Mindanao: The Long Journey to Peace and Prosperity


Authors : Paul D Hutchcroft (The Australian National University, Australia)

Publisher : Co-published With World Scientific

ISBN : 978-981-3236-36-3

"This compendium of essays could not have come at a more appropriate time. For the first time in Philippine history, the new President hails from Mindanao. The administration of Rodrigo R. Duterte will certainly benefit from the analysis of the experts who have contributed to this volume, as they examine the complex factors that contributed to the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro as well as derailed the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. An excellent and accessible guide for better understanding both the armed conflict in Mindanao and the peace process."
-- Amina Rasul
President, Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy

"All of us, stakeholders to peace in Mindanao, have invested a lot to win the peace. We have missed a lot of opportunities, but before us is a chance to deliver one final contributors to this book credibly present truths, analyses, and historical insights. It allows for informed judgment by key players, opinion makers, and the public."
-- General Emmanuel T Bautista (Ret.)
Former Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines

"With so many national and regional policymakers and pundits eager to identify links — both real and exaggerated — between Mindanao and broader regional terrorist networks, a clear-eyed assessment of the challenges for peace in the southern Philippines has never been more urgent. This collection of essays offers a welcome corrective, providing thoughtful analysis of the dynamics of the peace process and the on-going challenges of social and economic development. In so doing, it offers the regional security community with crucial insights to guide threat assessments and policy formulation."
-- Joseph Chinyong Liow
Dean, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

"Paul Hutchcroft's edited volume of essays by an impressive selection of peace process insiders and informed observers is the best account so far of progress made along that path in Mindanao during the presidency of Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III (2010–2016)."
-- Asian-Pacific Economic Literature

"Mindanao invites scholars and practitioners to revisit the incumbent commitment of the government, the insurgent groups and the Filipino public, to peace. Published after the 2016 elections in the Philippines, Mindanao is persuasive in highlighting the challenges in the peace process faced by the new administration. The current constellation of Minadanaoan government leaders can make great leaps in Southern Philippines and this book offers a preliminary map to get there."
-- Asian Politics and Policy

"[This book] will benefit scholars who are beginning to learn about Mindanao as well as Mindanao experts. Peace practitioners can also learn from the strategies used by the parties in order to sign a peace agreement. At the same time, practitioners could also learn from the failures of the peace process in the legislation of the proposed BBL. The Duterte administration should learn from the experiences of the B S Aquino administration in the peace process with the MILF."
-- Philippine Political Science Journal

"Every chapter in this collection makes important contributions towards its particular subject area. In total, the essays constitute a significant and useful resource for understanding violent conflict on Mindanao, and prospects for peace and prosperity."
-- Journal of Contemporary Asia
Across more than four decades, the conflict between the national government and Muslim liberation forces in the southern Philippines has killed tens of thousands and displaced millions. Two landmark agreements under the presidency of Benigno S Aquino III — the first in 2012 and the second in 2014 — raised high hopes that peace might finally be on the way. But the peace process stalled, and has yet to regain momentum, after a botched counterterrorism operation in early 2015.

This volume provides both in-depth examination of the latest stage of a still-ongoing peace process as well as richly textured analysis of the historical, political, and economic context underlying one of the most enduring conflicts in the world. It is thus an extremely important foundational resource in the continuing quest for peace and prosperity in Mindanao.
Paul D Hutchcroft is a Professor of Political and Social Change at the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs, College of Asia and the Pacific, at The Australian National University.
"This compendium of essays could not have come at a more appropriate time. For the first time in Philippine history, the new President hails from Mindanao. The administration of Rodrigo R. Duterte will certainly benefit from the analysis of the experts who have contributed to this volume, as they examine the complex factors that contributed to the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro as well as derailed the passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. An excellent and accessible guide for better understanding both the armed conflict in Mindanao and the peace process."
-- Amina Rasul
President, Philippine Center for Islam and Democracy

"All of us, stakeholders to peace in Mindanao, have invested a lot to win the peace. We have missed a lot of opportunities, but before us is a chance to deliver one final contributors to this book credibly present truths, analyses, and historical insights. It allows for informed judgment by key players, opinion makers, and the public."
-- General Emmanuel T Bautista (Ret.)
Former Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines

"With so many national and regional policymakers and pundits eager to identify links — both real and exaggerated — between Mindanao and broader regional terrorist networks, a clear-eyed assessment of the challenges for peace in the southern Philippines has never been more urgent. This collection of essays offers a welcome corrective, providing thoughtful analysis of the dynamics of the peace process and the on-going challenges of social and economic development. In so doing, it offers the regional security community with crucial insights to guide threat assessments and policy formulation."
-- Joseph Chinyong Liow
Dean, S Rajaratnam School of International Studies,
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

"Paul Hutchcroft's edited volume of essays by an impressive selection of peace process insiders and informed observers is the best account so far of progress made along that path in Mindanao during the presidency of Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III (2010–2016)."
-- Asian-Pacific Economic Literature

"Mindanao invites scholars and practitioners to revisit the incumbent commitment of the government, the insurgent groups and the Filipino public, to peace. Published after the 2016 elections in the Philippines, Mindanao is persuasive in highlighting the challenges in the peace process faced by the new administration. The current constellation of Minadanaoan government leaders can make great leaps in Southern Philippines and this book offers a preliminary map to get there."
-- Asian Politics and Policy

"[This book] will benefit scholars who are beginning to learn about Mindanao as well as Mindanao experts. Peace practitioners can also learn from the strategies used by the parties in order to sign a peace agreement. At the same time, practitioners could also learn from the failures of the peace process in the legislation of the proposed BBL. The Duterte administration should learn from the experiences of the B S Aquino administration in the peace process with the MILF."
-- Philippine Political Science Journal

"Every chapter in this collection makes important contributions towards its particular subject area. In total, the essays constitute a significant and useful resource for understanding violent conflict on Mindanao, and prospects for peace and prosperity."
-- Journal of Contemporary Asia

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