Finding Thermopylae in Marawi: Revisiting the 2017 Siege of the Philippines'

July 29, 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Mānoa Campus, Zoom Webinars

Please join us for a Virtual Public Seminar

Finding Thermopylae in Marawi: Revisiting the 2017 Siege of the Philippines' Islamic City


Criselda Yabes
Journalist and Author

Patricio Abinales
Professor, University of Hawaii at Manoa

On May 23, 2017, a group of militants claiming allegiance to ISIS seized the Islamic City of Marawi in the southern island of Mindanao, Philippines. It took the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) five months to liberate the city. Criselda Yabes visited Marawi several times during and after the siege and is now finishing a book about this fateful event. This webinar will include an overview of the events leading to the Marawi crisis along with insights and reflections on the war zone in Marawi City and the town of Butig, assessing the protagonists and Wahhabism's corrosive influence on Sunni Muslim Filipinos. Featured speakers Yabes, joining us from Manila, and Abinales are both from the Mindanao region.

Criselda Yabes is one of a handful of Filipino journalists who write about the Philippine military. She has two books on the Armed Forces of the Philippines. The first, Boys from the Barracks, tells the story of the colonels who plotted coups against Presidents Ferdinand Marcos and Corazon Aquino. The second book, Peace Warriors, is about the shift in the AFP's strategy from body counts to winning hearts and minds in its war against Muslim separatists in Mindanao.

Patricio N. Abinales teaches at the Asian Studies Program, University of University of Hawai?i at Ma?noa. He is the co-author of State and Society in the Philippines (2017). A third and expanded edition of his book Making Mindanao: Cotabato and Davao in the Formation of the Philippine Nation-State will be published by Ateneo de Manila University Press.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Philippine Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa

This seminar will take place entirely on Zoom via its Webinar platform.

Date and Time:
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
3 pm – 4 pm Hawaii Time (9 pm - 10 pm EDT)

This seminar will be on-the-record and recorded on Zoom for sharing afterwards.

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Please register by July 28, 5 pm Hawaii Time (11 pm EDT)


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Name: Dana Almodova

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East-West Center, Mānoa Campus

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