How do you end a protracted, seemingly intractable, conflict that has lasted for more than 40 years? And how do you do it in a context of exhaustion and disillusion?
This collection of articles by Judge Sol Santos, presents a thoughtful analysis of the peace process between the Government of the Philippines and the CPP-NPA-NDFP over the last decade. They propose alternative solutions to on-going challenges whilst highlighting the role of civil society and affected communities.
At the core of Judge Sol’s writing stand those directly affected by the conflict: those holding arms at both sides of the divide, those caught in the midst of it: the internally displaced, the wounded, the dead ones, their families, friends and comrades. As this book shows: “A peace process is easier promised than done”. However, there is a moral obligation to continue pushing for a negotiated solution. These articles call for a change of attitude among those involved in the negotiation.
The time is now.