As a component of the 2015 program, Dr. Tina S. Clemente conducted research on the Changing Economic Strategy of China and Implications for Chinese Foreign Relations. It not only involved engaging the literature but also conducting numerous consultations with key informants in various stakeholding sectors. Dr. Clemente was able to present preliminary findings in the 1st Katipunan Conference entitled, “Philippine Strategic Environment: Scanning Our Horizons,” held at the UP IMLOS on 12-13 November 2015.
Dr. Clemente also shared the paper in the “2016 UP CIDS Research Colloquium,” held at the UP Asian Center on 29 April 2016. See related post here.
In 2016, Dr. Aileen S.P. Baviera conducting an initiative that sought to map experts whose work contributes and can contribute to strategic economic and political-security studies. The rationale of this component is to deepen the bench by casting a wider search for experts in the country. The mapping involved individual consultations, leading to a documentation of experts from the academe, non-government organizations and the public as well as private sector. The mapping initiative shall also document the related ongoing and completed activities of these experts that are in line with the China/Strategic Studies Program.
In addition, utilizing the insights drawn from the conferences in 2015 and 2016, Dr. Jay Batongbacal produced analysis on the Philippines’ key issues and challenges in its strategic environment. This initiative was intended to promote long-term visioning and strategic thinking among academics, decision-makers, and the interested public.