The Director-General

HONORABLE CLARO S. CRISTOBAL
Director-General
Foreign Service Institute
Department of Foreign Affairs

CSC 2015

Ambassador Claro Suarez Cristobal is a career diplomat with the rank of Chief of Mission I. He was designated Director-General of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) by President Benigno S. Aquino III on 2 July 2015.

Before serving as the Head of the Institute, he was the Philippine Ambassador to the Arab Republic of Egypt from December 2011 to June 2015. He was also Consul General of the Philippines in Hong Kong from April 2009 to December 2011. He also served as Minister and Consul General at the Philippine Embassy in Tokyo from September 2002 to January 2007. His other foreign assignments include the following: Minister, Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York from 2000 to 2002; Consul, Philippine Consulate General in New York from 1993 to 1997; and Third Secretary then Second Secretary, Philippine Mission to the United Nations in New York from 1990 to 1993.

In the Home Office, Ambassador Cristobal served as the Spokesperson of the Department of Foreign Affairs from February 2007 to April 2009, Special Assistant at the Office of the Secretary from 1998 to 2000, Special Assistant at the Office of the Undersecretary for Policy in the latter half of 1997, and Assistant Director at the Office of Asia and Pacific Affairs from 1988 to 1990.

Before joining the Philippine foreign service, Ambassador Cristobal was Professorial Lecturer in Economics at the De la Salle University Manila, Finance Manager at Cocomark, and Instructor in Social Sciences at the University of the Philippines.

Ambassador Cristobal was a Presidential Citation Awardee in 2009 and 2010 and a Gawad Mabini Awardee in 2007 and 2012.

He graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (cum laude) in 1974 and a Master of Arts in Economics in 1979.

Ambassador Cristobal is married and has three sons.

 

 

 

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Vol. IV, No. 1, January 2017 Japan in 2016: Shifts in Domestic Politics amid Shifts in Regional Landscape  by Valerie Anne Jill I. Valero

Vol. III, No. 16, December 2016  In Retrospect: Assessing Obama’s Asia Rebalancing Strategy  by Uriel N. Galace

Vol. III, No. 15, December 2016   Distracted ASEAN? Where To For ASEAN Centrality?  by Joycee A. Teodoro

Vol. III, No. 14, November 2016 From Managing Disasters to Managing Risks: Key Efforts in the Philippines  by RJ Marco Lorenzo C. Parcon

Vol. III, No. 13, October 2016 A Decade of North Korea's Nuclear Tests and the Failure of Sanctions Regime  by Louie Dane Merced

Vol. III, No. 12, September 2016 Public Diplomacy and Nation Branding: Is There  A Need To Establish A Philippine National Branding Council?  by Maria Anna Rowena Luz G. Layador and Darlene V. Estrada

Vol. III, No. 11, August 2016. Globalizing MSMEs via B2B E-Commerce: Considerations for the Philippines  by Jovito Jose P. Katigbak

Vol. III, No. 10, July 2016. Financing the Sustainable Development Goals through Private  Sector Partnership  by Virgemarie A. Salazar and Jovito Jose P. Katigbak

Vol. III, No. 9, July 2016. Deliberate, Not Desperate: The Philippines' National Security Strategy on the West Philippine Sea by Julio S. Amador III and Edcel John A. Ibarra

Vol. III, No. 8, June 2016. Implications of the Philippines-Australia Comprehensive Partnership by Julio S. Amador III

Vol. III, No. 7, May 2016. The Contest for International Support on the South China Sea Disputes by Louie Dane C. Merced

Vol. III, No. 6, May 2016. An Inclusive Growth Agenda for the Philippines by Jovito Jose P. Katigbak

Vol. III, No. 5, May 2016. The Concept of Self-Defense in International Law and the South China Sea by Mary Fides A. Quintos

Vol III, No. 4, April 2016. Domestic Reforms and Philippine Economic Diplomacy in 2016 by Laura Q. Del Rosario and Julio S. Amador III

Vol. III, No. 3, March 2016.Prioritizing The Protection Of Civilians In The Middle East by Rj Marco Lorenzo C. Parcon

Vol. III, No. 2, February 2016. Transnational Radicalism A Global ISIS? by Maria Anna Rowena Luz G. Layador and Andrea Kristine G. Molina

Vol. III, No. 1, January 2016. Beyond Security: The Philippines-Vietnam Strategic Partnership  by Julio S. Amador III and Jeremie P. Credo

Vol. II, No. 25, October 2015. What is Keeping the Philippines from Joining the TPP? by Jovito Jose P. Katigbak

Vol. II, No. 24, October 2015. Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Centerpiece of US Rebalance Policy by Karla Mae G. Pabeliña

Vol. II, No. 23, September 2015. India-Bangladesh Delimitation of EEZ: Utilizing the UN Tribunal by Jemimah Joanne C. Villaruel

Vol. II, No. 22, August 2015. Why the Delay in the Free(r) Flow of Skilled Labor in ASEAN? by Jovito Jose P. Katigbak

Vol. II, No. 21, July 2015. Is It Over? Terrorism in East Africa? by Redmond Alejandro B. Lim

Vol. II, No. 20, July 2015. The Philippines and India: Strategic Partners? by Jemimah Joanne C. Villaruel

Vol. II, No. 19, July 2015. Looking Ahead: Myanmar's Strategic Value by Jeremie P. Credo

 Vol. II, No. 18, June 2015. UNCLOS Part XII and Protecting the Marine Environment in the South China Sea by Mary Fides A. Quintos

Vol. II, No. 17, June 2015. Maintaining ASEAN Centrality in Connectivity Through MPAC by Joycee A. Teodoro

Vol. II, No. 16, June 2015. Protecting the Stateless: Proposing an ASEAN Response to the Rohingya in Myanmar by Julio S. Amador III and Joycee A. Teodoro

Vol. II, No. 15, June 2015. Mi Figue, Mi Raisin: The Filipinos' Culture of Migration in the Age of Globalization by Edwin S. Estrada

Vol. II, No. 14, May 2015. Integrating a Gender Perspective in UN Peace Support Operations by RJ Marco Lorenzo C. Parcon

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Volume 3, No. 3 (October 2016). Toward A Disaster Resilient Region: Examining US-ASEAN Cooperation On Disaster Management Under the Obama Administration by Virgemarie A. Salazar

Volume 3, No. 2 (July 2016). Philippine Cultural Diplomacy: Unraveling its Full Potential by Andrea Chloe A. Wong

Volume 3, No. 1 (June 2016). China Could and Should Learn a Lesson or Two from Africa in the Area of Peaceful Dispute Settlement by Dr. Alfredo C. Robles, Jr.

Vol. II, Special Issue No. 2. Philippine Participation in UN Peace Operations by Raphael S.C. Hermoso and Louie A. Belleza

Vol. II, No. 3 (May 2015). Making Sense of the China Complex by Andrea Chloe A. Wong

Vol. II, No. 2, March 2015. Artificial Islands in the South China Sea and their Impact on Regional (In)security by Mary Fides A. Quintos

Vol. II, No. 1, February 2015. Implications of the Responsibility to Protect (RtoP) for the UN Charter by Dashell Yancha-Po

Vol. I, No. 6, November 2014. The Caliphate in the Era of Nation-States by Virgemarie A. Salazar

Vol. I, No. 5, October 2014. The Rise of Strategic Partnerships in East Asia by Julio S. Amador III

Vol. I, No. 4, September 2014. The Potentials and Limits of Philippines - South Korea Maritime Cooperation by Louie Dane C. Merced

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