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Manual on Political Party Management and Local Party Work

The political entity that will one day be called the Bangsamoro needs democrats to make it work. Regardless of whether the future will bring a new autonomous region or a federal region – the fate and well-being of the people depends on their ability to govern themselves. more…

Benedikt Seemann, Atty Benedicto Bacani | March 24, 2017

Designs for Success

Best Practices in Local Waste Management

In the fields of economic and political integration in Southeast Asia, local governance is often neglected. That is one of the reasons why Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) and UCLG ASPAC have partnered to start DELGOSEA in 2010. The underlying philosophy is a bottom-up approach. We believe that subsidiarity in all processes is crucial to effective governance and successful participation in public and political affairs. more…

Benedikt Seemann, Gennessy Detubio, Ronna Mae Villanueva | January 3, 2017

A Quest For Regional Solutions

Challenges and Prospects for Conflicts in the South China Sea

What does China’s rise mean to the Asia Pacific region and how to deal with it? That is the question most frequently addressed by scholars, analysts, and decision-makers right now. But what if China is not rising? What if it has risen already? What if unilateral approaches provide no solution? Assuming this is the case, it’s worth looking, not only at China itself, but instead for regional solutions and answers. more…

Benedikt Seemann, Tonette de Jesus | November 18, 2016

Bandits or Terrorists?

The Abu Sayyaf Group between Economic Interests and Religious Ideals

The Abu Sayyaf Group was designated as a terrorist organisation by the U.S. State Department at the end of the 1990s. The Philippine authorities followed suit in September 2015, more than 15 years later. The group made several references to its links to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Nonetheless, this article argues against its reckless tagging as an “Islamic terrorist organisation” by some, thereby calling for a more scrupulous approach in dealing with the complex conflict situation on the ground. more…

Benedikt Seemann | International Reports | April 4, 2016

Partnership with the Philippines

50th Anniversary

KAS Philippines Office has published an updated brochure that summarizes the history of KAS's work in the country and gives a detailed overview of the current work of KAS and its institutional partners in the country. more…

Benedikt Seemann, Dr. Peter Köppinger, Miriam Fischer | March 9, 2016