Publications

29 Jul 2021

Working Together To Secure Our Seas: A Primer on Philippine Maritime Zones

"Do we need “fences” around the Philippine archipelago? Is this the right way forward
as what Robert Frost, in his 1914 poem Mending Wall, suggested by sharing a relevant
message for our time that: “Good fences make good neighbors”?" opens Atty. Asuque.

ARS will be officially releasing a full report and a copy of the text, post-webinar. Copies will be available once the webinar is concluded.

Working Together To Secure Our Seas: A Primer on Philippine Maritime Zones

30 Jun 2021

Karagatan Observer: June 2021

June has seen a continuation of both positive and negative trends. In a month that celebrates the 123rd anniversary of Philippine independence, commemorates the 46th diplomatic anniversary with China, and mourns the death of former President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III, Filipinos continued to debate how the country should best defend and assert its sovereignty.

Karagatan Observer: June 2021

31 May 2021

Karagatan Observer: May 2021

In this issue, after months of China's unilateral escalation of tension, China continues to see the Indo-Pacific region turn against it. In the spotlight, China’s actions in the region prove that its actions and intentions are nowhere benign.

Karagatan Observer: May 2021

30 Apr 2021

Karagatan Observer: April 2021

Continuing its incursion in Philippines territory, China once again proclaimed its ownership over the West Philippine Sea. China’s foreign ministry spokesperson said that the Philippines should stop “complicating the situation” and urged respect for China’s sovereignty. However, various sectors of the Philippines responded to China's intrusions.

Karagatan Observer: April 2021

31 Mar 2021

Karagatan Observer: March 2021

China's actions in the region have only escalated. The escalation continues since the adoption of its new Coast Guard Law earlier this year. This time around, however, is different. The international community hasn't been silent on the issue.

Karagatan Observer: March 2021

28 Feb 2021

Karagatan Observer: February 2021

For this month's Karagatan Observer, the Philippines finds itself in need of reconciling the paradox between China's vaccine diplomacy and the advent of its new Coast Guard Law. The new law risks emboldening the Chinese coast guard to protect its interests in the region. Philippine officials react to this new development.

Karagatan Observer: February 2021

31 Jan 2021

Karagatan Observer: January 2021

COVID-19 continues to be a grave concern. The Philippines turned to China for relief with over 25 million vaccines to be supplied. The first batch of 50,000 vaccine doses is set to be delivered in February.

Karagatan Observer: January 2021

1 Jan 2021

ARS, UP IMLOS drafts monograph on Mutual Defense Treaty

ARS members Julio Amador, Emmanuel Bautista, and Dr. Charmaine Willoughby, and UP IMLOS' Atty. Pia Benosa writes a monograph on the US-PH Mutual Defense Treaty.

ARS, UP IMLOS drafts monograph on Mutual Defense Treaty

21 Dec 2020

National Security Priorities and Agenda in the Philippines

In partnership with the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung-Philippines,​ ARS Senior Advisors Dr. Charmaine Willoughby and Dr. Aries Arugay, ARS CEO Julio Amador, and Justin Keith Baquisal explores the nuances surrounding the national security priorities of the Philippine strategic community. This report is a partnership endeavor between the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Amador Research Services.

National Security Priorities and Agenda in the Philippines

15 Dec 2020

The New Normal of President Duterte's Foreign Policy

In this issue of the Asia Pacific Bulletin of East-West Center, ARS CEO Julio Amador and Senior Associate Deryk Baladjay explain that: “The Filipino public is not supportive of the Duterte administration’s approach toward China.”

The short essay featured the present arguments surrounding China's continued unpopularity among Filipinos and how this domestic undertone impacts and reflects the Philippine government's relatively favorable ties with China.

The New Normal of President Duterte's Foreign Policy

30 Nov 2020

Closer look: Philippine defense budget and AFP modernization

In their capacities as members of the academe, Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) Senior Research Fellow and ARS CEO Julio Amador and ASOG Research Assistant Deryk Baladjay underwrites an assessment of the Philippines' defense budget from 2010 to 2020 and its underlying dynamics with the AFP modernization.

Closer look: Philippine defense budget and AFP modernization

30 Nov 2020

Karagatan Observer: November 2020

As the year approaches its end, the Philippines has been seen to be more active in protecting it maritime interests. The Department of National Defense has been hard at work to secure the country’s territorial integrity.

Karagatan Observer: November 2020

31 Dec 2019

The Philippines and the US: Change with continuity?

ARS CEO Julio Amador and Senior Associate Deryk Baladjay explore the rich history of the Philippines and the US and how events of the past continue to ripple into present bilateral relations.

The Philippines and the US: Change with continuity?