What are the exigent challenges, opportunities, and ways forward for Philippine-Australian relations amid great power geopolitical competition in the Asia-Pacific? Both countries are allies of the U.S. and thus part of the latter’s “hub and spokes” system, and they face similar security challenges.

Manila-based think-tank Asia- Pacific Pathways to Progress. (APPFI) and the Brisbane-based Griffith Asia Institute (GAI) jointly organized this year’s Philippines-Australia Dialogue on July 18-19. Held with the support of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines, the theme of the dialogue was “Connecting the Spokes”.

Last July 22, Dr. Jae Hyon Lee, Research Fellow and Director of Center for ASEAN and Oceania Studies at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies, spoke at a joint public forum on The Significance of South Korea’s New Southern Policy (NSP) for the Philippines and ASEAN held in Quezon City.

Pathways President and CEO Prof. Aileen Baviera, Ph.D. was among the two guest speakers in the 2nd Prof. Benito Lim Memorial Lecture Series held last July 13, 2019 at the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center in Intramuros, Manila. The event was organized by the Philippine Association of Chinese Studies (PACS), Filipino-Chinese Friendship Association Inc. and Kaisa Para Sa Kanluran Inc.

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Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress participated in the 33rd Asia Pacific Roundtable (APR) organized by the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ISIS) Malaysia and the regional think tank network ASEAN-Institutes for Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN-ISIS). The roundtable was held in Kuala Lumpur, from 24 – 26 June 2019. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Prime Minister of Malaysia, delivered the Keynote Address discussing Malaysia’s development, ASEAN’s role in the region, the state of the Asia-Pacific, and challenges and trajectory of current global affairs.