Management of Internal Conflicts in Asia: Archived Project



This multiyear project conducted by the East-West Center Washington office 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 to include Burma and South Asian countries.

The first meeting was held in Rosslyn, VA from September - October, 2002, attended by 34 participants from the U.S., Malaysia, Indonesia, China, Australia, India, the United Kingdom, and the Philippines. A second round of workshops was held separately for each study group. The Aceh and Papua study group met June 2003 in Bali and Jakarta, Indonesia and was attended by 17 members. The Southern Philippines study group met in Manila, Philippines from June 2003, with 18 group members. The Tibet and Xinjiang study group met August 20 - 21, 2003 in Honolulu. The study groups convened a third time in Washington, D.C in February 2004. The objective was to publish five monographs and approximately 25 policy papers stemming from this project in the East-West Center Washington's Policy Studies series.

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