Peace is for Everyone: Bangsamoro stories of hope, survival, pain and resilience

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 was officially launched on July 12 2017 in Marawi City and July 13 2017 in Cotabato City.

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War Was a Curse. We Can Live in Peace. Resilience and healing in Sri LankaWar Was a Curse. We Can Live in Peace. Resilience and healing in Sri Lanka.

Author: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: December 2017
ISBN: 978-999-63

War Was a Curse. We Can Live in Peace: Resilience and healing in Sri Lanka presents the stories of 29 men and women who have lived through the 28-year civil war in Sri Lanka. Weaving together personal narratives from across the country, the book uses a Peace History lens to capture the grey between the black and white narratives that protracted conflicts produce and illustrates the main obstacles that must be overcome in order for Sri Lankans to move forward in peace.

The book organises personal narratives from all sides of the conflict into three parts: The Past, The Past is the Present and The Future, illustrating how the civil war continues to penetrate daily attitudes and views on reconciliation and shape a peoples’ hope for coming generations. While still raw and painful, the stories presented in this publication contribute to the on-going wider and inclusive conversation about a peaceful future for Sri Lanka. From what started as an exploration around views on reconciliation and healing, the book finds that before a transformation of attitudes can occur, the stories of Sri Lankans must be listened to and acknowledged.

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.

Strengthening Understanding through Dialogue: A Peacebuilding Approach to the Korean Peninsula Conflict

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.



noah presentationThe Applied Conflict Transformation Studies (ACTS) Master’s Programme is unique in the field of conflict transformation though its utilization of a hybrid academic-practitioner perspective.

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.



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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:


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The East West Management Institute (EWMI) is accepting donations for the Cambodia Peace Museum on behalf of CPCS


Towards national reconciliation: A peace museum for Cambodians

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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