[KS] UC Berkeley Symposium "Divided Nations and Their Neighbors: Paths to Reconciliation? on November 6th, 2015

Cksassist Departmental cksassist at berkeley.edu
Thu Oct 22 19:26:34 EDT 2015

​​​​​​​*The Center for Korean Studies*
*University of California, Berkeley*
*cordially invites you to*​

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*Divided Nations and Their Neighbors:*
*Paths to Reconciliation?*

Friday, November 6th | 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM | 180 Doe Library

*Registration is required. Free registration is available HERE
*Please register by October 30th.*

Featured Speakers: *Stephan Haggard*
<http://gps.ucsd.edu/faculty-directory/stephan-haggard.html>, UC San
Diego; *Lily
Gardner Feldman* <http://www.aicgs.org/expert/lily-gardner-feldman/>, Johns
Hopkins University

Sponsors: Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS) <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/>
, Institute of European Studies <http://ies.berkeley.edu/>, Center for
Korean Studies (CKS) <http://ieas.berkeley.edu/cks/>, The Institute of the
Humanities for Unification <http://tongil.konkuk.ac.kr/eng/>

This conference, sponsored jointly by the Institute of East Asian Studies,
Institute of European Studies, and Center for Korean Studies, will compare
the experience of Germany, the two Koreas, and China-Taiwan as divided

The three sessions will consist of panels focused on 1) the domestic
politics of division and reconciliation, 2) divided nations and regional
stability/instability, and 3) The political economy of division and

Divided nations can foster potential international instability and domestic
discontent. Indeed, the Korean DMZ and Taiwan Strait remain two of the most
critical global hot spots. Internally, Taiwan's politics have frequently
been driven by issues related to its relations with China. Germany, after
World War II was a divided nation, surrounded by hostile and wary
neighbors. Germany has now united and made peace with France, Poland, the
Czech Republic. And the inevitable wariness in Germany’s relationship with
Israel after the Holocaust has been transformed into a durable and mutually
dependent relationship. Although the process was prolonged, Germany
achieved both reconciliation with its neighbors and unification of the
country. How was this feat accomplished? Some observers have suggested that
the German model could be source of inspiration for unification of divided
states in Asia and for reconciliation with their neighbors. But there is no
consensus on unification as a desirable outcome, or even the norm.
Reconciliation/co-existence within divided states might be the next best
alternative, but it does not necessarily mean peace, harmony, or
friendship. And it can be a long and messy process, sometimes ending in an
agreement to disagree.

Speakers will focus on the following questions: Is reconciliation possible
(or even desirable) in nations which have been divided by war and
revolution? Is there a possibility of reconciliation in the absence of
unification? What role do political leaders, non-governmental institutions
and governmental institutions play in knitting together divided nations and
reconciling their conflicting interests? What role do domestic politics and
culture play in helping or hindering reunification and reconciliation? Is
there a viable counterpart to Germany’s Ostpolitik in northeast Asia?

To go to the event page, please click HERE
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