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Avoiding A New Korean War


North Korean troops invaded South Korea 25 June, 1950, marking the beginning of the Korean War Photo: AFP

While the Korean War ended in 1953 with a temporary armistice, a formal peace treaty was never signed. The United States is still technically at war with North Korea, and tensions between the two countries remain high.

Many view North Korea as a strange and rogue country that threatens U.S. security. But others argue that North Korea’s actions have legitimate basis and that historical context is critical to understanding the issues.

On this edition, we look at Korea’s past conflicts and current tensions to understand how to avoid another war in the peninsula.


Charles Armstrong, Columbia University’s Associate Professor of Korean Studies; Jade Wu, actress; Paul Liem, President of the Korea Policy Institute; John Feffer, co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies; Jung, Geum Song, Korean War survivor.

For more information:

Korea Policy Institute
Los Angeles, CA

Foreign Policy in Focus
Washington, DC

Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
New York, NY

The Korea Society
New York, NY

National Campaign to End the Korean War
Washington, DC

Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook: North Korea

Nautilus Institute

National Committee on North Korea
washington, DC

Articles, Blogs, and Reports:

North Korea: Beyond the DMZ
Credits and a preview of the film can be viewed.

1994 Agreed Framework
Agreement between the U.S. and North Korea on the resolution of North Korea’s nuclear program.

2000 Joint North/South Korea’s Declaration
Joint statement between North and South Korea on cooperative efforts towards reunification.

Still Present Pasts
Traveling art exhibit


A Different Town by Mychael Danna
Bus by Mychael Danna
Comptine D’un Autre Ete by Yann Tiersen
Lakota Flute Song by Peter Kater
Canon in D by Lee Chang Yui
Arirang by the New York Philharmonic

Author: Kwan

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  1. this piece was short and sweet, and very well articulated, clear delivery by all experts. i have also learned new information from the interview with a survivor. thank you so much for producing it.
    most people never even heard about the Korean war which is a misnomer, i think, it was other people’s war in Korea, and all most people know is demonizing N.Korea, and buying into the mainstream news fear mongering without truly understanding the issues, the reasons that we are in this impasse.

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  2. I happened to catch this show in the car while driving home from work and was horrified by the eyewitness account retold from the survivor. Amerikans have a lot to pay back for, an awful lot. When their time of reckoning comes, it will not be pretty. And still, they don’t know what they’re hated the world over. There is no forgiving ever what they have done.

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