The COVID-19 pandemic and the US-China strategic confrontation

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

Stratbase ADR Institute’s Special Study: “The Challenge of Managing 21st Century Pandemics amidst the U.S.-China Strategic Competition”

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

Towards sustainable mining and economic recovery

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

The anti-corruption challenge in the national budget

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

Addressing corruption vulnerabilities in COVID-19 pandemic

Dr. Francisco Magno, Trustee and Program Convenor, Stratbase ADR Institute The eruption of the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the fore the severe corruption vulnerabilities in the health sector. Globally, over US$ 7.5 trillion are allocated annually for public health. However, even before the pandemic, it is estimated that the leakage from corruption amounted to 10-25%… Read More

Civil society as a co-producer in fighting corruption

Dr. Francisco A. Magno, Trustee and Program Convenor, Stratbase ADR Institute Allegations of widespread misuse of public funds by the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) represent the continuing problem of corruption in the country. All over the world, it has been shown that the battle against corruption is waged not by government accountability agencies alone.… Read More