Peace and Stability in East Asia and the Korean Peninsula



Dr. Katsumi Otsuka

Chairman, UPF Europe & Middle East


Dr. Beatrice Bischof

Foreign Affairs Association, Munich, Germany

Hon. Yoshiaki Harada

Member of Parliament, Japan

Hon. Glyn Ford

Former Member of the European Parliament, United Kingdom

Dr. Yevgeny Kim

Leading researcher at the Center for Korean Studies, Institute of the Far East, Russian Academy of Sciences (IFES), Russia

Hon. Nina Novakova

Member of Parliament, Czech Republic

Joint Session UPF Japan, UPF EUME


Northeast Asia hosts three of the most dynamic world economies: China, Japan and South Korea. It constitutes a natural crossroads of cultures and traditions, and is characterized today by an extraordinary ability for technological innovation and global business. One of the most important tactical players in today’s geopolitics, Russia, faces that area with its eastern offshoots. 

As growing military tensions around Taiwan as well as economic and technological rivalry between China and the United States threaten peace and stability in East Asia, the regional power balance shifts in Beijing’s favor. In the meantime, the Korean Peninsula remains a bone of contention among its powerful neighbors. The old system of bloc alliances persists in the multipolar world of the 21st century and keeps Korea divided.