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The U.S. Lifts Suspension of “War Games” With South Korea

The U.S. Lifts Suspension of “War Games” With South Korea

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis indicated this week that the U.S. will lift a suspension of joint military exercises with South Korea. This announcement, in addition to President Trump's recent cancelation of his State Department's visit to Pyongyang, goes against what Peace Science tells us about the importance of granting concessions and avoiding provocations during intense negotiations.

Civil Society’s Important Peacebuilding Role On The Korean Peninsula

Civil Society’s Important Peacebuilding Role On The Korean Peninsula

The United States has downplayed the importance of including civil society in the peace talks between North and South Korea. However, civil society has a proven track record in this area: history and research show that by including civil society in negotiations, the strength and longevity of peace agreements are increased. 

Stop Military Exercises And Give Diplomacy A Chance

Stop Military Exercises And Give Diplomacy A Chance

Context: “On the heels of a meeting between North and South Korea in which Kim Jong-un reportedly put denuclearization on the table, a grassroots coalition of more than 200 anti-war organizations and activists sent an open letter (pdf) to President Donald Trump on Thursday

How Experts and Politicians Understand Conflict Differently

This analysis is from Volume 3, Issue 1 of the Peace Science Digest Conflict is viewed differently by all actors involved, especially by those at the various levels of diplomacy working to bring conflict to a peaceful resolution. This research

Beware of spoilers in diplomacy

Beware of spoilers in diplomacy

U.S. Vice President Pence is condemning North Korea’s participation in the Olympics as “propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic games”

Talk About Talks With North Korea

Talk About Talks With North Korea

"We believe the best way to proceed would be to first hold bilateral 'talks about talks' without preconditions." Track-2 Diplomacy does not use carrots and sticks, focuses on problem-solving, changes the perceptions on both sides and paves the way for official negotiations.

Special Issue: Nuclear Weapons

Special Issue: Nuclear Weapons

Inside this issue, we analyze research on the negligent dismissal of environmental and health considerations during the world’s race to develop nuclear weapons. The second analysis examines how the perceived legitimacy, power, and language of certain people can influence thinking and policy on nuclear disarmament efforts. The third analysis examines how gender and Western domination of knowledge shape nuclear discourse. In the fourth analysis, we highlight the importance of devaluing nuclear weapons not only as material, but as social objects. Finally, we examine empirical research that considers U.S. proximity and power as the main contributor to North Korea’s nuclear ambitions.

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