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

Weslene Uy, Economic Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute One thorny issue that dominated the economy last year was inflation—one of the top concerns of Filipinos. With only a few months left before the midterm elections, political hopefuls are treading carefully. Some have kept their distance from the issue, while others have used it to… Read More

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Weslene Uy, Economic Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute Duterte’s economic managers finally got a much-needed reprieve at the start of 2019. After months of struggling to contain increasing commodity prices, the inflation rate finally showed signs of slowing down. First, it clocked in at 6% in November, before easing further to 5.1% in December,… Read More

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Edwin Santiago, Executive Director of the Stratbase ADR Institute The United States government has been on a partial government shutdown for more than 10 days now. By most accounts, some 800,000 federal employees are affected, either working without pay or placed on furlough, a temporary leave. This shutdown is a result of a political deadlock… Read More

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Edwin Santiago, Executive Director of the Stratbase ADR Institute The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) lists eight major characteristics of good governance — participatory, consensus-oriented, accountable, transparent, responsive, effective and efficient, equitable and inclusive, and follows the rule of law. Of these, accountability and transparency are arguably the… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute The economic momentum has slowed down in the third quarter of 2018. But the economic managers are hopeful that the resilience of the Philippine economy in 2018 will likely continue over the medium term. As a result of the underperformance of the agriculture and unprecedented increase in inflation,… Read More

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Dr. Renato Cruz de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program, Stratbase ADR Institute During his six-year term, Philippine President Benigno Aquino III pursued a balancing or a challenging policy on China’s expansive maritime claim in the South China Sea. He countered China by shifting the Armed Forces of… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute Given the political and economic challenges that the Philippine economy faces, compounded by external strains and territorial problems, how can the Duterte administration forge ahead in its third year in office and lead the country to a more fruitful era? Positioning is the order of the day.… Read More

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The last year has been a challenging one for Duterte’s economic managers, who had to grapple with slower economic expansion, higher-than-expected inflation, weaker exports, and declining competitiveness, just to name a few. For the first time in eight years, lawmakers have also failed to pass the succeeding year’s budget on time, which will affect the… Read More

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Dr. Renato Cruz de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program, Stratbase ADR Institute On May 16, 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Philippines’ first National Security Strategy (NSS) since the country became an independent republic in 1946. The NSS is an upshot of the Duterte administration’s 2017-2022 National… Read More

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