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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Thinking Beyond Politics

Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program, Stratbase ADR Institute Maritime Southeast Asia is located in an important crossroads between the Indian and Pacific Oceans near the center of a newly configured region called the Indo-Pacific.  The littoral states constituting this sub-region—the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore,… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute The COVID-19 pandemic has caused untold economic suffering, and there is clear public discontent about the government response measures to alleviate the plight of the suffering population. Alongside the adverse economic and social dislocations, government response measures also carry with them the threat of corruption. In January 2021, Transparency… Read More

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In 2013, President Xi Jinping introduced the Belt and Road initiative (BRI), China’s long-term policy and investment program designed to engage neighboring states and regions through infrastructure development. Covering an expanse of nearly 70 countries and 65% of the global population, China is looking to accelerate infrastructure development with partner countries and invest up to… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute States have continued to prioritize the implementation of various mitigation measures to recover from the setbacks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Emerging economies, including those that are in dire need of capital, have become more reliant on foreign investments to generate jobs, support key industries, and accelerate economic growth.… Read More

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Alvin M. Manalansan, Non-Resident Fellow of Stratbase ADR Institute and Convenor of CitizenWatch Philippines More than a decade ago, Republic Act No. 10069 was passed declaring May 7th of every year as the “Health Workers Day”, as recognition to thousands of Filipino healthcare workers that serve as the backbone of the country’s health system. The… Read More

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Venice Isabelle Rañosa, Research Manager, Stratbase ADR Institute Filipinos have been mired in agony for more than a year now as the country grapples to address the COVID-19 pandemic. During these hard times, income, job security, and affordable prices of goods and services are the most urgent concerns. The Philippines recorded its worst full-year contraction… Read More

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Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute On May 1, 1903, thousands of workers, under the Union Obrero Democratica de Filipinas (UODF), organized and marched from Plaza Moriones in Tondo to Malacañang to demand fairer working conditions. Over a century later, the Philippines continues to celebrate the day to commemorate hard-working Filipinos. This year,… Read More

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It is with pleasure that we share with you Stratbase ADR Institute’s Occasional Paper for April 2021. Entitled “Philippine Green Economic Recovery.” The paper further ventilates the persistent call for more government action and leadership, with corresponding accountability and transparency, in the promotion of green measures and programs that need to be reflected in the… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute The COVID-19 pandemic exposed the interconnectedness of public health, the economy, the environment, and society, and stressed the need to aggressively move toward a “green” economy. Private and public enterprises are now embracing the synergistic and sustainable benefits of environment, social, and governance (ESG) principles. Through effective policies, impact-sensitive… Read More

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