AIMTEC co-hosts a Public Forum with LSE Crisis States Centre Director James Putzel, Ph.D.
Makati City, Philippines - Last June 17, 2016, the Asian Institute of Management TeaM Energy Center for Bridging Leadership (AIMTEC), in partnership with International Alert (IA) and the AIM Zuellig School of Development Management (ZSDM), held a public forum with London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) Development Studies Professor and Director of the LSE Crisis States Centre, Professor James Putzel, Ph.D., entitled “Fissures of Fragility in the Philippines: Reflections on state and society on the eve of Duterte.”
Professor Juan Miguel Luz, Associate Dean of the ZSDM, welcomed the members of the diplomatic community, various departments of the Philippine government, and international aid agencies, as well as Master in Development Management (MDM) students to the event. He highlighted the relevance of the public forum as the Philippines transitions to a Duterte presidency and as AIM positions itself at the forefront of merging business and society.
“Business management and development management are viewed at the AIM as two sides of the same coin. As we near the presidential inaugration of President-elect Duterte, this discussion will hopefully give an idea of the minefields and opportunties for the country,” Professor Luz said.
Dr. Putzel then shared his insights on the economic and political situation of the Philippines as it transitions to a Duterte presidency. He discussed the varying requirements for peace and for development and argued for the decisive role of political organizations and political settlements in achieving lasting peace and sustained economic growth. Dr. Putzel described the fragility of the Philippines, delving on the constraints that challenge peace and prosperity in the country.
IA Philippine Country Manager, Dr. Francisco Lara, Jr. moderated the public forum. Practical questions raised by guests and students centered on agrarian reform and rural development, resource conflict and responsible mining, what development programs to prioritze, the persistence of oligarchial rule, and the changing directions for Philippine foreign policies. Meanwhile, theoretical questions focused on the capacity of the Philippine state for continuity in change, the changing dynamics between mayoral and national politics, and the link between populism and neoliberalism.
Executive Director of the AIMTEC, Professor Manuel De Vera closed the event, remarking the insightful discussion that ensued. He expressed his excitement for the public forum as the AIMTEC continues its twelve-year work on addressing fissures of fragility or societal divides in the Philippines, especially in Mindanao.
“We at the Center for Bridging Leadership invite you to take these meaningful conversations and organize collaborative efforts that will lead us towards a future without societal divides,” said Professor De Vera.
Dr. James Putzel is a Full-time Professor at the International Development Department of the LSE, and is Director of the LSE Crisis States Centre. His research interests include agrarian reform and rural development, political and economic elites and political settlements, development and aid policies, and social capital and transformative politics in the Philippines and post-war states like Rwanda, Afghanistan, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is noted for his work on Hacienda Luisita and the politics of agrarian and rural change in his 1992 book, “Captive Land: The Politics of Agrarian Reform in the Philippines.”