National Security Agenda of the Philippines:

Perceptions from the Filipino Strategic Community

Julio S. Amador III

Aries A. Arugay

Charmaine Misalucha-Willougby

Justin Keith Baquisal

Recommended citations:

APA: Amador, J. S. III et al. (2020). "National Security Agenda of the Philippines: Perceptions from the Filipino Strategic Community." Amador Research Services

CMOS: Amador, Julio S. III, Aries A. Arugay, Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby, and Justin Keith Baquisal. "National Security Agenda of the Philippines: Perceptions from the Filipino Strategic Community." Amador Research Services (2020).

Research Questions

  • What are the national security priorities as envisioned by members of the Philippine strategic community?

  • What are the factors behind the variation of the identified national security priorities of national security issues by members of the Philippine strategic community?

  • What are recommendations of the Philippine strategic community for a future national security agenda for the the country?

Key Findings

  1. The Philippine strategic community is cognizant of the Philippine government's national security strategies and policies

  2. The Philippine strategic community values internal security threats with high degree

  3. The Philippine strategic community are not fully convinced that the national government has made strides in addressing national security issues

  4. The Philippine strategic community continues to place significant valuation in the country's traditional allies for security partnerships

  5. The Philippine strategic community remains convinced of the reformist stance of the Armed Forces of the Philippines but prefers for the armed forces to fully commit to an externally-oriented defense management

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Document Details

Copyright: Amador Research Services & Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Philippines

Availability: By request only

Document Number: ARS-KAS-01

Pages: 33

Date of Publication: December 22, 2020

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About the Authors

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Julio S. Amador III

Julio S. Amador III is CEO and Founder of the Amador Research Services. He was a former government official specializing in foreign policy and national security. He lectures in different professional schools and serves as resource person on international issues. He was a Fulbright scholar at Syracuse University where he earned his master’s degree in International Relations and a certificate in security studies. He was also a member of the inaugural cohort of the KAS Network of Young Asian Security Experts. 

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Dr. Aries A. Arugay

Dr. Aries A. Arugay is Senior Advisor of the Amador Research Services. He is Professor of Political Science and Associate Dean for Research, Extension, & Publications, College of Social Sciences and Philosophy, University of the Philippines-Diliman. Dr. Arugay is also Editor-in-Chief of Asian Politics & Policy, a journal published by Wiley on behalf of the Policy Studies Organization. 

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Dr. Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby

Dr. Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby is Senior Advisor of the Amador Research Services. She is Assistant Professor in the International Studies Department of De La Salle university in Manila, Philippines. Dr. Misalucha-Willoughby was a Visiting Research Fellow under a Japan Foundation grant in the Osaka School of International Public Policy at Osaka University in Japan, as well as a recipient of the inaugural US-ASEAN Fulbright Program. 

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Justin Keith Baquisal

Justin Keith A. Baquisal is a former research associate for regional security at the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation. He is currently taking his master's degree in political science at the University of the Philippines Diliman, where he also obtained his bachelor's degree (magna cum laude).