Dahlia Simangan

Dahlia Simangan
Hiroshima University | HU · Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences

PhD International Relations

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Introduction
My research interest in peace and conflict studies includes topics on peacebuilding, the United Nations, International Relations in the Anthropocene, and human rights issues in the Philippines.
Additional affiliations
April 2021 - present
Hiroshima University
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
Description
  • 2019-2021 Assistant Professor, Network for Education and Research on Peace and Sustainability (NERPS), and the Graduate School of International Development and Cooperation (IDEC) of Hiroshima University
January 2008 - July 2008
Office of the President / Department of Foreign Affairs
Position
  • Policy Research and Information Officer
Description
  • Conducted field monitoring of Philippine bilateral military activities with the United States; Reviewed policies and submitted policy recommendations to related government agencies
May 2006 - December 2007
Armed Forces of the Philippines
Position
  • Logistics Management Officer
Description
  • Developed and managed projects to increase efficiency of logistical acquisitions; Monitored and evaluated bilateral agreements on defence logistics of the Armed Forces of the Philippines with defence forces of various countries
Education
September 2012 - April 2017
Australian National University
Field of study
  • International Relations
September 2008 - June 2010
International University of Japan
Field of study
  • International Relations
June 2002 - April 2006
University of the Philippines
Field of study
  • Sociology

