The Korean War – the first major conflict of the Cold War – broke out in 1950. Several European countries sent troops in support of the United Nations Command. Until then a relatively unknown country in the West, Korea was put on the map. The armistice signed in July 1953 brought an end to the armed conflict on the peninsula, which remained divided between North and South. However, no peace treaty was signed. Whether there will ever be lasting peace depends in great part on the major powers in the region.
Europe’s role has evolved from military intervention to a soft power approach, economic cooperation with South Korea, humanitarian aid for and diplomacy with North Korea. Drawing on their experience in conflict management, the panelists will address the question of Europe’s contribution to the easing of tensions on the Korean peninsula.
In the latter part of the webinar, the Closing Session will feature a summary of recommendations expressed in this ILC 2021 webinar series.