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 will be officially launched on July 12 in Marawi City and July 13 in Cotabato City.

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Cambodia Reconciliation: A Reflection on Justice and Reconciliation Issues and Challenges for the past 25 Years Post War – Peace and Reconciliation

Author: Soth Plai Ngarm
Published by: CPCS
Publication Date: March 2017

This reflection paper highlights issues related to reconciliation in Cambodia, making the case that holistic reconciliation needs to address different levels of reconciliation – political, social and emotional. The paper serves to raise questions for further inquiry and discussion on what holistic reconciliation could look like in Cambodia, and the factors that need to be considered. While Cambodia has experienced political reconciliation, there has been no national process for healing or social reconciliation. This paper explores the different influencing factors and dynamics that are entwined with attitudes about reconciliation in Cambodia, including the roles of war-peace leaders in driving reconciliation, and the tensions between political ideologies and varying visions for a peaceful Cambodia. It also examines the role of judicial mechanisms, namely the Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), in offering reconciliation at the social or emotional levels.

The Role of Trust in Peace Accord Implementation: A Case Study in the Bangsamoro

Author: Alfredo Ferrariz Lubang
Published by: CPCS
Publication Date: February 2017

Originally conducted as an Action Research project for CPCS’ Applied Conflict Transformation Studies Master’s Programme, this publication explores the role of trust in implementing peace accords. Utilising the case of the peace process between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Government of the Philippines (GPH), the publication unpacks the concept of trust and how it can be nurtured. Considering trust from a societal approach, the publication seeks to answer the following three questions: 1) How do people define trust within the context of implementing a peace accord; 2) What are the important factors of trust in implementing a peace accord; and 3) What factors diminish trust during the implementation period.

Through an analysis of a community survey, the research emphasises that trust plays an integral role in the successful implementation of a peace accord. Concluding that trust is a reflexive process in which individuals process trust through their own experiences and in turn share them with their community, the publication suggests that trust creates space for understanding and flexibility between parties, thereby enhancing the chance for peace to take root. Importantly, it also provides recommendations for stakeholders at various levels, including leaders of the MILF and GPH, implementers of the peace accords, and community residents, in order to better support the implementation of the peace process.



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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