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

Prof. Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute The global pandemic has exposed the vulnerabilities of social, political, and economic institutions to the point that there is no other way but to evolve routine and traditional practice. During the time of COVID-19, our nation’s weaknesses were exposed, from our healthcare shortcomings, missing policy contingencies, the fragility… Read More

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Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Program Convenor, Stratbase ADR Institute In late 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte declared his goal to chart an independent foreign policy for the Philippines. He showed his hostility to the country’s long and only treaty ally, the United States, branding it as a colonial and imperial power that has failed… Read More

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The recent deal between the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Dito Telecommunity, a China-backed telco provider, has become a cause of concern due to the risk of Chinese intrusion in the country’s cyberspace. Although downplayed by the Philippine government, several security experts have warned the current administration about the possible implications of these… Read More

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Prof. Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute China’s emergence as a political and economic power has come with growing ambitions, including the attempt to position itself as a global leader and shape the international order. However, its rise is far from “peaceful,” with its questionable economic initiatives and aggression in the West Philippine Sea. Given… Read More

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The emergence of China and its increasing role in the region have prompted a blend of anticipation and unease among Southeast Asian countries. Although the region has benefitted from China’s economic growth, its militarization of the South China Sea and its expansive economic agenda under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), among others, have raised… Read More

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Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Program Convenor, Stratbase ADR Institute Prior to the global outbreak of COVID-19, US-China relations had been in a state of dramatic change. At the onset of his term, President Donald Trump had described China and Russia as “rival powers” — that seek to challenge American influence, values, and wealth.… Read More

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It is with pleasure that we share with you free access to Stratbase ADR Institute’s Special Study entitled, “The Challenge of Managing 21st Century Pandemics amidst the U.S.-China Strategic Competition,” written by Dr. Renato de Castro, Trustee and Convenor of our National Security and East Asian Affairs Program. The paper argues that the current pandemic… Read More

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Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute The COVID-19 pandemic has had devastating effects on the economy. A recent Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showed that unemployment reached a record-high of 45.5% in July of this year. The SWS also found that 2 in 5 Filipinos believe that the country’s economy will only become… Read More

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Prof. Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute Just recently, Transparency International Philippines (TI), one of the leading civil society actors advocating good governance and accountability, celebrated 25 years of anticorruption work in the Philippines. Together with the Stratbase ADR Institute, a virtual town hall discussion was held to highlight the emerging pandemic of corruption and… Read More

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