1 Dec 2021
Beyond Maritime Security: Executive Report
"Beyond territorial discrepancies and national security interests, questions arise about rights and obligations of states in relation to environmental protection, fisheries and food security, protection of indigenous peoples, climate change, disaster relief and biodiversity which altogether has economic and sustainable development impacts to states concerned."
31 Oct 2021
Karagatan Observer: October 2021
In the month of October, we witnessed several escalations in the Indo-Pacific. This month also marks the beginning of the Philippines’ 2022 Election (unofficial) campaign period, as the aspirants file their Certificates of Candidacy to the Commission on Elections (COMELEC).
30 Sep 2021
Karagatan Observer: September 2021
The month of September saw the birth of an enhanced trilateral security partnership between Australia, the United Kingdom (UK), and the United States (US) – called “AUKUS”. The announcement sent shockwaves around the world and around the Indo-Pacific region, eliciting positive and negative reactions. Simultaneously, the Philippines celebrated Maritime and Archipelagic Nation Awareness Month (MANAMO) and continued the trend of fortifying its maritime sovereignty.
31 Aug 2021
Karagatan Observer: August 2021
August bore witness to the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, rippling throughout the Indo-Pacific and the Philippines. The event risks eroding confidence in the US in other parts of the world and has stoked concerns of emboldening its enemies around the world. In the same month, the Philippines and the United States also celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Mutual Defense Treaty, a bedrock of national and regional security.
5 Aug 2021
Securitizing COVID-19: The Philippine Experience and Opportunities for Cooperation with East Asian Countries
This report looks at the Philippine experience of securitizing the COVID-19 pandemic which led to policies and problems that undermine human security. To show contrast, this report will also look at the three East Asian countries that have fared relatively well in dealing with the health crisis and examine the ways these
countries responded through institutions and policies centered on welfare. The paper extrapolates lessons from East Asian countries that allow for cooperation within the Philippines and ASEAN.
31 Jul 2021
Karagatan Observer: July 2021
July has been filled with big events affecting Philippine defense, security, and foreign policy such as the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party, the 75th anniversary of ties between the Philippines and the United States (U.S.)., the 5th anniversary of the 2016 Arbitration Award, the last State of the Nation Address by President Duterte, and the restoration of the Visiting Forces Agreement.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.