For the first three years since it was established in 2014, Pathways had developed its program around the study of China and Philippines-China relations. Last year, we transitioned to a broader agenda by venturing into some ASEAN activities, as the Philippines became chair of the regional organization during its significant 50th anniversary year. In 2018, Pathways continues its growth by introducing three new programs. The Regional Security Architecture Program seeks to develop a better understanding of the evolving security environment, the role of multilateral and other forms of security associations, and institutional developments affecting Philippine and regional security. The Regional Integration and Connectivity Program hopes to help enable the Philippines to strategically navigate through its international economic engagements, and interact beneficially with regional states and multilateral institutions. On the other hand, the Maritime Development and Security 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. Its concerns include issues relating to the Blue Economy, archipelagic development as well as maritime and territorial challenges that the country and the Southeast Asian region continue to face.

In connection with the new programs, Pathways’ roster of experts grew since the beginning of the year. Julio Amador III, and Aaron Jed Rabena, PhD (both specialists on international relations) joined us as conveners of the Regional Security Architecture program and the Regional Integration and Connectivity program, respectively. Research fellows who recently joined us were Dr Aries Arugay (comparative politics), Dr Charmaine Misalucha (international relations), and Lt. Diane Despi (defense and security). Another new research affiliate is Mark Bryan Manantan, who recently completed his MA in Strategic Studies from the Australian National University. Lucio Pitlo, currently based in Washington DC for graduate studies at American University, continues to write for us.

Information about the new programs and research fellows may be viewed at the Programs page and About Us page of the website.