Friday, May 04, 2012

An RTD on Federalism and Autonomy: Exploring Political Structural Solutions to the Mindanao Conflict

TWSC Conference Area, Lower Ground Floor, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines-Diliman, Quezon City

18 May  2012 (Friday), 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Please click here to access a playlist of the video recordings of the RTD.

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) of the University of the Philippines and the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre), a Geneva-based international foundation supporting the Mindanao Peace Process, would like to invite you to a Round Table Discussion (RTD) on “Federalism and Autonomy: Exploring Political Structural Solutions to the Mindanao Conflict” on Friday, 18 May 2012 9:00am-1:00pm at the TWSC Conference Area, Palma Hall, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

The HD Centre will be bringing in George Anderson, an international expert on federalism and former President of the Forum of Federations. While in the country, Mr. Anderson will be meeting with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Government (GPH) peace negotiating panels to advise them on political structural options for Muslim Mindanao.  This visit comes at a critical time for the negotiating panels which, just this 24 April 2012, signed a document containing 10 Decision Points on Principles with their counterparts in the negotiating table in Malaysia on 24 April 2012 (URL: In the document, both parties recognize that “the status quo is unacceptable and that the parties will work for the creation of a new autonomous political entity in place of the ARMM.” 

The TWSC and the HD Centre thought of gathering academics for a discussion on options and possibilities for the GPH-MILF peace process. As the expert will also be meeting separately with both the GPH and the MILF panels, this RTD can also serve as a venue to update you on developments in the peace talks. 


Welcome Remarks
Maria Ela L. Atienza, PhD
UP Third World Studies Center
Update on the Peace Talks  and Introduction of International Expert
David Gorman
Country Representative/Mediation Advisor
Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Philippines
Federalist Thoughts for Mindanao
George Anderson
Mediation Support Unit
United Nations and
President (former)
Forum of Federations

Jose Abueva, PhD
Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Public Administration
UP National College of Public Administration and Governance

Alex Brillantes Jr., PhD
Professor and Former Dean
UP National College of Public Administration and Governance
Open Forum

Herman Kraft
Associate Professor
UP Department of Political Science
Closing Statements
Speaker and Reactors

Closing Remarks / Summary of Significant Points
David Gorman
Country Representative/Mediation Advisor
Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue Philippines


George R.M. Anderson is currently an expert in the 2012 stand-by team of the Mediation Support Unit of the United Nations. He was a civil servant in the Canadian government, with senior appointments in the Energy, Finance, Foreign Affairs and Finance departments before becoming Deputy Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs (1996-2002) and of Natural Resources Canada (2002-2005) . He was President of the Forum of Federations, an international NGO supported by nine countries, 2005-2011. Educated at Queen’s and Oxford and the École Nationale d’Administration in Paris. Fellow at Harvard's Center for International Affairs (1992- 3). Author of Federalism: An Introduction (2008) and Fiscal Federalism: An Introduction (2010), which have been translated into 22 and 12 languages respectively. Editor of Oil and Gas in Federal Systems and Internal Markets and Multilevel Governance, both forthcoming in June 2012. A mentor, Trudeau Foundation, 2011. Vice-Chair, Board of Trustees, Queen’s University.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ela, good discussion there. I wrote about this forum, see the table too, "Federalism, Government Debt, Civil Society and the Private Sectors",

    thank you.