Southeast Asia is rich with cultures, languages and ethnicities. Peoples within the region have for centuries, migrated, traded, fought and intermarried. Deeply altered by colonialism and wars (civil and foreign), some Southeast Asian countries are currently among the least developed in the world. Yet many civil society leaders and government officials show a deep commitment to promoting peace and economic development that respond to the needs of communities recovering from war, conflict and trauma.
AFSC’s Southeast Asia Regional Learning Networks foster dialogue and exchange, bringing civil society leaders, youth, officials and scholars together to examine regional historical tensions, centuries-old rivalries, and current sources of conflict in the modern and evolving context.
AFSC values open dialogue as a means to build understanding and mutual respect for differing views, and engaging all sides of a conflict. Through exposure trips and cross-regional specialized trainings and forums, the program builds relationships among the region’s stakeholders.