Religion, Peacebuilding, and Development in Mindanao

Held in conjunction with the Council’s work on religion and international affairs, this two-day international workshop gathered scholars and peacebuilders from the United States, Mindanao, Japan, and Indonesia. The workshop fostered two days of discussion centered on the extent to which religion figures as a cause of conflict as well as a source of peace and development on the island; the politics of peacebuilding and development, particularly in relation to political dynamics in Manila; and comparative questions concerning how lessons learned in the continuing struggle for peace and economic advancement in Mindanao can be utilized in other areas of conflict in the region and across the globe.

Workshop Participants:

Patricio Abinales, Kyoto University

Mohammed Abu-Nimer, American University

R. Scott Appleby, University of Notre Dame

Peter Bartu, AusAID and University of California, Berkeley

Gerrie ter Haar, Erasmus University

Robert W. Hefner, Boston University

Sidney Jones, International Crisis Group

Mary Judd, World Bank

Myla Leguro, Catholic Relief Services and University of Notre Dame

Elias Macarandas, Philippine Muslim Welfare Society and Tripartite Commission of the Bishops-Ulama Conference

Katherine Marshall, Georgetown University

Maguid Maruhom, Ummah Fi Salam

Tom McKenna, Allstate Research Center

Eliseo Mercado, Kusog Mindanaw and Institute for Autonomy and Governance

Jeffrey Ayala Milligan, Florida State University

Susan Russell, Northern Illinois University

Alfred Stepan, Columbia University

Mark Thompson, University of Erlangen-Nuremberg

Social Science Research Council
Brooklyn, NY
May 17-18, 2010