Northeast Asia is a region of historical, territorial, military and nuclear tensions. Today many human and financial resources are dedicated to the militarization of Northeast Asian nations. Transforming the existing culture of animosity and militarism into a culture of peace and reconciliation can be possible through education and a fundamental paradigm shift. However a void exists in the area of education and training opportunities to empower people with the skills, knowledge and resources needed to bring about this change.
NARPI is working to strengthen and empower people in Northeast Asia by providing peacebuilding training and building cross-cultural networks. During the summer peacebuilding institute, participants from Northeast Asia receive training in the areas of peacebuilding, conflict transformation, restorative justice, and mediation. Within these training programs we also seek to build relationships between people from different parts of Asia and to practice transformative approaches to conflict and cultural differences.
Training in conflict transformation and peacebuilding is vital for this region. The idea of NARPI was inspired by the needs and demands of activists and students working in the field of peacebuilding. NARPI is led by a Steering Committee of partners from Northeast Asia and will train students primarily from this region.
The vision of the Northeast Asia Regional Peacebuilding Institute is for Northeast Asia to be a region of active non-violence, mutual cooperation, and lasting peace.
The mission of NARPI is to transform the culture and structure of militarism and communities of fear and violence into just and peaceful ones by providing peacebuilding training, connecting and empowering people in Northeast Asia.