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Strengthening the Community of Practice on Social Cohesion and Resilience

October 17, 2023

Program Snapshot

On October 5-6, local government leaders committed to driving transformative peace and development in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao gathered to welcome a new cohort of fellows for the LGU Fellowship Program on Social Cohesion and Resilience.  The Fellowship Program, implemented by The Asia Foundation and the Galing Pook F… Read more


Fostering Transformation in the BARMM with Forward Bangsamoro

September 14, 2023

Program Snapshot

Forward Bangsamoro, now in its fourth year, is a six-year project funded by the USAID and implemented by The Asia Foundation. The project’s mission is to enhance local governance in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) by strengthening the capacity of legislatures and key government institutions, supporting policy development… Read more


A Pathway to Entrepreneurship for Sulu Women

August 17, 2022

Blog and Podcast

The creation of the BARMM has brought a new era of peace to Sulu, in Mindanao, but this Philippine region still suffers from economic disadvantages that fall especially hard on women.


A New Generation Takes the Driver’s Seat in Bangsamoro

April 27, 2022

Blog and Podcast

Attorney Abdel Jamal Disangcopan and his parliamentary staff are part of a new generation of young professionals building peace in the Bangsamoro.

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Podcast: A Woman Attorney General for the Bangsamoro

September 16, 2020

Blog and Podcast

She’s part of the new face of leadership in her long-troubled homeland of Mindanao in the southern Philippines. Attorney General Sha Elijah Dumama-Alba sits down with InAsia to talk about the past, the future, and her vision for the Bangsamoro.


Braving the Waves: Gray-Market Trade and Maritime Security in the Sulu Sea

December 4, 2019

Blog and Podcast

In the Sulu Archipelago, off the Philippine island of Mindanao, a demimonde of illicit traders in radar-evading wooden boats smuggle needed goods from Malaysia, while government agents offer protection in exchange for a cut of the profits.


Marawi and Beyond: A Look at Violent Extremism

June 28, 2017

Blog and Podcast

Given the continued chatter on social media about the tragic attack by a gunman at Resorts World Casino on June 2, it is worthwhile to begin this piece by debunking the notion that it might be connected to Islamic State. Granted, ISIS tried to immediately claim that this was one of their “lone wolf” attacks, but that was clearly not the case. Close… Read more


Unpacking Martial Law in Mindanao

May 31, 2017

Blog and Podcast

Even by Philippine standards, the past week has been a tumultuous one. Militants linked to Islamic State fought security forces in the Islamic City of Marawi, President Duterte cut short a state visit to Russia and declared Martial Law in Mindanao, and peace negotiations with the Communist insurgents seem on the verge of breakdown. President Dutert… Read more


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

March 18, 2015

Blog and Podcast

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?”


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

September 10, 2014

Blog and Podcast

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…


Subnational Conflict: New Approaches Needed

August 13, 2014

Blog and Podcast

In last week’s In Asia, I examined how the rise of Asia in recent decades has been accompanied by a growth in deadly subnational conflicts (SNCs). These conflicts are occurring across the continent, including in middle-income and otherwise stable states. Democratization has not been a cure. Asia’s subnational conflicts last twice as long as those elsewhere in the world.


Minorities within the Minority: Indigenous Communities in the Bangsamoro

August 6, 2014

Blog and Podcast

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…


Implementation of Bangsamoro Holds Lessons for Philippines as a Whole

March 26, 2014

Blog and Podcast

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…


Coronations, Clan Organizing, and Conflict Resolution: Moving Toward a More Peaceful Mindanao

September 9, 2009

Blog and Podcast

This past July, the community of the Islamic City of Marawi gathered to celebrate the enthronement of Attorney Saidamen B. Pangarungan as Sultan of Madaya. For over 10 years the leadership of the Sultanate of Madaya was vacant because of conflict between the Sarip Batua and Datu a Pitiilan family clans. Through the efforts of a local NGO, Reconcili… Read more