Porous peace in Mindanao’s free trade area

This policy brief aims to stimulate discussions around possible mechanisms for harnessing the development and peace potentials of cross-border trade while curbing its violent tendencies in the Mindanao region of the Philippines. Such mechanisms could help to bring sustained growth and enduring peace in the region, especially in light of the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement of the Bangsamoro between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. This is one of five policy briefs that look at the importance of shadow economies in achieving sustainable peace in Mindanao. Find out more here.