ADRi Business vRTD: “The Private Sector as the Reliable Partner for Economic Recovery”

The COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 brought the Philippines into an economic turmoil as it entered a recession, contracting by a record-low of 9.5% for the full-year. Prolonged and restrictive lockdowns imposed to counter the spread of the virus forced thousands of businesses to either temporarily or permanently shut down. By the fourth quarter, the unemployment… Read More

Running in circles? A commentary on Duterte’s stance on VFA

Dr. Renato De Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program, Stratbase ADR Institute On March 5, 2021, Philippine envoy to Washington, D.C. Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez announced, in a virtual interview, that the United States Department of Defense has forwarded to him a list of military hardware that the… Read More

Crisis-proofing and good governance

Dindo Manhit, President, Stratbase ADR Institute One year after the lockdown, the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted every fabric of our society, with the adverse consequences of the crisis invariably recasting the economic, social, and political dynamics in the country. Aside from the weaknesses exposed in our health care and social protection systems,… Read More

Stratbase ADR Institute’s First Quarter 2021 SPARK: “China’s Coast Guard Law: A Time Bomb Ready to Explode”

It is with pleasure that we share with you Stratbase ADR Institute’s SPARK for March 2021 entitled, “China’s Coast Guard Law: A ‘Time Bomb’ Ready to Explode”, written by Dr. Chester Cabalza, President and Founder of the International Development and Security Cooperation. This research discusses Asia’s regional security in the context of China’s new Coast… Read More

Biden administration prepares for calibrated competition with China in Southeast Asia

Dr. Renato De Castro, Trustee and Convenor of the National Security and East Asian Affairs Program, Stratbase ADR Institute Since 2011, Washington has been drawn to the South China Sea dispute although it is not a party to the overlapping territorial claims in the disputed waters. This is because the maritime row affects the conduct… Read More