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Making Trouble in Asia and the Pacific

Click here to read: Peace and Economic Security Director Joseph Gerson's recent article in Truthout which provides essential background information on the evolution of the Japanese-Chinese-U.S. military tensions in Northeast Asia.

Video: A Long Way Home

21 February, 2013

The Japan Council against A and H Bombs (Gensuikyo) sent a delegation to the Marshall Islands from Jan. 13-22, 2013 in order to support Rongelap Islanders who have been suffering from US H-bomb Bravo test in 1954.

Rongelap people are at the crossroads, being forced by the United States to go back to their home islands where radioactive contamination still remain. By doing so, the US government is trying to finish its responsibility for the damage of nuclear testing in the Marshall Islands.

AFSC's Program Update July 2012

This is a recording of the American Friends Service Committee’s Monthly Program Update call from July 19, 2012 with Patricia DeBoer, AFSC's Asia Regional Director. Patricia discussed, with other Asia staff, their program work across the continent. They shared stories, obstacles, and successes from their on-the-ground perspective.

Learn more about the monthly program update series.

Peace Advocates Pivot Toward Asia and the Pacific

They came from China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, the Philippines, Hawaii, New Zealand, and from across the US. They represented a wide variety of national interests, perspectives and struggles. They aired some differences.  But they also found much common ground.

Peace in Asia and the Pacific Agenda

Agenda –Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization

9/15 draft

Peace in Asia and the Pacific Agenda

Agenda for Peace in Asia and the Pacific Conference, October 21 & 22, 2011.

Peace in Asia and the Pacific: Alternatives to Asia-Pacific Militarization

Friday, October 21, 2011 - 7:00pm - Saturday, October 22, 2011 - 6:00pm

Peace Asia Conference - Alpha Flyer 2

Peace in Asia and the Pacific Conference Flyer

Download the Peace in Asia and the Pacific Conference Flyer

Initiated by the American Friends Service Committee and the American University Nuclear Policy Institute

To register and for additional information: http://afsc.org/PeaceInAsiaPacific

The current conference agenda can be viewed here.
(download here)

Bangkok Post: Cross-border calm brings opportunity

Relations between Thailand and Cambodia have thawed in recent months, but greater understanding is needed before there will be any real warmth. 

Kim Vuth, 32, a peace activist who works with the American Friends Service Committee, said the relationship between former enemies Germany and France could serve as an inspiration for Thailand and Cambodia to coexist peacefully in the future.

He emphasised that peace building was not the job of governments alone.

News Source: 
Bangkok Post

Overview: AFSC in Asia

Read about AFSC's history in the Asia region.

Tsunami 5 Years Later

In December 2004 a major earthquake followed by a tsunami destroyed hundreds of kilometers of coastline on two continents. Entire towns, people’s livelihood vanished in an instant, and hundreds of thousands of people were killed. The tsunami had a devastating impact on countries from Somalia, India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, to Indonesia.  In Indonesia the worst hit areas were in the western and northern portions of Aceh province.  It was in this context that the AFSC along with hundreds of other humanitarian organizations entered Aceh to conduct disaster relief and reconstruction.

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