In assessing the reunification of the Korean peninsula, one of the greatest issues that will exist surrounds how to peacefully unify the North and South Korean populations as one society. 70 years of tense history has created a number of differences, and thus challenges to reunification. A peaceful reunification will need be understood through a conflict management lens, specifically the essential reconciliation of citizens at all levels of leadership and society.

Read “Toward Reconciliation in a Reunified Korea,” by Ashley Patton

Ashley Patton is a second-year M.A. student at SAIS, concentrating in Conflict Management, International Law and Organizations, and International Economics. She was awarded the Fisher Family Dean’s Fellowship. She completed her B.A. in Political Science and Global Studies at UNC Chapel Hill and has had previous professional experience with the United States Department of Justice, various organizations of the United Nations, a marketing firm focusing on progressive non-profits and political campaigns, several non-profits focused on social justice, and the United States Congress. She has had international work and study experience in Tanzania, Mexico, Cambodia, and Italy.

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