Hairyung Sung (front row, second from left) with alumni from the Rotary Peace Center at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
By Hairyung Sung, Rotary Peace Fellow 2013-15 at Duke University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
This June, I attended the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, as a Peace Fellow alumnus, and was also able to take part in both the Peace Assembly and the Presidential Peace Conference. On 8 June, some 90 current and former Peace Fellows from around the world came together for an open discussion entitled “Stories Sustain Peace,” and reflected on the day’s experiences. All of us were in absolute agreement that resolving conflict and promoting peace were long-term endeavors, and we encouraged each other to take whatever action we could.
At a reception at the Carter Center that evening, records and photographs from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter’s visit to North Korea in June 1994 caught my attention. During that trip, Carter opened face-to-face dialogue with Kim Il Sung and successfully negotiated a new treaty between the U.S. and North Korea. As an aspiring Peace Fellow applicant, I had resolved to contribute …read more
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