The Korean War – the first major conflict of the Cold War – broke out in 1950. Several Euro-pean countries sent troops in support of the United Nations Command. Until then a relatively un-known country in the West, Korea was put on the map. The armistice signed in July 1953 brought an end to the armed conflict on the peninsula, which remained divided between North and South. However, no peace treaty was signed. Whether there will ever be lasting peace depends in great part on the major powers in the region.
Europe’s role has evolved from military intervention to a soft power approach, economic cooperation with South Korea, humanitarian aid for and diplomacy with North Korea. Drawing on their experience in conflict management, the panelists will address the question of Europe’s contribution to the easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
Moderator: Mr. Peter Haider, President, UPF Austria
Dr. Walter Feichtinger, President, Center for Strategic Analysis (CSA) in Vienna
Mr. Alyn Ware, Director, Peace and Disarmament Program, World Future Council
Dr. Beatrice Bischof, Foreign Affairs Association, Munich, Germany
Dr. Dieter Schmidt, Medical doctor, Chairman of UPF Central Europe
In the latter part of the webinar, the Closing Session will feature a summary of recommendations expressed in this ILC 2021 webinar series.
Moderator: Mr. Jacques Marion, Co-chair, UPF Europe & Middle East, France
Dr. Katsumi Otsuka, Chair, UPF Europe & Middle East
Dr. Afsar Rathor, President of LIOS, Austria
Dr. Michael Balcomb, Regional President, FFWPU Europe and the Middle East, United Kingdom