Management of Internal Conflicts in Asia (Phase 1)
This multiyear project (2002–2008) investigated the domestic, transnational, and international dynamics of internal conflicts in the Asia Pacific and explored strategies and solutions for the peaceful management and eventual settlement of these conflicts. Issues investigated included sovereignty, autonomy, economic development, migration, security operations, and secessionist movements.


Funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the first phase (2002–2004) investigated internal conflicts arising from the political consciousness of minority communities in response to the nation and state building projects of the national elite in China, Indonesia, and the Philippines. With additional funding, the project expanded in subsequent years to include Burma, southern Thailand, Nepal, northeastern India, and Sri Lanka.


Project Meetings


The first meeting was held at the Key Bridge Marriott in Rosslyn, VA from September 30–October 3, 2002. The meeting was attended by 34 participants from the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines.


The second round of meetings was held separately for each study group. The Aceh and Papua study group met June 16–18, 2003 in Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia and was attended by 17 members. The Southern Philippines study group met in Manila, Philippines from June 23–24, 2003, with 18 group members. The Tibet and Xinjiang study group met from August 20–21, 2003 in Honolulu, Hawai'i. The study groups convened a third time in Washington, D.C., on February 28–March 2, 2004.


Policy Monographs


Five books and 20 policy monographs were due to be published as a result of this project. Subject to satisfactory peer review the monographs will be published in the Studies in Asian Security  book series and Contemporary Issues in Asia and the Pacific series, both published by the Stanford University Press. Twenty policy monographs were published as a result of this project. The policy papers appear in the East-West Center Policy Studies series.


Public Forums


Public Forums are an important component of the Management of Internal Conflicts in Asia project, designed to engage the informed public and disseminate the findings of the study groups. Public forums were organized in conjunction with each round of study group meetings and were widely attended by the public.