Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication Date: May 2017
Strengthening Understanding through Dialogue is a conflict analysis that takes a peacebuilding approach to the Korean Peninsula Conflict. The analysis focuses on the four governments that are party to the conflict – the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, the United States, and the People’s Republic of China – and outlines the role of each party in the key driving factors of the conflict. More importantly, the analysis emphasises that despite the role these governments occupy in this conflict, they also retain the power to influence the course of the conflict, especially the US and DPRK.
Strengthening Understanding through Dialogue demonstrates that it is only through deepening the understanding of each others perspectives and interests through engagement that the conflict parties can begin building the relationships required to transform the tensions in the Korean Peninsula Conflict into sustainable diplomatic relations, and identifies several leverage points as possible steps towards this end.