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Tim Johnston

Tim Johnston is an independent consultant. He was formerly the Asia Program Director for the International Crisis Group where he managed the organisation’s research, analysis and policy prescription in the Asia region and, prior to this, Tim worked as a foreign correspondent in Asia for more than 20 years. During this time he reported extensively for media including the Financial Times, the International Herald Tribune and Reuters on countries such as Afghanistan, East Timor, Indonesia, Myanmar and Thailand, among others.

Articles by Tim Johnston (4)

  • Philippines peace process: Duterte playing for high stakes

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has put his weight unequivocally behind efforts to bring a negotiated end to more than four decades of conflict in the south of the country, but uncertainty is bleeding momentum from the process and the clock is ticking. The Duterte administration inherited a peace process that had stalled when Congress failed to pass enabling legislation that would have created an autonomous region for Muslims in key parts of Mindanao and the southern islands.
  • Why Duterte needs to move fast to end decades-long insurgency

    The southern Philippines is potentially closer to peace than at any time in the four decades since Muslim insurgents started fighting for independence, but the substantial progress over the past six years is also fragile. The new President, Rodrigo Duterte, needs to build quickly on the foundations laid by the last administration or the process risks collapse. President Duterte is a supporter of a peace deal in the south.