Social Science and Public Policy

People Power in International Relations

March 3, 2020 at 3:30pm5:00pm

Eggers Hall, 341

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Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

Korean Peninsula Affairs Center present

People Power in International Relations

A Talk by Douglas Hostetter, UN Representative, Pax Christi International

Doug Hostetter will discuss his continuing efforts to utilize people power to show governments the way to resolve conflicts from Iran to North Korea. He will draw on his 50-year experience in peacemaking and Track III efforts in conflict zones around the world.

Shaped by the nonviolent values of his Mennonite community, when the Cold War led the U.S. to engage in the Vietnam War, Douglas Hostetter refused the draft but volunteered to do his Conscientious Objector service in Vietnam. From 1966 to 1969, under the auspices of the Mennonite Central Committee, he did literacy work with Vietnamese children whose schools the war had destroyed. After Vietnam, Hostetter joined the U.S. anti-war movement and served as a member of the 1970 U.S. National Student Association delegation to Vietnam that negotiated the People’s Peace Treaty, a peace treaty concluded between U.S. students and students in both South Vietnam and North Vietnam. He has continued ever since to engage in active nonviolent peacebuilding with “enemies” in conflict zones around the world.

Sponsored by Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs, and Korean Peninsula Affairs Center.

Contact Havva Karakas-Keles for more information: hkarakas@syr.edu

This event was published on February 18, 2020.


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