Peace is for Everyone, authored by the Institute of Bangsamoro Studies (IBS) – a Mindanao-based non-governmental research institution – gathers the experiences of over 300 men and women in Maguindanao, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Marawi, Iligan, Cotabato and Isabela. Weaved together, these individual stories provide a collective account of the Bagsamoro people over the past decades of conflict, their views on the present situation, as well as their hopes for the future. The book will be officially launched on July 12 in Marawi City and July 13 in Cotabato City.
Beyond the Peace Table: Reflections on The GPH-MILF Peace Process
Author: Dato' Tengku Abdul Ghafar
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: June 2017
Beyond Peace Tables: Reflections on GPH-MILF Peace Process is a book written by the former Malaysian third-party facilitator of the Government of the Philippines (GPH) - Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Dato’ Tengku Abdul Ghafar. His tenure as facilitator culminated in the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) in May 2014. In the publication, Tengku Ghafar outlines the steps in the peace process towards the CAB, as well as the content of the agreement. In particular, he discusses how he handled impasses and tensions in negotiations through utilising less formal approaches, providing rich detail on the attitudes and behaviour of both parties from a third-party standpoint. The book also provides an explanation of the relevant peace infrastructure in the process, including the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, the International Contact Group, and the different ceasefire monitoring mechanisms.
The book serves to inform the discussions on practical approaches and policy towards peace process facilitation. Peace processes rarely proceed without impasses or obstacles, and sharing Tengku Ghafar’s technique and observations widely enables their application to other on-going negotiations elsewhere.
Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication Date: May 2017
Strengthening Understanding through Dialogue is a conflict analysis that takes a peacebuilding approach to the Korean Peninsula Conflict. The analysis focuses on the four governments that are party to the conflict - the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the Republic of Korea, the United States, and the People’s Republic of China - and outlines the role of each party in the key driving factors of the conflict. More importantly, the analysis emphasises that despite the role these governments occupy in this conflict, they also retain the power to influence the course of the conflict, especially the US and DPRK.
Strengthening Understanding through Dialogue demonstrates that it is only through deepening the understanding of each others perspectives and interests through engagement that the conflict parties can begin building the relationships required to transform the tensions in the Korean Peninsula Conflict into sustainable diplomatic relations, and identifies several leverage points as possible steps towards this end.
Author: Soth Plai Ngarm
Published by: CPCS
Publication Date: March 2017
The part-time programme, provided in partnership with Paññāsāstra University of Cambodia, offers a thorough, rigorous, dynamic and state-of-the-art approach, drawing on the latest developments in the field and contextual peace practices throughout Asia.
The overarching framework for CPCS’ approach is anchored on the principles of demand-driven interventions that address the requirements of the stakeholders and the underlying causes of the conflict:
CPCS is in the process of establishing the Cambodia Peace Museum, an educational and experiential space geared towards supporting a wider national healing process – one which highlights the resilience of Cambodia’s people in transforming conflict and overcoming adversity, as well as the nation’s potential as a peacebuilding learning centre for it’s regional neighbours.
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