E-governance readiness is critical for COVID-19 response

Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute It was recently announced that some local government units (LGUs) have begun to partner with telecommunications companies to improve COVID-19 response capacities. These are welcome developments indeed, given the critical role of technology and e-governance in efficiently and effectively responding to citizens’ evolving needs during this health… Read More

Urgent priorities for Duterte’s final year

Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute Borne by pandemic circumstances, the Duterte administration has become even more embattled as it struggles to mitigate the contingent and enduring consequences of the health crisis. The mounting sociopolitical and economic demands from the various sectors of society emanate from the need to revive a devastated economy, shore up… Read More

The arbitral ruling five years later

Paco A. Pangalangan, Executive Director, Stratbase ADR Institute New satellite images show that swarms of Chinese ships have been dumping sewage and waste in the West Philippine Sea, damaging coral reefs and threatening the food supply of millions in the region. During a recent international conference organized by Stratbase ADR Institute (ADRi), a US-based geospatial… Read More

Filipino leaders must stand firm on the 2016 Arbitral Victory

Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute The complexity of the Indo-Pacific region has grown beyond the strategic competition between China and the United States. As China continues to disrupt the current regional security architecture, states have become increasingly aware of its potential impact on peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. China’s aggressive posturing has also… Read More

ADRi vTHD: “Reinforcing the 2016 Arbitral Victory: The West Philippine Sea in the Convergence of Strategies”

The Indo-Pacific region and its strategic geographical position have proven that “cohesion in diversity” is possible. States including middle powers such as Japan, Australia, and India have demonstrated their ability to function within a broader, global system despite differences in politics, culture, and development levels. With the higher concentration of economic growth opportunities, the Indo-Pacific… Read More

How did President Aquino stand up against China?

Dr. Renato De Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program, Stratbase ADR Institute Filipinos remember the late President Benigno Simeon Aquino III as an honest, decent, private, and one of the most hardworking and effective Philippine presidents.  His leadership style was characterized by subtlety, humility, credibility, and most importantly,… Read More