Participants at this meeting were primarily from governments in South East Asia, relevant international organisations and United Kingdom officials and other experts who met to exchange thinking and experience in responding to domestic conflicts.
South East Asia has hosted some of the longest running sub-national conflicts in the world. Unresolved tensions and challenges, based on longstanding grievances, persist, and could easily trigger new conflicts.
Recent studies demonstrate the complexity of the situation ‘on the ground’ and hence the importance of indepth, local knowledge when considering approaches to resolution. The Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN), the UK and other governments, and international organisations and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), have all been active in mediation and conflict resolution.
This conference examined responses to domestic conflicts in selected South East Asian countries, from the perspective of conflict affected states, to share experiences and best practice. It’s aim was to build, or strengthen, the capacity of states in the region in promoting sustainable approaches to conflict resolution.