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

Vanessa Pepino, Environment Fellow of the Stratbase ADR Institute Globally recognized, the Philippines is one of the most mineral-rich countries, with an estimated $840 billion worth of untapped mineral wealth. But unknown to most, it is subject to doubled excise taxes when the Tax Reform for Inclusion and Acceleration (TRAIN) Law took effect. Along with… Read More

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Amb. Albert del Rosario Former Secretary of Foreign Affairs Chairman of the Stratbase ADR Institute   Excellency, In recalling our bilateral meeting years ago in Beijing, please allow me to extend to you our warm welcome to the Philippines. Your visit underscores the future of the relationship between the Philippines and China. Our peoples have… Read More

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Dindo Manhit, President of the Stratbase ADR Institute Two weeks ahead of the 33rd ASEAN summit, the Chinese Ministry spokesperson Lu Kang confirmed that China has begun operating a maritime observation center, a meteorological observatory and a national environmental and air quality monitoring stations on its artificial islands in the Spratly islands. While Malacañang refused to… Read More

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Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program of the Stratbase ADR Institute After more than two years of waiting, Chinese President Xi Jinping will be visiting the Philippines in November. President Rodrigo Duterte invited him to the Philippines when they first met in Beijing in October… Read More

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Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program of the Stratbase ADR Institute In August 2018, President Duterte conveyed to his countrymen that he expected China would be fair on the South China Sea dispute and that they should accept Beijing as a good neighbor. He told… Read More

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Claudette Guevara, Deputy Executive Director for Programs of Stratbase ADR Institute and Secretary-General of Democracy Watch Philippines We have a deeply rooted, overwhelming governance problem. What surveys show as the citizen’s waxing and waning support for the national leadership has a continuously dark undertone — the people have a generalized distrust of government. This is… Read More

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China’s South China Sea End Game: Implications and Next Steps by United States Navy Capt. (Ret.) Carl O. Schuster China’s ongoing actions in the South China Sea belie its promises of the last five years.  Its Foreign Ministry announced in 2013 that its suppression of non-Chinese fishermen was to protect the region’s sensitive marine environment. Since then, it… Read More

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Dr. Patrick M. Cronin, Senior Director, and Kristine Lee, Research Associate, with the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) in Washington, D.C. In the Philippines, nearly a year after President Trump first sketched his Free and Open Indo-Pacific policy at the 2017 APEC CEO Summit, uncertainty about how the… Read More

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We are pleased to share with you our Occasional Paper for October, written by our president, Dindo Manhit, entitled “The Politics of Institutional Reforms: Promoting Economic and Electoral Democracy.” Reforming institutions is a colossal task. The history of institutions in different societal settings is admittedly challenging and at the least entails a larger political will… Read More

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