E-Book: Mindanao Report 2011 (SAIS – John Hopkins University)

School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)

“Although the situation in Mindanao is sometimes compared to other recent secessionist conflicts in the world such as Kosovo’s struggle against Serbia and the secession of southern Sudan, there are some significant differences. At least since the overthrow of the Marcos dictatorship in 1986, the Philippines has been a largely democratic country, in marked contrast to Slobodan Milosevic’s Serbia or Omar Al-Bashir’s Sudan. Yet, as Kirk Donahoe points out, there remains a democratic deficit in the Philippines that serves as an obstacle to the establishment of lasting peace. Not unlike a lot of other democratic regimes, both new and old, the Philippines has alternated since 1986 between populist regimes and the domination of government affairs by a few prominent families who constitute an entrenched political elite, accompanied by a highly fragmented political party system.” –Excerpt from the Mindanao Report 2011 (downloadable e-book)

This publication is a compilation of short research papers written a group of 19 graduate students from the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  Each student focused on one aspect of the conflict in Mindanao and, in addition to laying down their understanding of the facts, they also came up with some policy recommendations. Each chapter, of course, represents the views of the individual student and does not necessarily reflect the views of any other participant in this project or of Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.

The report is divided into four sections, covering the topics of the sources of violence and insecurity, the humanitarian and economic crisis, the fundamental issues to be negotiated and the prospects and obstacles of negotiating a new peace agreement.

The download link: Mindanao Report (Understanding Conflict)

Posted on June 22, 2011, in Publications, Resource Center and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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