Asian Politics & Policy
© Policy Studies Organization
Edited By: Aileen S.P. Baviera, University of the Philippines, Philippines
Online ISSN: 1943-0787
1st Annual APP Conference
Asian Politics & Policy holds its first academic conference
Asian Politics & Policy conducted its first conference last July 24-25 at the GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center, University of the Philippines Diliman. Having the theme “Is the Philippines ready for a post-American world,” the twenty papers presented were organized into the following five panels: 1) The Global Filipino: Human Capital, Migration and the State; 2) ASEAN Regionalism: Its Promises and its Discontents; 3) The Future of the Philippines-US Alliance; 4) Philippines-China Relations and the South China Sea Disputes; 5) Challenges to Peace and Security: Approaches and Responses.
Presenters included academics from the University of the Philippines; Ateneo De Manila University; De La Salle University; and the University of Asia and the Pacific. Two researchers from Singapore’s National Institute of Education and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, as well as one from the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, also participated. Aside from academics, five of the presenters were analysts from government including the Department of Science and Technology, the Foreign Service Institute and the Philippine Navy.
Interesting papers include, among others, Elaine Tolentino and Myungsik Ham’s Balance of Asymmetry: Philippines’ Constraint and Enmeshment Strategies toward the U.S. Post-Cold War which examines the behavior of a small state such as the Philippines vis-à-vis its ally, the US, in the context of China’s muscle flexing in the South China Sea. Another highlight of the conference was Li Kaisheng’s paper focusing on China-Philippines’ disputes where he contends that mutual misconceptions exist between the two and recommends that both pursue rational and long term policies instead of short term and emotional ones.
The conference was attended by 68 participants on the first day, and 97 on the second day, mostly academics, government analysts as well as former government officials...