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Troops with a bomb-sniffing dog check on residents of Lanao del Norte heading to a voting center during the second stage of a plebiscite on ratifying an autonomous Muslim region in the southern Philippines, Feb. 6, 2019.

Round Two of Bangsamoro Plebiscite Yields Mixed Results

The fact that all six Lanao del Norte towns rejected Muslim autonomy could complicate peace prospects.

Zachary Abuza

Dr. Zachary Abuza is a professor at the National War College in Washington where he focuses on Southeast Asian politics and security issues, including governance, insurgencies, democratization and human rights, and maritime security.

He is the author of five books, including Conspiracy of Silence: The Insurgency in Southern Thailand (2008), Political Islam and Violence in Indonesia (2006), Militant Islam in Southeast Asia (2003), and Renovating Politics in Contemporary Vietnam (2001). His latest book, Forging Peace in Southeast Asia: Insurgencies, Peace Processes, and Reconciliation, is a comparative analysis of the peace processes in Aceh, Mindanao, and southern Thailand (2016).

In addition, he has authored four monographs on security issues in Southeast Asia, as well as a major survey on the media and civil society in Vietnam for the National Endowment for Democracy.

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