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Publications (32)
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This book interrogates the common perception that liberal peace is in crisis and explores the question: can the local turn save liberal peacebuilding? | Presenting a case for a liberal renaissance in peacebuilding, the work interrogates the assumptions behind the popular perception that liberal peace is in crisis. It re-examines three of the case...
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Liberal peacebuilding’s imperfect record of involving local actors in rebuilding post-conflict societies paved the way for the local turn in peacebuilding. One of the issues the local turn highlights is local involvement in peacebuilding processes. Drawing from the experiences of previous peacebuilding missions in Cambodia, Kosovo, and Timor-Leste,...
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The unprecedented and unsustainable impact of human activities on the biosphere threatens the survival of the Earth's inhabitants, including the human species. Several solutions have been presented to mitigate, or possibly undo, this looming global catastrophe. The dominant discourse, however, has a monolithic and Western-centric articulation of th...
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Several disciplines outside the natural sciences, including International Relations (IR), have engaged with the Anthropocene discourse in order to theorize their relevance and translate their practical value in this new phase of the Earth's history. Some IR scholars have called for a post-humanist IR, planet politics, a cosmopolitan view, and ecolo...
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A state-centric, militaristic, and capitalist-driven model of the liberal world appears incompatible with the measures required for addressing the global environmental threats in the proposed new geological epoch called the Anthropocene. While there have been discussions suggesting or implying the rejection or radical disruption of existing sets of...
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The aim of this study is to identify which components of peace are most associated with environmental sustainability. Drawing on the Global Peace Index, Positive Peace Index, and Environmental Performance Index, our study shows that environmental performance (especially regarding air quality, safe sanitation, and safe drinking water) is more closel...
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Despite broad recognition that peace and sustainability are interrelated, the pathways of their relationship remain ambiguous or nascent at best. We synthesized the literature relevant to the linkages between the two by framing our analysis around the pillars of positive peace and the dimensions of sustainability. Our review reveals that while the...
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Over the past 3 decades, a vast body of research has been published on the interactions between climate change and events that undermine negative peace. Consequently, several review papers have been published in the last few years on this nexus. However, there is still a lack of a comprehensive bibliometrics analysis of the field. Accordingly, the...
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The sustainability agenda has evolved around a set of interconnected dilemmas regarding economic, social, and environmental goals. Progress has been made in establishing thresholds and targets that must be achieved to enable life to continue to thrive on the planet. However, much work remains to be done in articulating coherent theoretical framewor...
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Climate change is increasingly recognized as a threat to global peace and security. This paper intends to provide a better understanding of the nature of interactions between climate change and events that undermine peace, through a systematic review of recent literature. It highlights major methodological approaches adopted in the literature, elab...
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The interlinkages between peace and sustainability are embedded in several international agreements and declarations and recognized by various research studies. However, the characteristics of their bidirectional relationship remain underexamined. Here we scope the complex and multifaceted relationship between peace and sustainability based on an e...
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This paper introduces and develops the concept of “reflexive peacebuilding”. Peacebuilding has been conceptualised using different theoretical frameworks and operationalised across various levels of governance. This paper re-conceptualises peacebuilding in the context of the growing discourse on the Anthropocene. Drawing on the work of John S. Dryz...
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Sustainability and peace have long been recognized within academic and policy circles as intrinsically interrelated. Although there are some studies that examine impacts of sustainability on peace and vice versa, a specific focus on the sustainability–peace nexus remains marginal in academic and policy discourses, and pathways where sustainability...
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Timor-Leste’s extractive industry became economically and politically important during the post-conflict transition period. The government established the Petroleum Fund in 2005 to protect the economy from a “resource curse.” However, the management of the Fund has since become a source of controversy as it created opportunities for corruption and...
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The universalising tendency of the Anthropocene as a concept overshadows the injustices and inequalities in human history. Those most responsible for the causes of the Anthropocene are less likely to bear the brunt of its consequences, while those who are least responsible are the most vulnerable. Furthermore, the unsustainable conditions in the An...
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The concept of hybridity sheds light on the complexity of conflict settings. It helps to analyse the participation of all parties and actors involved and entangled in a social network of normative and political power, while avoiding theoretical binaries that over-simplify the process of post-conflict peacebuilding. What lacks, however, is a practic...
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Academics, policymakers, and practitioners have long considered peace and sustainability to be fundamentally linked. However, despite the increased attention paid toward the intersection of peace and sustainability, there is still limited knowledge on the nature of their linkages. To advance the current understanding on the peace-sustainability nex...
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Some scientists propose that the Earth has entered the Anthropocene—a new geological age in which human activities have become the driving force behind global environmental changes. Several disciplines outside the natural sciences have engaged with debates surrounding the Anthropocene, including International Relations (IR), in order to theorise th...
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This paper examines mine action in Cambodia and its implications for common conceptions of civil society and transitional justice. The complexities of past Cambodian conflicts and the strained state-civil society relationship at present have led to a complicated legacy of landmines. The collective harm Cambodian people have experienced also blurs t...
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This essay focuses on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s speech delivered in December 2018 regarding his intent to wipe out the communist elements in the country. It first provides a background on the fifty-year-long communist insurgency in the Philippines and the peace process under Duterte’s administration. It then historically reflects on th...
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This paper examines the unresolved tensions from international/liberal-local encounters during Cambodia’s post-conflict peacebuilding in the areas of governance and justice. The quick introduction but weak implementation of international/liberal norms and institutions enabled the local elite to contextualise, negotiate, resist and reject those inte...
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The concept of hybrid peace is at the forefront of recent scholarship on the local turn in peacebuilding. It highlights the interplay between the international and local, and advocates for better involvement of local actors and agencies. This paper adds to the growing scholarship on hybrid peace by substantiating the concept of negative hybrid peac...
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Liberal missteps have paved the way for the local turn in post-conflict peacebuilding. However, localized peacebuilding does not always produce peaceful outcomes. Several scholars have previously demonstrated that unresolved tensions from international-local encounters result in a negative hybrid peace in which political and social hierarchies are...
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Since the newly elected Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte took office in June 2016, more than 7,000 deaths have been linked to his ongoing “war on drugs.” Despite international condemnation of extrajudicial and vigilante killings, the statistics show no sign of slowing down and the administration remains firm in eradicating people engaged in ill...
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The critiques of the liberal peacebuilding framework led to recommendations of further enhancing local involvement during a peacebuilding process, including transitional justice. Previous studies highlight the importance of grounding transitional justice mechanisms on local contexts to better address the needs of victims in post-conflict societies....

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