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Shedding Light on War’s Victims

Historical memory and the experiences of war’s victims continue to emerge more than seventy years after the end of World War II. AICGS’ focus on reconciliation between former enemies in …

Memory, Identity, and Commemorations of World War II

Anniversary Politics in Asia Pacific Edited by Daqing Yang and Mike Mochizuki Why do some governments and societies attach great significance to a particular anniversary year whereas others seem less …

Arise and Shine! The Role of Korean Protestant Churches in a Time of Conflict

In world history, Christianity was sometimes a source of conflict as shown in the cases of the Crusades and the Thirty Years’ War. On the other hand, Christian churches also …

Does Pyeongchang Lead to Pyeonghwa?

For the first time in history, the world will witness a match in which North and South Korean athletes compete together against Japan. As symbolic as it may be, the …

Documenting German and Japanese War Crimes prior to 1945: The UN War Crimes Commission

Dan Plesch’s new book, Human Rights after Hitler: The Lost History of Prosecuting Axis War Crimes, sheds light on the existence of a little-known agency founded amid the atrocities of …

Different Anniversaries, Same Purpose: War Memory and Reconciliation in Central Europe and East Asia (2014-2015)

The Case of Polish-German and Japanese-South Korean Relations Poland and Germany. Japan and South Korea. Countries that experienced the tragedy of war. Countries that are involved in different kinds of …

A New Kind of Reconciliation in East Asia?

President Obama noted in an interview with the Asahi Shimbun before his visit to Hiroshima that his presence was an example of reconciliation: “I will point out that Prime Minister …

The Comparison between the Recent “Comfort Women” Deal and German Payments to Slave and Forced Laborers

The Japanese-Korean deal concerning “comfort women,” formulated by Japanese prime minister Shinzō Abe and South Korean president Park Geun-hye on 28 December 2015, included a pledge from Japan to provide …

Reconciliation Means Having to Say You’re Sorry

Responding to China and South Korea’s budding interest in Germany as a contact point for resolving disputes with Japan, Director of the AICGS Society, Culture & Politics Program Dr. Lily …