Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative

Auditorium Ivan Pictet B, Maison de la Paix, Geneva, Switzerland - 30 October 2017, 12-1 PM

This event is organized by the Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative and PeaceWomen Across the Globe

In 2014, the Philippine government struck a deal with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), accepting the creation of a self-governed territory in the south of the country. The deal seemed to signify the end of half a century of fighting for the Muslim Moro’s right to an independent state. Three years later, however, the agreement remains stuck in Congress. While the MILF has reiterated its commitment to peace by allying with the government in its fight against terrorism, it is also showing signs of fragmentation. Many of its members are growing frustrated with the process and new groups are taking up arms against the government, many of which claim an affiliation with Islamic State.

Why is the peace process stuck? Could a revitalized peace process stem the rise of violent extremist groups? And what can we learn from international experiences about inclusive strategies to counter violent extremism?

Introductory Remarks

  • Ruth-Gaby Vermot-Mangold, President of PeaceWomen Across the Globe

Guest Speaker

  • Miriam Coronel Ferrer, former Chief Negotiator for the Philippine government during the peace process with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), Professor of Politics at the University of the Philippines


  • Dr. Thania Paffenholz, Director of the Inclusive Peace & Transition Initiative at the Graduate Institute Geneva