Challenges to peace in East Asia by Jordi Urgell

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November 2, 2009 - 05:42 -

This article attempts to contribute to the
discussion about the emerging concept of ‘East Asian Peace’, which in its
narrower formulation refers to a dramatic decline in the number of battle
deaths from 1979 onwards. By using the data on armed conflicts and peace
processes from the School for a Culture of Peace at the Autonomous
University of Barcelona, the following article raises some
academic questions that need further research.

Peace and Protest: Unarmed Insurrections in East Asia, 1946–2006 by Isak Svensson and Mathilda Lindgren, Uppsala University

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October 30, 2009 - 07:07 -

Whereas the discussion on East Asian Peace has primarily focused on
armed conflicts, this article contributes by discussing unarmed conflicts in the East Asian region. The article presents
the regional picture of the prevalence of these types of non-violent, popular
uprisings and contends that these types of social conflicts are important to
consider in order to get a better grasp of what kind of relative peacefulness
that East Asia is experiencing.

South Korea, 25.02.08: a new president is sworn in

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February 24, 2008 - 19:06 -

A personal comment by Geir Helgesen, Senior Researcher, NIAS – Nordic Institute of Asian Studies

A change of leader in South Korea: does it matter much? Is it not, after all, the institutions and rules that characterize democratic governance while the president is more of a figurehead? Well, yes and no. South Korea is a democracy, as is the USA, but in both countries the president plays a decisive role, in Korea even more so than in the USA.