The Stratbase ADR Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ADRi) is an independent strategic research organization. With its international focus, ADRi believes that Philippine and regional security and development can be achieved through the cooperation of the public and private sectors.

ADRi traces its roots to the Stratbase Research Institute (SRI) established in 2004. SRI focused on providing strategic solutions to domestic governance, socio-economic, and other policy concerns. It aimed to contribute to Philippine development through research and responsive policy alternatives.

As SRI sought solutions, East Asia’s affairs frequently inserted themselves into the equation. There was and is a clear relation between domestic and regional affairs; movement in one reverberates in the other.

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Thinking Beyond Politics

Jose Antonio Custodio, Non-Resident Security Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute In 2013, President Xi Jin Ping proposed for the establishment of a comprehensive economic project that would cover large parts of the globe stretching from China all the way to Africa and Europe. This has since then become known as the One Belt One… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute A new year is a time for change. A survey of the SWS shows that 96 percent of Filipinos are hopeful at the start of 2018. The World Bank and Asian Development Bank have issued positive forecasts on the economy given the potentials of increased public spending… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute The year 2018 is indeed a hopeful one, where the optimism for “tunay na pagbabago” — real change — runs strongly among Filipinos. Such optimism is animated by the latest survey results, which showed the net satisfaction ratings of President Duterte at 80 percent in Mindanao, 55… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute The 2018 budget reflects this administration’s expansionist fiscal strategy, allowing more spending on priority expenditures such as infrastructure and social services. The total national budget amounting to P3.767 trillion is 12.4 percent higher than this year’s budget. While the 2018 budget may help propel the economy and… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute The United States used to enjoy a central role in ensuring geopolitical stability throughout much of Asia. But with the changing landscape in regional security, a shift has taken place, and China has risen as an emergent power gradually pushing the United States aside. This waning influence… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute A common observation made by critics and noncritics alike of the mining industry is that the 2-percent excise tax on minerals is too low. To understand such a perspective, it will help to know that the last adjustment in the rates of the excise tax was made… Read More

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ADRi Special Study: “The Special Japan-Australia Strategic Partnership Within the Ambit of Democratic Security Diamond: Seeking Partnership with the Philippines in Maritime Security”

Stratbase ADRi hosted a roundtable discussion entitled: “The Special Japan-Australia Strategic Partnership Within the Ambit of Democratic Security Diamond: Seeking Partnership with the Philippines in Maritime Security” last December 6. The round table discussion started with the presentation of Dr. Renato De Castro of his Special Study with the same title. Aside from the United… Read More

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Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee of the Stratbase ADR Institute In late May 2017, about 1,000 Islamic militants led by the Maute group and fighting under the black flag of the Islamic Army of Syria and Iraq took control of the central business district of Marawi City. The raid took President Rodrigo Duterte and the… Read More

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Dr. Renato C. de Castro, Trustee of the Stratbase ADR Institute President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s state visit to Beijing in mid-October 2016 caused several analysts and observers to conclude that the Philippines had parted from its traditional treaty ally, the United States, and had pivoted to its main protagonist in the South China Sea dispute,… Read More

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