The William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution
The Asia Foundation's Board of Trustees established the William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution in 2004 to honor Dr. Fuller at the conclusion of his 15-year tenure as President of the Foundation.
This tribute reflects the organization's long-standing interest in the field and Dr. Fuller's personal concern for furthering the professional development of a cadre of young Asians with leadership potential and a commitment to advancing knowledge and experience regarding the management of sub-national conflicts.
The fellowship award supports a six-month professional affiliation with a relevant institution in the U.S. arranged by The Asia Foundation. The program may also include visits to selected cities in the US and in some cases, Asia, for additional meetings with specialists.
2014 William P. Fuller Fellow in Conflict Resolution
Hadee Hamidong: Thailand
Recognized as one of the most effective and influential youth leaders in Thailand's conflict-affected southern border provinces, Mr. Hadee Hamidong is an independent consultant whose professional activities have focused on peace building programs. He enjoys close working relationships with key local stakeholders in the Deep South, including religious, secular, youth and civil society leaders as well as academic specialists. Mr. Hamidong has assisted several key local organizations to develop conflict mitigation and related programs and raise funds. He recently served as co-producer of the Asia Foundation-funded local radio program Dunia Hari Ini (The World Today), which served as a media forum through which audiences in the Deep South learned about and engaged in discussions on issues related to the peace dialogue between the Government of Thailand and the BRN insurgent faction that emerged unexpectedly in 2013. In his previous work as a program officer with The Asia Foundation, Mr. Hamidong managed peace building and community empowerment programs in the southern border provinces. Hamidong also helped to produce the award-winning Let's Talk Rights television talk show on ThaiPBS.
To complement his practical work experience on conflict, governance, and related issues, Mr. Hamidong's fellowship has enabled him to study the theoretical and academic foundations of conflict mitigation and peace building at the Washington Semester Program of American University.
Wajahat Ali: Pakistan
Mr. Wajahat Ali, a researcher with the Pak Institute of Peace Studies and veteran print and broadcast journalist, has worked with some of the leading media outlets in Pakistan, including Dawn News TV on Pakistan's foreign policy and regional security. Mr. Ali has studied the genesis of various disputes in and around Pakistan and has sought to understand the factors perpetuating them. His fellowship consisted of six-month research affiliation at the New America Foundation in Washington D.C. and focused on Pakistan's increasing radicalization. He wrote a number of articles during his program and was invited by several research institutions to address this topic, the media in Pakistan and US-Pakistan relations. The Foundation also arranged for Mr. Ali to meet with research centers and other organizations dealing with conflict in the domestic or international contexts. A Q & A with Mr. Ali is available on The Asia Foundation's In Asia blog.
Octavio Dinampo: the Philippines
Professor Dinampo of Sulu, Mindanao, the fourth recipient of the William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution, teaches political science and history at Mindanao State University – Sulu. He has been an active participant in peace building, conflict resolution and community development activities in association with various local and international organizations. Professor Dinampo has played a key role in resolving a number of rido (clan conflicts) in Mindanao and was a 2008 recipient of the "Peace Weaver Award." Under Asia Foundation auspices, Professor Dinampo was a Visiting Scholar at American University's School for International Service, where he conducted research on the topic of "Conflict and Peace Building in Mindanao." Following the research affiliation, the Foundation arranged for Mr. Dinampo to meet with scholars and practitioners in conflict resolution on the West Coast and in Thailand.
As Secretary General of Forum LSM Aceh and a leading figure in a network of sixty local NGOs in Aceh, Mr. Wiradmadinata has represented Aceh's' civil society in advising the Aceh Peaceful Reintegration Agency (BRA) on implementation of the 2005 Peace Agreement between the Aceh Rebellion Movement and the Indonesian Government. For his research affiliation, he was a Visiting Fellow at the University of Maryland's Center for International Development and Conflict Management, his research there resulted in a paper entitled, "An Evolving Model for Conflict Transformation and Peace Building in Aceh." View the Executive Summary. He concluded his fellowship with presentations in Bangkok and Mindanao hosted by the Foundation. Interest in his work was such that the latter event drew an audience of almost 100 in the Southern Philippines, where the populace had long awaited a peace agreement.
Lu Lei: China
Dr. Lu Lei, Director of the Research Center, Institute of Rural Development, a unit of China's Academy of Sciences, was the second fellowship recipient. During his placement as a Visiting Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Chinese Studies, he completed a paper on China's "Land Rights and Village Organizations," describing adverse effects of China's land system on farmers.
Deepak Thapa: Nepal
In 2005, the initial William P. Fuller Fellowship in Conflict Resolution was awarded to Mr. Deepak Thapa, Director of the Social Science Baha and a widely respected authority on the Maoist insurgency in Nepal. Mr. Thapa was affiliated with Columbia University's Center for International Conflict Resolution as a Visiting Scholar. During his visit, he received a number of public speaking invitations, including testimony before the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs.