Asia Foundation’s Dr. Steven Rood Featured in New Book on Mindanao Peace Process

Manila, July 28, 2016 — The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in the Philippines Dr. Steven Rood is featured in a newly released book, Mindanao: The Long Journey to Peace and Prosperity. Edited by Paul Hutchcroft, Professor in the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs of the Australian National University (ANU), the book is a foundational resource in the on-going quest for peace and prosperity in the southern Philippines.

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The Asia Foundation’s programs in the Philippines promote better governance to support economic growth, strengthen the rule of law, and foster peace and development in Mindanao.

A member of the Third Party Monitoring Team for the implementation of the peace agreement between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, Dr. Rood contributes a chapter on the role of international actors in the Mindanao peace process.

Mindanao: The Long Journey to Peace and Prosperity will help shed light on the complexities of the peace process as well as the underlying historical, political, and economic context of a conflict that is more than four decades old,” said Dr. Rood. In particular, Dr. Rood demonstrates that while international engagement has always been welcomed and often been important, it is also driven by core interests and has never been a straightforward process. Further, he notes that “Domestic politics—within the Philippine polity or among Muslim organizations—can override much of the effect of any international involvement.”

“As the peace process moves into a new phase with new approaches, this volume will be an important foundational resource in the on-going quest for peace and prosperity in Mindanao,” Dr. Hutchcroft said.

Mindanao: The Long Journey to Peace and Prosperity emerged from an ANU project supported by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), and is published and distributed by Anvil Publishing, Inc. The book is available for purchase here.

“As a partner of change, Australia has been supporting peace and investing in development in Mindanao. Our support to the peace process is a significant aspect of our 70-year partnership with the Philippines,” said Australian Ambassador to the Philippines Amanda Gorely said.

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