Asian Journal of PEACEBUILDING

Volume 11 Number 1 (May 2023)

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Special Issue_Development of Peace Studies in the Asian Context: Trajectories and Complexity in the Post-Cold War

Chasing the Conflict: Growth and Trajectory of Peace Studies in Mindanao

Miriam Coronel Ferrer pp. 167-191 doi: 10.18588/202305.00a340
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This article traces the development of peace studies in Mindanao, arguing that Mindanao’s distinct multicultural context ensured the field’s tight linkage to Islamic and Mindanao studies. In all, the search for peaceful resolution of the armed conflicts in these parts of the Philippines provided the activist-inspired impetus for the field’s growth and determined the highly localized focus of formal and nonformal peace education, research, and publications in and on Mindanao. Peace studies practitioners— from the academe, non-governmental organizations, and religious institutions—contributed to the shaping of national policies and programs for Mindanao, with government policy, in turn, buttressing the institutionalization of their initiatives. This article also provides comparative insights on the nature and evolution of Mindanao peace studies and that of Western peace studies.

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