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Management of Internal Conflicts in Asia (Phase 2)
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 second phase (2005–2008) investigated the nature, consequences, and management of conflicts in Sri Lanka, Burma, southern Thailand, Nepal, and northeastern India. Study Group members were drawn from the academic and policy communities in the U.S. and the relevant Asian countries including minority communities.

Project Meetings

The first meeting of the second phase of this project was held at the Marriott Georgetown University Conference Center in Washington, D.C. from October 30–November 3, 2005. The meeting was attended by participants from the United States, Sweden, Sri Lanka, Burma, Thailand, Nepal, and India.

The second meeting of the Burma and Southern Thailand study groups were held in Bangkok, Thailand at the Montien Riverside Hotel. The Burma study group met on July 10-11, 2006 and the Southern Thailand study group met on July 12-13, 2006. These meetings were co-sponsored by The Institute of Security and International Studies, Chulalongkorn University. The second workshop meeting of the Nepal study group was held in Kathmandu, Nepal at the Radisson Hotel. The Nepal study group met July 17-19, 2006 and was co-sponsored by the Social Science Baha. The Northeastern India study group met in New Delhi, India at the Intercontinetal, The Grand from August 9-10, 2006 and was co-sponsored by the Centre for Policy Research. The Sri Lanka study group meeting was held at the Hilton Colombo Residence in Colombo, Sri Lanka from August 14-16, 2006. The Sri Lanka study group was co-sponsored by The Centre for Policy Alternatives. In each of these meetings, senior scholars reviewed and critiqued monographs produced for the meetings and made suggestions for revision.

Policy Monographs

Based on the research findings, 20 to 25 policy papers were prepared. Twenty papers were published 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 have been organized in conjunction with each round of study group meetings and have been widely attended by the public.