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Steven Rood

Steven Rood

Country Representative, Philippines and Pacific Island Nations; Regional Advisor for Local Governance

Tel: +63 (2) 722-9999

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Expertise: Political, economic, and social issues in the Philippines; Southeast Asian relations; U.S.-Philippines relations; local governance; the non-governmental sector in the Philippines; and corruption.

Dr. Steven Rood is The Asia Foundation’s country representative for the Philippines and Pacific Island Nations. In his concurrent role as regional advisor for Local Governance, he helps to build local government, decentralization, and municipal government programs throughout the region. Rood, an expert on local government, decentralization, and public opinion polling, and served as professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines College Baguio from 1981 until joining the Foundation in 1999.

Steven Rood is the author of a number of works on Filipino politics. His most recent publications are “Interlocking Autonomy: Manila and Muslim Mindanao” in Michelle Ann Miller (ed.) Autonomy and Armed Separatism. Case Studies from South and Southeast Asia (Singapore: Institute of Southeast Asian Studies, 2012); “End of the Honeymoon?” (Honolulu: Pacific Forum – Center for International and Strategic Studies, PacNet #40, September 9, 2010); "Will Federalism Solve the Long-Standing Conflicts in the Philippines? Not Really" (Institute for Autonomy and Governance and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, December 2007); Forging Sustainable Peace in Mindanao: The Role of Civil Society (East-West Center Washington, Policy Studies 17, 2005); "Elections as Complicated and Important Events in the Philippines," in How Asia Votes (John Fuh-Sheng Hsieh and David Newman, New York: Seven Bridges Press, 2002).

Education: Bachelor's degree in Political Science, University of Washington; master's and doctor of philosophy degrees in Political Science from Boston University.

Foreign Sustainable Peace in Mindanao: The Role of Civil Society

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