The Stratbase-Albert Del Rosario Institute for Strategic and International Studies (ADRi) traces its roots to the Stratbase Research Institute (SRI) established in 2004. SRI had originally focused on providing strategic solutions on governance, socio-economic, and various policy issues and concerns at the domestic level. Its primary objective was to contribute to Philippine development through research and responsive policy alternatives.

Over the course of SRI’s search for solutions, East Asia’s affairs more 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.

ADRi believes that national and regional development and security can be achieved through the collaboration between the public and private sectors.


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ADRi has four programs: Trade, Investment and the Global Economy; Energy and the Environment; Right Governance and Open Governments; and Security and East Asian Regional Affairs. Each program is convened by a Filipino academic well-respected in their respective program’s specialty. Each program’s output includes papers, commentary articles, and events, which have been convened on topics as diverse as Philippine foreign policy, infrastructure development, public-private partnerships, Philippine manufacturing, climate change and disaster risk reduction, economic integration with ASEAN and the country’s prospects for joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Trade, Investment and the Global Economy

trade spThe Trade, Investment and the Global Economy program is convened by Dr. Epictetus Patalinghug. Among the fields that it explores are the effects of the imminent ASEAN integration to the member countries and its relations to the United States, the European Union, China and the global market; the continuous expansion and deepening of intra trade and investment relations; and impact of trade and investment flows in the region. These require a closer look if we are to maximize the benefits of interacting with East Asia’s flourishing economy. Shared economic development fosters stability and is a means to further establish cooperation in the region.

Global Energy and the Environment

energy spThe Global Energy and the Environment program is convened by Dr. Carlos P. David. As the world faces increasing impact from climate change, countries have become more conscious about how the drive towards development and efforts to sustain growth affect the environment. The United Nations has initiated programs that promote responsible stewardship of the environment. Today, it is clear that the disturbance to ecosystems in one part of the planet affects those in other parts.  As the international community shifts its environmental consciousness, action from nations will significantly be defined by sustainable energy concerns, as the main driver for national development.

In the Philippines, as well as the other Southeast Asian countries, vulnerability to extreme weather is an inevitable concern due to the region’s location and poor infrastructure. Although industrialization is pushing us to this “new normal”, meeting energy requirements for these countries is of great importance in order for them to achieve the status of a developed economy. Thus, the challenge for our country, and its Asian neighbors, is to place energy use as an engine for growth within the context of sustainable development, that is, growth of supply of energy, and conservation, without polluting the environment.

Right Governance and Open Governments

right governance sp copyThe Governance program is convened by Dr. Francisco Magno. The growth of East Asian economies has fostered global growth in the past decade. Simultaneously, democracy in the region has also progressed. It was during this period that a regional push toward democracy was seen. In the 1990s, new democracies emerged and, likewise, the Asian economic crisis in the late 1990’s seemingly discredited the totalitarian or authoritarian model of prosperity.

ADRi advocates the institutionalization of openness and transparency across the Region and argues that such norms are vital to national development, sustained regional prosperity and a working democracy.

Security and East Asian Affairs

patrouille-60776_1280 copyThe Security and East Asian Affairs program is convened by Dr. Renato De Castro. Security remains to be a major issue in East Asia. Unresolved territorial disputes in the South China Sea and East Asia Sea; the United States – China (G2) issues; nontraditional threats such as terrorism; piracy; and nuclear development among others, all require regional collaboration and cooperation. Existing regional mechanisms and multilateral institutions in the region have not proven their strength, thus necessitating a continuous search for venues and means to find effective and lasting solutions to the security concerns in the area.

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