A New Paradigm of Viewing Conflict…

KAP Justice and Peace practice series 3rd edition, ‘Conflict Transformation’ is published!

Conflict transformation is about perceiving the fact that conflict is natural and continues to exist in the dynamic of human relationships. Furthermore, conflict has the constructive potential of change. But, the changes are not always positive. Conflicts mostly engender vicious cycle of destruction and pain. However, conflict transformation is an active expression of determination to view the conflict itself as a detonator of potential growth. This is the focus…   <From the text>


When we talk about inter-Korea relations, we always start from the experience and frame of the past. And this argument would expand on the inextricable conflict as it moves onto political and military context. In order to establish the essence of peace in Korean peninsula, it is absolutely necessary for the members of the civil society to acquire the peaceful way of living and sensibility of peace, upon their political approach. From this book, I hope to introspect on the situation of the Korean peninsula through the viewpoint of conflict transformation, and build up the capability of peace to transform conflict in a positive light.

=Jae Jung Lee/ Gyeonggi province superintendent of education/ 33rd minister of unification


  The writer’s statement opens our eyes into a new perspective of problem set-up and approach method of ‘conflict transformation.’ Whereas, in Korea, people would generally try to eradicate the problem immediately in order to solve the problem when various forms of conflict exist.

=Dong Chun Kim/ University of Angelican Church, Social Sciences professor, Chairperson of the Democracy Research Center.


When I first heard about the word, ‘conflict transformation’ in the translated version of the book, it was a moment of refreshing shock. In the normative approach of the conflict solution, I thought it might carry some degree of violence because it would contain the logic of the strong.

I deeply agree with the writer’s point that conflict transformation starts when you view the ‘conflict’ itself as a creative power and motivator of change. You would learn from the ‘conflict ¼,’ that it is not the image of one bending on one’s knees and the other basking in their victory but a grace of living in harmony.

== In Sung Bang / Director of Hana Nuri Company

Conflict is inevitable in our human relationships, society, and in our churches. The problems is, we never got to learn about the method of solving these conflicts. I hope that churches learn and adopt first how to “minimize the violence and maximize justice,’ according to the writer’s point of transforming conflict with wisdom, so that they could provide an  alternative to the society severed into pieces by conflict, and be the harbinger of change in our society.

==Hyung Guk Kim/ The representative pastor of  Nadulmok Church

John Paul Ledarch professor tries to approach conflict in a deeper and wider perspective. He talks about the human and the world, and deeper understanding about the relationships and emphasis on the dialogue and pursues the true meaning and freedom and justice. Naming of quite unfamiliar vocabulary of ‘conflict transformation’ is to highlight thus perspective and approach method. 

That’s why he schematically divides the ‘solution’ and ‘transition’. Viewing the ‘conflict solution’ part in a narrow scope is a little limitation, but I agree with Ledarch’s emphasis and critical mind. I would like to warmly welcome his book, which is considered as the masterpiece in this field, into a cleanly translated version. 

== Young Jin Kang/ Conflict solution expert, Sung Kyun Kwan University Management of State Affairs Graduate School adjunct professor / Director of Conflict Solution Center 

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