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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

The Philippines Votes the Marcos Dynasty Back into Power

After months of campaigning, Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., son of the notorious ex-dictator, will take presidential office in the Philippines at the end of June. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Georgi Engelbrecht explains the vote’s implications for the country’s internal security and foreign policy.

Podcast / Asia

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte: Populist or Peacemaker?

This week on Hold Your Fire!, Richard Atwood and Naz Modirzadeh are joined by Crisis Group’s Philippines expert, Georgi Engelbrecht, to discuss President Rodrigo Duterte’s legacy.

Q&A / Asia

The Philippines: Three More Years for the Bangsamoro Transition

President Rodrigo Duterte has signed a bill doubling the length of the political transition in the new autonomous entity in the southern Philippines. In this Q&A, Crisis Group expert Georgi Engelbrecht explains why the extension is welcome news.

How Islamist Militants Elsewhere View the Taliban’s Victory in Afghanistan

While Islamist insurgents around the world are inspired by the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, the question of whether and how they will benefit as a result is more complicated, as Crisis Group experts explain in this 360-degree view.

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.