Tracing the Development of Peace and Conflict Studies in South Korea

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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to study the characteristics and patterns of the field of peace and conflict studies in South Korea by tracing its history. A reflection on peace and conflict studies in Korea shows that the 1987 democratization was a critical moment, and that the subsequent end of the global Cold War initiated the full-blown development of the field. The Korean case shows that the advancement of peace and conflict studies is linked to real-world changes. The recent inclusion of human rights and transitional justice issues is meaningful since rights and justice were core but unaddressed issues in Korea. It is time for peace and conflict studies in Korea to leap forward, and this new attention to human rights and transitional justice can be a way to lead this development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)33-57
Number of pages25
JournalAsian Journal of Peacebuilding
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023 May

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2023 The Institute for Peace and Unification Studies, Seoul National University.

Keywords

  • South Korea
  • democratization
  • justice
  • peace and conflict studies
  • rights

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations

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