Not the “ASEAN Way”: The Southern Philippines Conflict and Its Internationalization

  • Stephen C. DruceEmail author
Part of the Asia in Transition book series (AT, volume 3)


The chapter discusses the long-running conflict in the Southern Philippines between the Bangsa Moro and the Philippine government. The conflict stands in contrast to other intrastate conflicts in ASEAN as it has long attracted the attention and involvement of the international community. The chapter traces the origins of the conflict, the rise of secessionist movements and the various peace processes to the present day that have attempted to find a peaceful resolution. In particular, it focuses on the role of external international actors in ameliorating incompatibilities between the two sides and their fundamental role in the various peace processes, such as mediation and the formulation of peace frameworks leading eventually to the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB).


Bangsa Moro Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Tripoli Agreement Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) Secession and autonomy Henry Dunant Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue (HD Centre) International Monitoring Team (IMT) International Contact Group (ICG) Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universiti Brunei DarussalamBandar Seri BegawanBrunei Darussalam

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