For the second year in a row, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung co-organized with the Asian Institute of Management and the Foreign Service Institute a conference on “Maritime Challenges in the Asia Pacific: Moving Towards Political, Environmental, and Functional Cooperation.” This was held on 18 November 2016 in Makati City. DFA Assistant Secretary Hellen de la Vega delivered opening remarks on behalf of Secretary of Foreign Affairs Perfecto Yasay, Jr. who was out of the country. Presentors included experts from China, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines and Vietnam.

A regular media forum in “kapihan style”, Roundtable@Lido is hosted by veteran journalist Melo Acuna on Wednesdays at the Lido Cocina Tsina on Mindanao Avenue, Quezon City. Last November 9, APPFI President Aileen Baviera was among the guests invited to speak about the impact of Duterte's foreign visits & potential effects of either a Clinton or Trump presidency on the Philippines. The other guests included Mr Jose Custodio, Commodore Rex Robles, and former Ambassador jose Apolinario Lozada, Jr.

Professor Aileen Baviera of the UP Asian Center took part in a roundtable at the forum, “Guerre et Politique: Analysing War and the Rebuilding of Social Relationships,” which was held from 2 to 5 November in Paris, France.

In the roundtable, “Guerre et Politique: Cross-Perspectives in Various Regions of the World,” Professor Baviera argued that “geopolitical competition among the major powers leads to greater complexity in the search for solutions to East Asia’s maritime territorial and jurisdiction disputes. In the South China Sea, littoral states of Southeast Asia have to employ several different approaches in the face of an assertive China.”

In light of recent changes in Philippines-China relations brought about by the election of President Rodrigo Duterte, his visit to China and the conclusion of the arbitration case in the South China Sea, Rappler editor-at-large Marites Vitug interviewed APPFI President Aileen SP. Baviera. The interview focused on management of the relations between Manila and Beijing, the influence of the US alliance on their ties, possible impact of the arbitration case and Duterte’s moves toward an independent Philippine Foreign Policy.