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Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Militarization

When: Friday, October 21, 2011, 4:00 pm to Saturday, October 22, 2011, 3:00 pm
Where: American University • Washington

A U.S. peace movement capacity building conference

Sponsored by: American Friends Service Committee, American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute, Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, Historians Against the War, Korean Policy Initiative, Nodutol, Peace Action, (initial listing)

Panels on Northeast and Southeast Security Issues, Peace Movement Campaigns and Workshops (see below).

Additional information, including registration, is accessible at www.afsc.org/pes.

Please join us and consider having your organization co-sponsor this uniquely important conference.

Even as the Pentagon has been pursuing its Long War across the Middle East and Central Asia, the campaign to contain China has been driving U.S. strategic war planning and military spending.

Our movements to prevent war and to address the impacts of the militarization of the federal budget are not prepared to the long term designs of the Pentagon, right-wing and the Military-Industrial-Complex to reinforce and deepen U.S. militarism across the Asia-Pacific.

As former U.S. Ambassador to China R. Stapleton Roy put it, “we poked China in the eye” by sending the nuclear powered and nuclear capable aircraft carrier the U.S.S. George Washington into the East China Sea “because we could.”

The U.S. still has more than 100 military bases and installations across Japan. In Korea, activists have engaged in hunger strikes and been jailed for opposing the decimation of their communities with new U.S. military bases. The U.S. now has tacit military alliances with Vietnam and India and is exploring the return of military bases to the Philippines. The National Military Strategy issued in 2010 also calls for expanded military cooperation with Thailand, Malaysia, Pakistan, Indonesia and Singapore.

While the US economy stagnates under the tremendous burden of its military expenditures, China has poured resources into becoming the world’s workshop and building 21st century infrastructures and technologies. As the world’s financial centers tilt towards Beijing, new military spending in the region has increased the complexities of its territorial disputes with Japan and ASEAN nations with competing claims to South China Sea islands. A growing number of militarized “incidents” and violent conflict have also occurred on the Korean Peninsula.

The conference goals are:
• Build our movements’ capacities to understand and respond to these developments
• Identify and promote campaigns that challenge Asia-Pacific militarism and that advocate meaningful alternatives.
• Facilitate solidarity between U.S. and Asia-Pacific peace movements, advocates and campaigns

Panels will be devoted to Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, and peace movement campaigns

• Workshops to include:
Asia-Pacific Peace Movements
Southeast Asia
Central/South Asia
Economic Realities & Dynamics of the Asia-Pacific
Global Costs of Miliarism
History 101: U.S. in Asia-Pacific
Human Rights
Korea
Nuclear Weapons Abolition
U.S.-China relations

 

  • Jean Athey - Peace Action National Board & leading figure in the campaign to cut Pentagon spending to meet human needs
  • Shen Dingli -  Director of Center American Studies Executive Vice Dean of the Institute of International Affairs, Fudan University (often quoted in the New York Times)
  • Herbert Docena -Filipino researcher for Focus on the Global South working with NGOs and social movements
  • John Feffer  - Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, Institute for Policy Studies
  • Bruce Gagnon - Coordinator, Global Network Against Weapons and Nuclear Power in Space
  • Joseph Gerson Disarmament Coordinator, American Friends Service Committee
  • Takakusaki Hiroshi Co-Convener, World Conference against Atomic and  Hydrogen Bombs (Hiroshima & Nagasaki)
  •  Kayashige Junko - Hiroshima A-Bomb Survivor, artist and abolition campaigner 
  • Zia Mian - Scientist, scholar and extraordinary scholar at Princeton University
  • Madame Yan Junqi - Vice President of the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament and Vice President of the Standing Committee of the Chinese People’s Congress
  • Yanae Pak - A leading figure in the courageous and militant nonviolent resistance to building a new military base on Jeju Island in Korea

 

For more information contact: JGerson@afsc.org or phone: 617-661-6130.

This conference will also serve as the 4th Peace Forum organized by The American Friends Service Committee and the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament.

More Info: http://afsc.org/event/peace-asia-and-pacific-alternatives-asia-pacific-militarization
For registration & discounted hotel reservations*: http://afsc.org/PeaceInAsiaPacific

*For discounts, hotel reservations must be made by September 21.

Conference initiated by American Friends Service Committee and Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament. Participating organizations include: American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute, Historians against the war, Korea Policy Institute, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Nodutol, Peace Acton, United for Peace and Justice, Survival Education fund, Veterans for Peace – Korea Peace Campaign.

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