Regional Integration and Connectivity

The Regional Integration and Connectivity Program (RICP) promotes a critical understanding of the political economy of regional development, and of economic trends and issues that affect Philippine national and regional interests. It seeks to generate insights and research that will enable the Philippines to strategically navigate through its international economic engagements, and interact beneficially with regional states and multilateral institutions. Major areas of concentration include ASEAN integration and connectivity, the foreign economic policies of major powers in the Asia-Pacific, and the strategic dimension of bilateral and multilateral economic interactions. The program intends to generate both practical and strategic output (through research, publications, roundtable discussions, lectures, and forums) from subject matter experts, scholars, and practitioners based on issues that advance or put at risk Philippine economic interests. It shall provide strategic analyses, risk assessments, and policy alternatives to thegovernment, private sector and other relevant stakeholders.

Recent Commentaries

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

Program Convener: Aaron Jed Rabena, PhD is Program Convenor and Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress. He is also a former Senior Lecturer at the Asian Center in the University of the Philippines (UP), was a Visiting Fellow at the China Institute of International Studies (CIIS) in Beijing, and is an alumnus of the East-West Center (EWC) in the United States. Aaron obtained his PhD in International Relations from Shandong University in the People’s Republic of China. His areas of interest include Strategic Studies, Geopolitics, East Asian International Relations, Political Risk, and Chinese Politics and Foreign Policy.