Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress met with a visiting delegation from the Washington, D.C.-based think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) for an exchange of views on U.S.’ Indo-Pacific strategy. CSIS was represented by China/Southeast Asia experts Bonnie Glaser, Derek Mitchell, and Scott Kennedy. The participants explored topics such as different interpretations of “Indo-Pacific”, US commitment to the region, and possible impact on the Philippines and the neighborhood.

Early in July, a delegation of Chinese scholars visited Manila as part of a Belt and Road public diplomacy series in Southeast Asian countries. A roundtable discussion with Philippine scholars was convened to provide an opportunity to learn from each other’s perspectives.

Participants during the first day of the second Philippine-Australia Dialogue: Security Dimensions of Comprehensive Partnership. (Photo Courtesy of Astoria Plaza)

PASIG CITY - Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc. and Griffith Asia Institute (GAI), with the support of the Australian Embassy in Manila and the Office of the Cabinet Secretary conducted the second Philippine-Australia Dialogue entitled, “Security Dimensions of Comprehensive Partnership”. The discussion convened academics and experts from the Philippines and Australia to discuss regional security trends, maritime security and cooperation, counterterrorism, cybersecurity challenges and implications of Australia’s foreign policy white paper. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana delivered the keynote address.

The foreign policy think tank Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation reached a major milestione last May when it organized its first official delegation to China. The group was headed by chairman of the board, former Secretary Raphael Lotilla. Other members included president Prof Aileen Baviera, fellows Dr. Jed Rabena, Dr. Gilbert Llanto, Dr. Jay Batongbacal, and research associates Florence Principe Gamboa and Grace Guiang.