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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
Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
New York, NY
The Korea Society
New York, NY
National Campaign to End the Korean War
Central Intelligence Agency’s World Factbook: North Korea
National Committee on North Korea
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