Posts By Steven Rood

In The News

Peace Council Endorses Bangsamoro Basic Law – with Some Tweaks

May 6, 2015

It’s crunch time again for peacemaking in Mindanao. Both houses of the Philippine Congress are now considering the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), the implementing legislation for the hard-won peace agreement between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

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Notes from the Field

Doing Development Differently: Report from Manila

April 29, 2015

On Monday and Tuesday in Manila, The Asia Foundation, along with Harvard University and the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), and with media partner DevEx to get the message out, hosted the second Doing Development Differently forum (DDD).

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Notes from the Field

Drivers and Trends in a Changing Asia

April 22, 2015

Will Malaysia continue its trajectory of economic growth, or will it get caught in the so-called middle-income trap? Will Myanmar successfully shake off the legacy of decades of military rule and violent conflict and transform itself into a peaceful and thriving market democracy?

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In The News

Energy Crisis in the Philippines: An Electricity or Presidential Power Shortage?

March 18, 2015

As predicted, the Philippines is heading into a severe “summer” power crisis. One peculiarity of the widespread use of English in the Philippines is the mismatch between seasonal names and the months of the year. Leaves start falling from trees in March – is it “autumn?”

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In The News, Uncategorized

Philippines 2015: Presidential Speculation, Scandals, and Prospects for Peace

January 7, 2015

A year ago, I predicted that one of the main stories of 2014 in the Philippines would be recovery efforts from Typhoon Haiyan, and indeed it took until October (almost the one-year anniversary) for final approval of the massive rehabilitation phase.

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In The News

Polling Shows Encouraging Climate of Opinion for Mindanao Peace Negotiations

October 8, 2014

On September 10, Philippine President Benigno Aquino personally turned over the draft Basic Law based on the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro to Congress after months of revisions and refinement. The move continues the roadmap set forth in negotiations…

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In The News

One Year After Siege, Zamboanga Critical to Success of Any Peace Agreement

September 10, 2014

On Sept. 9, 2013, Zamboanga City woke to an unfolding nightmare. Some 200 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) fighters under the charismatic commander Ustadz Habier Malik had landed. They professed, despite the fact that they were fully armed, an intention merely to have a peaceful march in support of independence for Muslim-dominated areas in the southern Philippines. When government security forces halted their march, MNLF forces took hostages as a string of human shields, tying them together with rope. As a nightmare, this was a recurrence…

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In The News

Minorities within the Minority: Indigenous Communities in the Bangsamoro

August 6, 2014

In March this year, a major milestone passed in the 40-year effort to end hostilities in the Philippines between the national government and Muslim separatist fronts. The government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) signed a Comprehensive…

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In The News

Obama’s Trip to the Philippines: A Touchy Last Stop

April 30, 2014

The last stop of U.S. President Barack Obama’s visit to four Asian countries this week is perhaps the most controversial. His visit comes at a time of heightened tensions between the Philippines and China, which in recent months have demonstrated their commitment to defend their competing claims…

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In The News

Implementation of Bangsamoro Holds Lessons for Philippines as a Whole

March 26, 2014

As we prepare for the long-awaited March 27 signing in Manila between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, one of the striking things of the peace process…

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