By Meagan Cherry, Co-Lab Documentary Marketing Director

On June 18th, the Global Co Lab Network was delighted to launch the first screening of its new documentary, A Peace of Science: Science Diplomacy with North Korea. The by-invitation-only virtual screening took place with North Korea experts and stakeholders, interviewees, financial contributors, and other supporting parties. This screening was hosted in partnership with The National Committee on North Korea (NCNK), the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), and the Stimson Center.  A second screening will be hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science on July 21st; register here.  The Co-Lab was very grateful to receive a grant from the Henry Luce Foundation to support the documentary.

In its 30-minute runtime, the educational documentary discusses one path toward peace between the United States and North Korea, that of connecting scientists to address mutually beneficial research engagements in non-sensitive areas of research.  Accomplished experts from a variety of fields shared their experiences and perspectives including those with the US-DPRK Science Engagement Consortium and the Mount Paektu Research Center, another supporter of the documentary.  Though this documentary focuses on relations with North Korea, the principle and themes are universal to building relations between countries across the world. The documentary was produced with the hope that future practitioners of conflict resolution, peace, and diplomacy will consider the engagement of scientists as one very effective tool in the peace-building toolbox.   

Working with universities around the world, The Global Co Lab Network is now encouraging academic institutions to screen the documentary in classrooms for students interested in international relations, diplomacy, conflict resolution, peace-building, science diplomacy, and Asian affairs. Co-Lab Founding Director and Co-Founder of the Consortium Linda Staheli and Marketing Director Meagan Cherry will be available for a limited time to host Q&A events as their schedules permit.  See the Co-Lab website’s page on the documentary to watch the documentary itself and use the accompanying resource page, which includes a reading list of supporting materials to complement and inform further a discussion around the documentary.  The Co-Lab will be requesting feedback on the documentary and any showings here.  

Read more on the project and watch the documentary here.  For suggestions, questions, or to work with the Co-Lab on a screening or classroom showing, email the Co-Lab directly at [email protected]