Tensions have escalated sharply between the United States and North Korea since January 2016 and the current presidential transitions in the U.S. and South Korea are creating a climate of uncertainty in North East Asia. As provocative actions continue from both sides, risk of miscalculation or military action is increasing. However, too often we hear of calculated strategy and not the human toll of the ongoing division of Korea. This workshop will explore the human side of the conflict through current civil society programs on the ground in North Korea as well as opportunities that exist to use humanitarian issues as bridges to higher level dialogue.
Daniel Jasper, American Friends Service Committee; Fr. Pat Cunningham, Missionary Society of St. Columban; Dr. Ki Ho Yi, Hanshin University, part of National Council of Churches in Korea delegation