yang, Wahun University 

YI Tae-Jin, Seoul National University