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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Not only does Moon now have a clear mandate domestically, the global context has changed, paving the way for him to pursue his inter-Korean peace agenda, with or without Washington’s approval. (Photo by South Korean Presidential Blue House via Getty Images) Views
Thursday, April 23, 2020
South Korea Is a Model for Combatting COVID-19, It Should Now Take the Lead in Diplomacy With North Korea
For the first time in two months, South Korea’s new coronavirus cases have dropped to single digits. Seoul has not only demonstrated that it can contain the pandemic, but that it can safely hold elections, which last week led to a landslide victory for President Moon Jae-in’s party in the...
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A health worker takes the temperature of a woman amid concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus at an entrance of the Pyongchon District People's Hospital in Pyongyang on April 1, 2020. (Photo: Kim Won Jin / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
US Response to Coronavirus in North Korea Can Save Lives and Lead to Peace
As the coronavirus has now claimed 23,820 lives worldwide, there are growing concerns about the situation in North Korea. Although North Korea has not officially reported any cases of COVID-19, global health experts believe it has already spread there as the government is requesting test kits,...
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Soldiers of South Korea and the United States stand guard during a commemorative ceremony for the anniversary of the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement at the truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas. (Photo: Jung Yeon-Je/AP) Views
Monday, February 25, 2019
Women Marched for Korean Reconciliation. Washington Is in Our Way.
In 2015, we were among 30 women from around the world who came together to cross the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ), the infamous strip of land that has separated North and South Korea since a “temporary” cease-fire halted the Korean War 65 years ago. We marched to show this anachronistic conflict...
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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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