APPFI President Aileen S.P. Baviera held a Public Lecture on  “Domestic Stakeholders in Philippine Maritime Disputes:  Impact and Influence on Foreign Policy” as a part of the UP President Edgardo J. Angara (PEJA) Lecture Series organized by UP Center for Integrative and Development Studies (UP CIDS) and UP Asian Center. The lecture was held last June 3, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon at the GT-Toyota Asian Center Auditorium. 

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Last May 6, Prof Baviera delivered a presentation at Yale University during a conference on the theme Conflict in the South China Sea. The conference was organized by the Council on Southeast Asian Studies, Yale University in partnership with the Council on East Asian Studies, The Macmillan Center, Yale University; and the Institute for Vietnamese Culture and Education (IVCE), New York. Prof Baviera’s presentation was titled “Geopolitical Quandaries in the South China Sea: Implications for the Philippines, China and the US”. 

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A seminar on Southeast Asian Perspectives on U.S.-China Competition was held at the Grand Hyatt in Singapore, April 3-5, 2016. Organized by the Lowy Institute of Australia and the US Council for Foreign Relations, the meeting discussed the future of regional trade and investment architecture, regional maritime issues, transnational security issues, and the future of ASEAN, zeroing in on the cooperation-competition dynamic in US-China relations and how ASEAN and its member states were responding to this.

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Dr. Tina S. Clemente, Associate Professor at the UP Asian Center and coordinator of the U.P. Center for Integrative and Development Studies' China/Strategic Studies program, was invited to participate in a conference on 21st Century Maritime Silk Road and Sino-Indonesian Strategic Cooperation, which was held on 25-26 April 2016 at the Yifu International Conference Center, Central China Normal University (CCNU) in Wuhan, China. The conference was co-sponsored by CCNU and the China Society for Southeast Asian Studies (CSSAS) and co-organized by the Institute of Political Science (IPC) and the Indonesian Studies Center (ISC), both units of CCNU.