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.
Dialogue in Divided Societies: Skills for Working with Groups in Conflict
Authors: Mari Fitzduff and Sue Williams
Published by: Independently published
Publication date: January 2019
If you’re interested in helping to solve societal and global conflicts, then you will find this book to be an invaluable resource. Dialogue in Divided Societies is written by two of the leading practitioners in the field of peacebuilding, and offers theories and exercises that have been tried and tested in some of the most challenging conflicts around the world.
The 101 exercises contained in this book will help to stimulate productive dialogue and navigate sensitive issues such as social exclusion, prejudice and discrimination, societal inequalities, distrustful relationships, issues of justice, sectarianism, racism and violence. Effective in both formal and informal situations, these exercises can be used with local, national or international
groups. They are designed to increase understanding and lead to sustainable agreements about what can facilitate more peaceful societies.
Available in hard copy from Amazon or download the pdf for free here.
Marawi: Rebuilding from Ashes to a City of Faith, Hope and Peace
Author: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Published by: Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies
Publication date: February 2019
On the 23rd of May 2017, the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippines National Police conducted operations to capture Isnilon Hapilon, leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group, in Marawi after receiving reports that he would be meeting the Maute Group there. Armed clashes began when Hapilon’s forces fired on government forces, sparking a five month long siege. The scale of destruction and devastation as a result of the siege was catastrophic. It claimed the lives of over 1,000 people, displaced 350,000 and physically and psychologically injured many more. Moreover, the battle left the city in ruins and it is estimated that 95% of the city was damaged, with over 3,000 buildings completely destroyed, 900 heavily damaged and 1200 structures partially damaged.
The objective of this report is to collect the opinions, desires and challenges of the survivors in order to share their desire for the reconstruction of Marawi and their eventual return home. It is crucial that the government quickly take action, as a number of survivors are living in evacuation centres with little to no job opportunities, schools, and medical services, leaving many vulnerable and possibly susceptible to extremist ideologies.
Seizing a Window of Opportunity for Peace on the Korean Peninsula
Author: Caroline Kearney
Published by: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Publication date: January 2019
In January 2018, a remarkable transformation began to occur in the Korean Peninsula Conflict. The political dynamics between the DPRK, ROK and US began to shift from cycles of provocation to diplomatic engagement and cooperation. This improvement in relations became possible due to the manner in which domestic political events unfolded in each country over the past several years, paired with the strategic decisions made by the three national leaders to seize the opportunity. However, this is a unique window of opportunity which must be capitalised on immediately as it could expire as early as mid-2019.
The DPRK has taken several concrete measures to demonstrate their dedication to a negotiation process with the ROK and the US, therefore the onus currently lies on the US to participate in a reciprocal negotiation process by choosing to make equal concessions in kind. If not, stalemate will continue and the citizens and government leaderships of all three countries will lose patience and this exceptional opportunity will be forfeited. However, peaceful relations on the Korean Peninsula are too valuable to wait another 11 or more years for the next diplomatic opening.
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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