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Georgi Engelbrecht

Senior Analyst, Philippines

Crisis Group Role

Georgi Englebrecht joined Crisis Group in late September 2019. As Senior Analyst for the Philippines, he focuses mostly on the various conflicts and peace processes within the country. In addition, he carries out research and analysis of topics relevant to the Philippine neighbourhood, such as the South China Sea or the Sulu Sea.

Professional Background

Georgi Engelbrecht worked for around 8 years on the Southern Philippines, mostly on conflict prevention and civilian protection. He was part of the International Monitoring Team (IMT) in Mindanao until 2019. He has master’s degrees in international law and international relations.

Areas of Expertise

  • Philippines
  • International Humanitarian Law
  • Human Rights
  • Armed Groups
  • Civilian Protection

Select Publications

  • The West and Russia in the Mediterranean: Towards a Renewed Rivalry? in: Mediterranean Politics, Vol.13, Nr.3 2009, p.385-406, co-authored with Derek Lutterbeck.
  • Community-Based Protection Mechanisms, in: Peace Review, Vol.27, Nr.1 2015, p.43-51, co- authored with Vidushi Kaushik.
  • Prospects for the normalisation process in the Southern Philippines: An architecture of uncertainty? In: From Aquino II to Duterte (2010-2018): Change, Continuity-and Rupture, p.239-262, Ch. 8., edited by. Imelda Deinla and Bjoern Dressel (Singapore:Iseas-Yusof Ishak Institute).

Latest Updates

Q&A / Asia

Philippines: The International Criminal Court Goes After Duterte’s Drug War

Officials in The Hague have announced a formal investigation into alleged state crimes committed as part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s aggressive counter-narcotics campaign in the Philippines. For several reasons, as Crisis Group expert Georgi Engelbrecht explains, the enquiry will face an uphill battle.

Op-Ed / Asia

The Normalization Process in the Bangsamoro Faces Rising Uncertainty

Delays in the decommissioning of Moro rebels and other measures threaten the fragile peace in the newly created Bangsamoro Autonomous Region.

Originally published in The Diplomat

Op-Ed / Asia

Bangsamoro’s Potential for Regional Gains

The recently established Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) offers new hope for a peaceful future for its majority-Muslim population after decades of war. The success of BARMM, and more broadly, the peace process, could send positive ripple effects across the wider region.

Originally published in Philippine Strategic Forum

Commentary / Asia

Resilient Militancy in the Southern Philippines

Two August bomb explosions in the southern Philippines’ Sulu archipelago highlighted how militant networks may be splintered but are deeply entrenched. To keep the long Bangsamoro transition to peace on track, the government should strengthen outreach to local elites and improve cooperation between security services.