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

Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program of the Stratbase ADR Institute A few weeks after his fifth visit to China, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte claimed that Chinese President Xi Jingping offered him a controlling stake in a proposed joint energy exploration in the West Philippine… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute Breakaway development for the Philippines has been elusive. While signs of progress continue to manifest in our society, nationwide development has been hampered by an unstable outlook on how we can harness and manage our natural resources. But we can, in fact, utilize the richness of our… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute A wide-ranging value chain analysis on the Philippine economy leads us to try new strategies, which can eventually jumpstart “real” development. The fact remains that our country is the fifth most mineralized country in the world; the issue of effective resource management in order to unleash the… Read More

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It is with pleasure that we share with you our latest SPARK entitled, “The Duterte Presidency at the Crossroads”. This paper consists of five sections. While the introduction lays the general landscape within which the present government could be understood, the second part comparatively discusses the achievements and the SONA (State of the Nation Address)… Read More

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Vanessa Pepino, Non-Resident Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute Plastic waste pollution is one of the country’s most pressing environmental problems. However, what is unknown to most is that in 2018, plastic imports grew by 1.5% and was valued at US$ 180 million. This was needed to fuel our manufacturing industries and meet the seemingly… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute In the playbook of democratic governance, government and its institutions perform the role of an enabler that provides the necessary legal and regulatory environment for the delivery of better and affordable public services. While the political stiffness rendered by centralized services has made government programs inept amidst… Read More

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We are pleased to share with you our August Occasional Paper, entitled “Revitalizing the Philippine Recycling Industry: A Viable Strategy for Solid Waste Management” written  by our Environment Fellow, Ms. Vanessa Pepino. The paper focuses on how a vibrant and well-integrated Recycling Industry is necessary to develop a more efficient and effective solid waste management… Read More

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Ren de los Santos, Research Manager of the Stratbase Group and Resident Fellow for Global Politics of the Stratbase ADR Institute Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed the earth. Behemoths of a forgotten world, they were the alpha predators that preyed on smaller animals and had access to unlimited sources of food. Because of this,… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute They might seem like disparate matters, yet the recent audit report on Kaliwa Dam and the water crisis that has been afflicting Metro Manila are facets of the same issue: hydropolitics. From recent news reports, the Commission on Audit has raised questions on the bidding process for… Read More

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