Christine Ahn

Christine Ahn is a founding board member of the Korea Policy Institute and the National Campaign to End the Korean War.  Ahn is also the Executive Director of Women Cross DMZ, a movement of women globally walking to end the Korean War, reunite families, and ensure women’s leadership in the peacebuilding process.

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Friday, February 09, 2018
While the Two Koreas Talk, Trump Is Throwing Shade
As South Korean and North Korean athletes walk together during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, carrying a One Korea flag, the Trump administration is actively working to undermine the good vibes flowing across the DMZ. Last month, North Korean and South...
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"Women represent half the the world’s population, yet we’re still grossly underrepresented at the highest levels of political decision-making (minister-level positions and parliamentary positions) as well as executive office." (Photo: Liz Lemon/flickr/cc) Views
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
In North Korea Talks, Tillerson Needs Women at the Negotiating Table
Secretary Rex Tillerson will be sitting at a table with 20 foreign ministers Tuesday discussing how to resolve the North Korean nuclear crisis. These ministers were chosen due to their nations involvement in the Korean War, not their expertise in North Korea. In fact, many of them have never even...
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Friday, June 30, 2017
Americans and South Koreans Want Peace. Will Trump Listen?
As the newly elected South Korean President Moon Jae-in meets President Donald Trump for his first White House visit, the South Korean leader should stay focused on his calls for diplomatic, economic, and cultural engagement with Pyongyang. The Trump administration will undoubtedly try to steer...
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016
Let the Peace Games Begin
The contrast between the two games couldn’t be starker. On the one hand, the world’s most technologically advanced militaries and weapons systems are deployed to practice combat. On the other, despite tremendous nationalist pressure to beat the other, athletes from North Korea and South Korea...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
A Year Ago, I Crossed the DMZ in Korea. Here’s Why.
One year ago, I led a group of 30 women from 15 countries on a journey across the De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) from North to South Korea. On May 24, International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament, we crossed the world’s most militarized border calling for the reunification of Korean families...
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Thursday, January 07, 2016
To End North Korea’s Nuclear Program, End the Korean War
North Korea announced recently that it had successfully detonated its first hydrogen bomb. “This test is a measure for self-defense,” state media announced, “to firmly protect the sovereignty of the country and the vital right of the nation from the ever-growing nuclear threat and blackmail by the...
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Saturday, December 20, 2014
Okinawa: The Small Island Trying to Block the U.S. Military’s 'Pivot to Asia'
On December 10 — International Human Rights Day — Takeshi Onaga began his term as the new governor of Okinawa. Last month, the citizens of Okinawa delivered a landslide victory to Onaga, who ran on a platform opposing the construction of a new U.S. Marine Corps base in northern Okinawa. Using the...
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Former comfort women and their supporters dedicate a memorial to victims of the Japanese military’s sex trafficking of women and girls during the Second World War. (Photo: Melissa Wall / Flickr) Views
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Seeking Justice—Or at Least the Truth—for 'Comfort Women'
On June 9, outside of Seoul, 91-year old Bae Chun-hui took her last gasp of air at the House of Sharing , a communal home established for former “comfort women” in South Korea to live out their remaining years in peace. Bae was kidnapped at the age of 19 and taken to Manchuria, where she was forced...
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Tuesday, April 01, 2014
Breathless in North Korea
“Please don’t take her,” my sister pleaded with me. “You’ll end up in a prison camp.” She, along with the rest of my family, lobbied forcefully against my bringing my two-year old daughter on a recent peace-building mission to North Korea. Granted, it wasn’t a great time to go to Pyongyang. It was...
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Friday, July 26, 2013
After 60 Years of Suffering, Time to Replace Korean Armistice with Peace Treaty
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