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Searching for Peace in Asia Pacific: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities

Annelies Heijmans, Nicola Simmonds, and Hans van de Veen, editors
Searching for Peace in Asia Pacific: An Overview of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding Activities
ISBN: 978-1-58826-214-1
ISBN: 978-1-58826-239-4
2004/848 pages/LC: 2004009267
Published in association with the European Centre for Conflict Prevention

"This is perhaps the most thorough analysis of conflicts in the Asia Pacific region, and the most comprehensive database of civil society actors involved in conflict prevention, that is available.... It is an indispensable resource."—Feiloakitau Kaho Tevi, World Council of Churches

"A fanatastic resource, not only for conflict prevention specialists, but for all those interested in peace initiatives in the region.... focused and reader-friendly. I highly recommend it."—Gareth Evans, International Crisis Group

"[This] most welcome addition manages a wide coverage of current issues and broad topics without losing depth of vision, and combines analytical essays and reflections with focused discussions of conflict situations.... Surely, the ever growing community of peace researchers and practitioners in all parts of the world will find it a timely, provocative, and inspiring resource." —Jeannie Manipon, Asian Regional Exchange for New Alternatives (ARENA)


Third in an acclaimed series, Searching for Peace in Asia Pacific offers critical background information, up-to-date surveys of the conflicts in the region and a directory of some 400 relevant organizations working in the field of conflict prevention and peacebuilding. The authors provide detailed, objective descriptions of ongoing activities, as well as assessments of the prospects for conflict resolution.


Annelies Heijmans is coordinator and Nicola Simmonds is former project officer of the Asia Pacific Program of the European Centre for Conflict Prevention (ECCP). Hans van de Veen is senior journalist and coordinator of Environment and Development Productions, an international network of journalists.


  • Foreword—Kevin Clements.
  • Introduction—the Editors.
  • Conflict Through Asia and the Pacific: Causes and Trends—B. Reilly and K. Graham.
  • Empowering People to Build a Just Peace in the Asian Arena—E. Garcia.
  • Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific: Official and Unofficial Responses —D. Ball.
  • East Asia and the "War on Terror": Why Human Rights Matter—D. Wright-Neville.
  • Globalization, Insecurity, and Overextension—W. Bello.
  • Transition and Conflict in Asia Pacific: The Role of the International Community in the Democratization Process—K. Graham.
  • Lessons Learned from Peacebuilding Practices in Asia Pacific—J. Wake.
  • Northeast Asia.
  • Regional Introduction: The Changing Regional Security Agenda in PostSeptember 11 Northeast Asia—J. Tang.
  • Japan: Accepting the Challenges of Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding—N. Suto.
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  • China: The Potential for Civil Unrest in China—Y. Cheng and K.L. Ngok.
  • China and Regional Security: External Perceptions and Responses—R. Li.
  • China's Perception of External Threats to Its Security and Stability—S. Zhao.
  • Taiwan: Building Cooperation Across the Taiwan Strait—C. Lee.
  • Tibet: Still Searching for Solutions—J. Caple.
  • Xinjiang: History, Cultural Survival, and the Future of the Uyghur—D.C. Gladney.
  • Korea: Perilous Crossing and New Dangers—F.D. Lee.
  • Southeast Asia.
  • Regional Introduction: Missing the Target? The Human Cost of Small Arms Proliferation and Misuse in Southeast Asia—D. Capie.
  • Burma/Myanmar: Military Rule and Ethnic Conflict—T. Kramer.
  • Cambodia: Peacebuilding amid Unresolved Issues—S.P. Ngarm.
  • East Timor: The Role of Civil Society in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding—H. da Costa.
  • Indonesia.
  • Political Transition and Communal Violence—H. Crouch.
  • Aceh: Civil Society, the Missing Piece of Peace Building—Aguswandi.
  • Kalimantan: Unity or Diversity?—J. Bamba.
  • Maluku: The Challenge of Peace—S.R. Panggabean.
  • West Papua: Building Peace Through an Understanding of Conflict—Y.G. Bonay and J. McGrory.
  • Communist Insurgencies in The Philippines: Years of Talks, But No Solution Yet—R.C. Casambre.
  • Mindanao: Conflicting Agendas, Stumbling Blocks, and Prospects Toward Sustainable Peace—R. Cagoco-Guiam.
  • South China Sea: Managing Territorial and Resource Disputes—A. Baviera.
  • Pacific Islands.
  • Regional Introduction: Creating Peace in the Pacific—N. Maclellan.
  • Fiji: Enabling Civic Capacities for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding —S. Prasad and D. Snell.
  • Papua New Guinea: A Success Story of Postconflict Peacebuilding in Bougainville—V. Böge and L. Garasu.
  • The Solomon Islands: Conflict and Peacebuilding—B. Pollard and M. Wale.