Maritime Development and Security

The maritime and archipelagic configuration of the Philippines presents both opportunities and challenges for the Filipino people. On the upside are the potential treasure trove of marine economic resources, a strategic location as a crossroads between Southeast and Northeast Asia and between the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, and the absence of land border issues and boundary conflicts that afflict many of our neighboring states.

The downside includes geographic isolation, security vulnerabilities arising from long coastlines, and frequent natural disasters impeding the nation’s growth and development. This multidisciplinary program explores how the Philippines can enhance the advantages and minimize threats and risks arising from its maritime environment, looking toward both the internal and external dimensions.

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Chronalysis: A quarterly round-up of regional issues and events that impact Philippine development and security