The Stratbase ADR Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ADRi) is an independent, international research organization focused on the in-depth analysis of economic, social, political and strategic issues influencing the Philippines and the Indo-Pacific region. At the age of geopolitical uncertainties and technological advancements, ADRi gives equal importance to the interdependent nature of states, sectors and stakeholders for its strategic analyses and solutions design.

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, Indo-Pacific 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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Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program, Stratbase ADR Institute Once again, the enigmatic and massive presence of Chinese fishing vessels that are believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia are in the Philippine Economic Exclusive Zone (EEZ), particularly in the Julian Felipe Reef (Whitsun… Read More

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The Indo-Pacific region is in the middle of a pivotal moment in geopolitics where uncertainties continue to emanate from the changing power dynamics among states and evolving complex security threats. This has also prominently highlighted that the interdependence of states is no longer a government affair alone but has elevated the relevance of non-state actors… Read More

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Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program, Stratbase ADR Institute On March 20, 2021, Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana officially informed the Filipino nation about the presence of around 220-blue hulled Chinese fishing vessels moored in line formation at Julian Felipe Reef (international name… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute The results that policymakers had hoped for when the Philippines was locked down in March 2020 to curb the spread of COVID-19 did not happen. A year after, the National Capital Region and the surrounding provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal have again been put under lockdown, with… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute The year 2020 was a great disruption that reversed the Philippine economy’s growth with a full-year contraction of 9.5 percent, the country’s worst economic performance in 73 years. This was also the steepest decline recorded in Southeast Asia last year. Likewise a record was the country’s annual unemployment rate… Read More

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Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute The Stratbase ADR Institute recently launched a quarterly virtual roundtable discussion series highlighting the business sector’s role in addressing economic insecurity brought upon by the pandemic. Kicked-off last month, the inaugural session brought together thought leaders from the country’s most prominent business groups to talk about how… Read More

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Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute Reliable electricity is one aspect of our day-to-day that we often take for granted. And, until something happens to remind us just how necessary it is, we never seem to fully appreciate the fundamental role it plays in our daily lives. Usually, this reminder comes as we… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute The year 2020 turned out to be another indelible page in history; a period of great disruption not only for the Philippines but also for the rest of the world. According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the global recession resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic averaged -3.5% in 2020.… Read More

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Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute It is hard to imagine that the country has been in a perpetual state of lockdown since March 2020. The last year has been an uphill battle, both in terms of the economy and public health. Many businesses have been forced to either close or scale back… Read More

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