Posts By Steven Rood

In The News

Strategic Continuity in U.S.-Philippine Relations after November Election

November 7, 2012

In the closing days of what looked like a close U.S. electoral campaign for president, concern in the Philippines turned to what a victory for one candidate or the other might mean for U.S.-Philippine relations. Though election night turned out to be a rather quick and decisive electoral victory for President Barack Obama, even before election day, I had argued on Philippine TV that “Whoever wins in U.S. polls, Philippine-U.S. ties would be the same.” The fact of the matter is that the 2012 election, like almost all presidential elections in the United States, was contested largely on the basis of domestic policy.

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Internationals, Malaysia, and Negotiations for Peace in the Philippines

October 17, 2012

It has been an exciting and emotional 10 days for the peace process between the Philippine government and the country’s largest rebel group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), which looks to end 40 years of conflict that has left a reported 150,000 dead and devastated the economy.

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Road Map to a Bangsamoro in the Philippines

October 10, 2012

On Sunday, October 7, Philippine President Benigno Simeon “Noynoy” Aquino III, in a speech telecast nationwide, announced that a draft text for a Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro had been finalized.

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Pivots Toward Peace in Mindanao

July 25, 2012

A fortnight ago I blogged about the energy for peace I found at two very different events in Mindanao. We might now ask: what is the origin of that energy, and of the general surge toward a peace agreement? At first glance, this may seem to have an obvious answer, since it is clear from citizen surveys…

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Notes from the Field

Energy for Change Surges in Southern Mindanao

July 11, 2012

In the past two weeks, I have been privileged to attend two very different events that are both aimed at the same outcome: bringing peace to Muslims in Mindanao. In the rural town of Butig, Lanao del Sur, the Pinagundo Clan gathered to launch their officially compiled genealogy, or Salsilah.

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Notes from the Field

Philippines Conflict Provides Lessons for Achieving Future Peace in Complex Settings

June 20, 2012

For the first time in my life, I am visiting London. Everybody tells me how unusual is the glorious weather we’re enjoying, and that my infatuation with the city might not be as strong if the weather were more normal – gloomy and wet – but I plan to take these first impressions as fixed.

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Philippine Judiciary: The Dawning of a New Era?

June 6, 2012

The Philippine Judiciary is on edge. Five months of rigorous scrutiny by the public and media as a result of the trial of impeached Chief Justice Renato Corona created a high degree of expectation that major reforms are forthcoming.

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Polling for Peace in the Philippines

May 30, 2012

Now that I have returned from my sabbatical, one of the most exciting and challenging parts of my job is attending negotiations between the government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF). The current round of talks, hosted in Kuala Lumpur by the Malaysian Facilitator, started Monday…

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Back to the Philippines, But First: Renato Corona, Lady Gaga, and that Debate over the Sea

May 23, 2012

At the end of a sabbatical team-teaching one course and blogging weekly, I am eager to get back to my work on the ground in the Philippines. At the end of this “Representative Professor” series, it’s interesting to look back at both what I’ve written and some of what has transpired in the past four months.

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Fighting Corruption in the Philippines: Models for Long-Term Success

May 16, 2012

The issue of corruption in the Philippines has once again hit international newspapers with reports that the chief justice of the Supreme Court, Renato Corona (currently undergoing an impeachment trial before the Philippine Senate), had dozens of dollar accounts…

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