Politicking and the Philippine Peace Process
Three months after a deadly clash in Mamasapano, the Philippine peace process is in danger. The hard-won gains of negotiations over the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL)—the implementing piece of legislation to the 2014 peace deal between the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and the Philippine Government—are threatening to unravel as candidates jockey for political advantage ahead of the 2016 presidential election. With the prospect of key provisions of the BBL for Muslim Mindanao being watered down and even scrapped, Manila is thereby strengthening the hand of spoilers such as the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters, which quit the peace process in 2008. Confidence in a political solution is ebbing with the prospect of continued hostilities and humanitarian consequences, warns Zachary Abuza.
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Bilateral relations between China and Vietnam over the South China Sea dispute have improved in the last couple of years as evidenced by the January summit between the two leaders. […]
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The National League for Democracy’s (NLD) landslide victory in Myanmar’s November 2015 general election prompted celebrations around the world. Following a nervous, but successful, transition to ensure the transfer of […]