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North Korea: Peaceful solution presented by conflicts expert

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Peace expert presents Wednesday, April 27, in a free, public talk, co-presented by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan and the Kent District Library.
Dr. George Lopez

Dr. George Lopez /Courtesy of Dr. George Lopez

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Event Details

The event will be held Wednesday, April 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m, at the Cascade Township Branch of the Kent District Library.

No reservations are needed, free parking available, free to attend.

The public may sign up for advance notice of upcoming events from the World Affairs Council by visiting or signing up at the event.

“Korea has been preparing for conflict for more than 40 years. When they hear talk about a U.S. strike being imminent, their trigger fingers get tighter. So I think we need a U.S. policy that doesn’t put them in a position where their trigger fingers get nervous,” said sanctions expert Dr. George Lopez, in an interview published by New York Magazine, where he discussed the worsening crisis in North Korea and how military solutions will not be the key to peace in the Korean peninsula.

From October 2010 through July 2011, Dr. Lopez served on the United Nations Panel of Experts for monitoring and implementing UN Sanctions on North Korea He will be in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, April 19, speaking as part of a series, Give Peace a Chance, co-presented by the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan and Kent District Library.

Dr. Lopez is one of the world's ranking experts on economic sanctions, peacebuilding, the United Nations and various peace related issues. He was a founding faculty member for the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at University of Notre Dame and is now the Hesburgh Professor of Peace Studies Emeritus there.

Since 1992, Lopez has advised various international agencies and governments regarding sanctions issues, ranging from limiting their humanitarian impact to the design of targeted financial sanctions. From September 2013 -July 2015 Lopez served as the Vice President of the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding at the United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC. As a senior research associate at the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs in New York City, he assisted in the Council’s post- 9-11 public programming throughout the US. 

Give Peace a Chance consists of three presentations that will take place at the Cascade Township Branch of Kent District Library. The series concludes on Thursday, April 27, with presentation by Dr. Frederic Pearson, Director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at Wayne State University, speaking on “Perspectives on Peace in the New U.S. Administration.”

In existence since 1949, the World Affairs Council of Western Michigan is dedicated to educating people in western Michigan about other countries and cultures of the world, as well as providing a forum for discussion of critical foreign policy issues. The Council is non-partisan and speakers’ views do not necessarily reflect the Council’s. The Council welcomes the opportunity to be a platform where major global issues can be discussed in an atmosphere of mutual respect.

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