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Ending America’s Forever War in Korea
Thu June 24, 2021 @ 8:00 pm EDT
Webinar: Ending America’s Forever War in Korea
Thursday, June 24, 2021 at 5:00pm Pacific Daylight Time / 8:00pm Eastern Daylight Time / Friday, June 25, 2021 at 9:00am Korea Standard Time
This event will include simultaneous translation in Korean.
On the 71st anniversary of what is officially recognized as the start of the Korean War, World BEYOND War will present a panel discussion with preeminent Korea historian Bruce Cumings, Korean-American peace activist Christine Ahn, and Youngjae KIM, a peace activist based in Seongju, South Korea. They will reflect upon the neglected history and human costs of the unresolved war and discuss what is needed to finally bring closure to America’s oldest, endless war.
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Christine Ahn is the Founder and Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War and ensure women’s leadership in peace building. In 2015, she led 30 international women peacemakers across the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) from North Korea to South Korea. They walked with 10,000 Korean women on both sides of the DMZ and held women’s peace symposia in Pyongyang and Seoul. Ahn is the International Coordinator of the Korea Peace Now! transnational campaign, which Women Cross DMZ launched in 2019 with three other feminist peace organizations. Christine helped create the Feminist Peace Initiative, which Women Cross DMZ built with MADRE and Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, to reimagine a feminist, movement-driven US foreign policy. She has addressed the United Nations, the US Congress, Canadian Parliament and the ROK National Human Rights Commission. Her op-eds have appeared in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and she is a regular contributor on MSNBC, Democracy Now!, and CNN.
Bruce Cumings teaches modern Korean history, international history and East Asian political economy at the University of Chicago, where he has taught since 1987 and where he is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor and the chairman of the History Department. He is the author of The Origins of the Korean War, Korea’s Place in the Sun: A Modern History, North Korea: Another Country, co-author of Inventing the Axis of Evil, and the editor of the modern volume of the Cambridge History of Korea (forthcoming). He is a frequent contributor to The London Review of Books, The Nation, Current History, the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, and Le Monde Diplomatique.
Youngjae KIM is a peace activist in Seongju, South Korea. He has been organizing actions with villagers for withdrawal of the US THAAD missile defense system in Seongju. He has resided in Soseong-ri, a small village in Seongju where villagers live next to the US THAAD base since 2017 when the US military deployed the THAAD system. He served as a staff member at the Solidarity for Peace and Reunification of Korea (SPARK) for 10 years including working for the No THAAD Situation Office for five years. He joined struggles against construction of a naval base in Gangjeong, Jeju in 2012 and 2013.