The October 21-22, 2011, Peace in Asia-Pacific. Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization conference In Washington, DC, is a capacity building conference for activists who want to learn more about US foreign policy in the region and hear from representatives of Asian governments, specialists and peace movements.
The peace and justice movements are challenged to address growing U.S.-Chinese military tensions and the related arms race which is driving Pentagon spending, the impacts of U.S. military bases across the region, and territorial disputes between Japan and China, South Korea and Japan, China and the ASEAN nations that could spark wars, even nuclear wars.
Our goal is to help prepare U.S. peace and justice movements to challenge this dangerous and costly militarization.
With speakers from China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Guam and scholars and movement campaign leaders in the U.S., we will be exploring these issues and identifying and building campaigns that can prevent war and build prosperity. Our own Jean Athey, National Board member and Field Director, Judith Le Blanc, will be speaking at the conference.
The conference is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee and the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, participating organizations include American University’s Nuclear Studies Institute, Historians Against the War, Korea Policy Institute, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, Nodutol, Peace Action, United for Peace and Justice, Survival Education Fund and Veterans for Peace – Korea Peace Campaign.