PACSC Asia Holds Conference on Cities of Peace with Hanns Seidel Foundation

Mason Korea’s Peace and Conflict Studies Center Asia (PACSC Asia) held a ground-breaking conference titled “Cities and Zones of Peace: Creating a Sustainable Process” in partnership with Hanns Seidel Foundation (HSF) Korea at the IGC Small Theater yesterday.

photoThe conference aimed to build on a long-term joint research project and a problem-solving workshop conducted in Kosong (DMZ area), South Korea where scholars and students met to brainstorm and create the initial template for true Cities and Zones of Peace for eventual Korean unification.

Dr. Roland Wilson, Co-Director of PACSC Asia, presented the project background and results of the problem-solving workshop. Yong June Kim, a junior Conflict Analysis and Resolution major at Mason Korea and researcher at HSF Korea, discussed different examples of Cities of Peace. Mason Korea Academic Dean Dr. Shannon Davis also delivered a welcoming address.

Expert guest speakers Dr. Geunwoo Nam (Hanyang University), Mr. Insik Bae (Chairman of Onhappy NGO), and Dr. Jiho Ahn (Goyang Research Institute) were also invited to give presentations and engage in a panel discussion on ways to improve the initial criteria for Cities and Zones of Peace and create a sustainable process.

The conference concluded with a discussion on next steps by Dr. Wilson and Dr. Bernhard Seliger, Resident Representative at HSF Korea.

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