Sunday, February 07, 2016

Mindanao: Nationalism, Jihadism and Frustrated Peace (A Public Lecture)

The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman will be hosting a public lecture, “Mindanao: Nationalism, Jihadism and Frustrated Peace” by Dr. Nathan Quimpo on Monday, 15 February 2016, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Seminar Room, Hall of Wisdom, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. The lecture is free and open to the public; seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve seats, please click here to sign up.

Organized by the UP Asian Center, UP Department of Political Science, and the UP Third World Studies Center, this lecture is based on Dr. Quimpo’s forthcoming article of the same title, which will be published in the Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs in April 2016. 


This article examines why the decades-old Moro insurgency in Mindanao, southern Philippines, has remained difficult to resolve, and how recent international developments such as the jihadization of once secular ethno-nationalist movements and the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have influenced it. The author argues that jihadism made significant inroads in the Moro nationalist struggle already in the 1990s, way before 9/11, and that since 2007, a more moderate Islamism has gained ascendancy. He argues further that the Moro insurgency has remained intractable because of grave errors committed by the Arroyo and Aquino administrations; recurrent outbursts of anti-Moro hysteria incited by demagogic politicians; and a continuing weak third party role in the Mindanao peace process. He warns that the apparent collapse of the most recent peace pact between the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) poses the danger of the possible rise of new ISIS-linked jihadist groups.


Nathan Gilbert Quimpo, a long-time political activist in the Philippines before turning to an academic career, has taught at the University of the Philippines, University of Amsterdam and Sophia University (Tokyo), and is currently an associate professor of political science and international relations at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. Quimpo has authored Contested Democracy and the Left in the Philippines after Marcos (Yale University Southeast Asia Studies, 2008), co-authored Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years (Anvil, 2012), and published articles in Comparative Politics, Pacific Review, Asian Survey, Southeast Asian Affairs and Critical Asian Studies. His research and teaching interests include: democracy, democratization and democratic governance; conflict and peace studies; political corruption; and Southeast Asian politics.

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