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[Newsletter Vol.5] The ‘Era of Peace Studies’ Opening on the Island of World Peace 2018-05-18
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The ‘Era of Peace Studies’ Opening on the Island of World Peace
Jeju Forum to Hold Sessions on ‘Sustainable Peace’ and ‘Inequality’

Amid growing expectations of peace on the Korean peninsula, more voices are calling for 
more efforts to promote peace studies. Jeju Peace Institute, which was established as a 
platform for peace studies and international cooperation in 2006 when Jeju Island was 
designated as the Island of World Peace, is to explore a new paradigm to implement peace 
in this era, jointly with internationally acclaimed peace research institutes attending the Jeju 
Forum this year. 

The session entitled “Towards a Sustainable Peace: Restorative Justice and Peace Education” 
from 3:20 p.m. to 4:50 p.m. on June 27, the second day of the Jeju Forum, co-sponsored by 
Jeju Peace Institute and the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University of 
Notre Dame will review recent developments in peace studies in the context of the 
correlation between peace and justice. 

George A. Lopez, Professor Emeritus at the Kroc Institute; Ma Sang-Yoon, Director-General 
for policy planning at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; David Hooker and Mahan Mirza, 
professors at University of Notre Dame; Kim Ji Eun, Professor at Eastern Mennonite 
University; and Yi Seong-Woo, Research Fellow at Jeju Peace Institute will participate in the 
session to discuss how restorative justice contributes to post-dispute peace-building, and 
how peace education with more rigorous and innovative programs can help better respond 
to ethnic, religious, and inter-state conflicts. 

As a representative hub of peace studies in the U.S. which conducts researches on the 
causes of violent disputes and sustainable peace, the Kroc Institute has developed the Peace 
Accord Matrix and monitored the implementation of 34 peace agreements made across the 
world since 1989. 

The “Inequality: A Challenge for Our World” session from 5:10 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. on June 
27, co-sponsored by Jeju Peace Institute and the Graduate Institute of Peace Studies (GIP) at 
Kyunghee University, will hold a discussion on Goal 10 of the Sustainable Development 
Goals (SDGs), “to reduce inequality within and among countries.”

This session is to respond to the continued attention and efforts to redress inequality within 
country and between countries amid economic instability, as a follow-up to the special 
meeting on inequality held by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United 
Nations in 2016. 

This session is moderated by Prof. Oh Joon of the GIP at Kyunghee University, who was 
president of ECOSCO in 2016, and Nikhil Seth, Executive Director of the United Nations 
Institute for Training and Research, Prof. Kwon Gibung, Rector of the GIP, Prof. You Jong-Il 
of the KDI School of public policy and management and Erik Iverson, Managing Director of 
the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, will discuss the political, economic, social and 
international aspects of the inequality issue.