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.
Re-examining Ethnic Identity in Myanmar
Author: Sarah L Clarke, Seng Aung Sein Myint, and Zabra Yu Siwa
Published by: CPCS
Publication date: May 31, 2019
Since its independence from Britain in 1948, the country of Burma, also known as Myanmar, has experienced decades of armed conflict focused on issues related to ethnic identity. Over generations, ethnic-based conflicts have produced severe humanitarian and human rights consequences for many, including death and injury, displacement, gender-based violence, and a lack of access to basic services. A focus on ethnic categorisation and ethnic identity narratives have also contributed to systems and structures that have institutionalised discrimination against some while allocating benefits and entitlements to others, producing a landscape of deep fractures, inter-group competition, and distrust.
"Re-examining Ethnic Identity in Myanmar" re-examines ethnicity from the perspective of diverse Myanmar stakeholders. Emerging from a closer examination of historical experiences and grievances, this report seeks to uncover the ways that ethnic identity has been used for a variety of political purposes. The objective of this analysis is to bring complex root causes of armed conflict in Myanmar to the surface in order to better consider and identify strategies that address long-standing tensions and violence. The report explores these issues with reference to three case studies: one focused on Kachin ethnic identity, one on Arakanese ethnic identity, and one on Karen ethnic identity. The case studies provide additional historical background aimed at grounding the views raised by meeting participants and community stakeholders. The report concludes by considering a range of recommendations aimed at multiple Myanmar stakeholders, including leaders from a variety of ethnic communities, the Myanmar government, and international actors.
Negotiating Peace: An Insider’s Perspective to the Bangsamoros’ Struggle for Self-Determination
Author: Mohagher Iqbal
Published by: Centre for Peace & Conflict Studies (CPCS)
Publication date: 2018
Negotiating Peace: An Insider’s Perspective to the Bangsamoros’ Struggle for Self-Determination is a compilation of MILF Implementing Panel Chairman Mohagher Iqbal’s speeches from 2005 to 2018. The book captures the historic events that shaped the peace process, and the wisdom, principles, and insights of the MILF in its engagement with the Philippine government to pursue the Bangsamoros' aspirations.
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.
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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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