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The William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution

The Asia Foundation's Board of Trustees established the William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution in 2004 to honor Dr. Fuller at the conclusion of his 15-year tenure as President of the Foundation.

This tribute reflects the organization's long-standing interest in the field and Dr. Fuller's personal concern for furthering the professional development of a cadre of young Asians with leadership potential and a commitment to advancing knowledge and experience regarding the management of sub-national conflicts.

The fellowship award supports a six-month professional affiliation with a relevant institution in the U.S. arranged by The Asia Foundation. The program may also include visits to selected cities in the US and in some cases, Asia, for additional meetings with specialists.

2010-11 William P. Fuller Fellow

Wajahat Ali, Pakistan

Mr. Wajahat Ali is a researcher with the Pak Institute of Peace Studies and veteran print and broadcast journalist. He has worked with some of the leading media outlets in Pakistan, including launching a primetime television show on Dawn News TV on Pakistan's foreign policy and regional security. Eye of the Storm extensively analyzed Islamabad's role in the US-led war on terror and conflict in Afghanistan, Islamist insurgency in the troubled northwestern territories of the country, Pakistan's ties with Iran and its ambivalent relations with India.

Mr. Ali has studied the genesis of various disputes in and around Pakistan and has sought to understand the factors perpetuating them. As the fifth William P. Fuller Fellow in Conflict Resolution, Mr. Ali undertook a six-month professional affiliation at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C. where he examined Pakistan's increasing radicalization. He wrote a number of articles during his program and was invited by several research institutions to address media coverage in Pakistan, US-Pakistan relations, and religious radicalization and extremism, among other topics. The Foundation also arranged for Mr. Ali to meet with organizations in several U.S. cities dealing with conflict in the domestic or international contexts. He wrote three articles for Foreign Policy during his fellowship:

- The Looming Challenges in Pakistan-U.S. Relations;
- Pakistan's Shifting Religious Battles; and,
- Pakistan's Blasphemy Law Strikes Again.

Also, read a Q & A with Mr. Ali from The Asia Foundation's blog, In Asia.

Previous Fellows

Octavio Dinampo: the Philippines
Professor Dinampo of Sulu, Mindanao, the fourth recipient of the William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution, teaches political science and history at Mindanao State University – Sulu. He has been an active participant in peace building, conflict resolution and community development activities in association with various local and international organizations. Professor Dinampo has played a key role in resolving a number of rido (clan conflicts) in Mindanao and was a 2008 recipient of the "Peace Weaver Award." Under Asia Foundation auspices, Professor Dinampo was a Visiting Scholar at American University's School for International Service, where he conducted research on the topic of "Conflict and Peace Building in Mindanao." Following the research affiliation, the Foundation arranged for Mr. Dinampo to meet with scholars and practitioners in conflict resolution on the West Coast and in Thailand.

Wiradmadinata: Indonesia
As Secretary General of Forum LSM Aceh and a leading figure in a network of sixty local NGOs in Aceh, Mr. Wiradmadinata has represented Aceh's' civil society in advising the Aceh Peaceful Reintegration Agency (BRA) on implementation of the 2005 Peace Agreement between the Aceh Rebellion Movement and the Indonesian Government. For his research affiliation, he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Maryland's Center for International Development and Conflict Management, his research there resulted in a paper entitled, "An Evolving Model for Conflict Transformation and Peace Building in Aceh." View the Executive Summary. He concluded his fellowship with presentations in Bangkok and Mindanao hosted by the Foundation. Interest in his work was such that the latter event drew an audience of almost 100 in the Southern Philippines, where the populace had long awaited a peace agreement.

Lu Lei: China
Dr. Lu Lei, Director of the Research Center, Institute of Rural Development, a unit of China's Academy of Sciences, was the second fellowship recipient. During his placement as a Visiting Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Chinese Studies, he completed a paper on China's "Land Rights and Village Organizations", describing adverse effects of China's land system on farmers.

Deepak Thapa: Nepal
In 2005, the initial William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution was awarded to Mr. Deepak Thapa, Director of the Social Science Baha and a widely respected authority on the Maoist insurgency in Nepal. Mr. Thapa was affiliated with Columbia University's Center for International Conflict Resolution as a Visiting Scholar. During his visit, he received a number of public speaking invitations, including testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.

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