Think Tank Dialogue Explores Future Directions For Philippines-Australia Comprehensive Partnership

The think tank dialogue featured presentations and open discussions between Philippine and Australian scholars, analysts, and/or government officials acting in their private capacity.
The think tank dialogue featured presentations and open discussions between Philippine and Australian scholars, analysts, and/or government officials acting in their private capacity.

The common values and the shared commitment to a rules-based regional order will allow the Philippines-Australia comprehensive partnership to move forward in the face of a changing security environment. This was highlighted in the Think Tank Dialogue held on 21 July 2017 at De La Salle University, Manila, organized by the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), in partnership with Griffith Asia Institute (GAI) of Griffith University, Australia and with the support of the Yuchengco Center (YC).

The dialogue brought together Australian and Filipino scholars and government officials acting in their private capacity, to exchange insights on geopolitical and economic developments in the region as they impact Philippines-Australia relations. The topics covered were the future of the regional security architecture, major power relations, the state of the regional economy, maritime security cooperation, and non-traditional security challenges.

The speakers shared the view that the uncertainty and unpredictability in the political and economic environment pose risks but also provide opportunities for the Philippines and Australia to work together and strengthen their bilateral relationship. However, there is still a need to address some nuances on how each country approaches regional challenges. Both countries should also identify and articulate their respective views on the regional order and seek common ground to advance cooperation. The dialogue also emphasized the need for sustained interface between the Track 2 and policy communities in exploring policy options toward the strengthening of the comprehensive partnership between the two countries.

The role players for the FSI-GAI Think Tank Dialogue pose for a group photo at The Museum of De La Salle University. (L to R) Prof. Michael Heazle of GAI, First Secretary Jamie Cooper of the Australian Embassy, Assistant Secretary Denis Lepatan of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)-Office for Policy Planning and Cooperation (OPPC), Dr. Ian Hall of GAI, Dr. Josef Yap of UP School of Economics, Deputy Director-General of Julio S. Amador III of FSI, Assistant Secretary Millicent Cruz-Paredes of DFA-Office of Asia Pacific Affairs (ASPAC), Dr. Trinidad Osteria of Yuchengco Center, Dr. Benjamin Schreer of Macquarie University, Prof. Maria Anna Rowena Luz G. Layador of FSI, Ms. Mary Fides Quintos of FSI, Dr. Lowell Bautista of Wollongong University, and Mr. Francis Perdon of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.
The role players for the FSI-GAI Think Tank Dialogue pose for a group photo at The Museum of De La Salle University. (L to R) Prof. Michael Heazle of GAI, First Secretary Jamie Cooper of the Australian Embassy, Assistant Secretary Denis Lepatan of Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA)-Office for Policy Planning and Cooperation (OPPC), Dr. Ian Hall of GAI, Dr. Josef Yap of UP School of Economics, Deputy Director-General of Julio S. Amador III of FSI, Assistant Secretary Millicent Cruz-Paredes of DFA-Office of Asia Pacific Affairs (ASPAC), Dr. Trinidad Osteria of Yuchengco Center, Dr. Benjamin Schreer of Macquarie University, Prof. Maria Anna Rowena Luz G. Layador of FSI, Ms. Mary Fides Quintos of FSI, Dr. Lowell Bautista of Wollongong University, and Mr. Francis Perdon of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines.
Assistant Secretary Millicent Cruz-Paredes of DFA-ASPAC notes in her opening message the longstanding and broad relationship between the Philippines and Australia, as well as Australia’s deep engagement with ASEAN.
Assistant Secretary Millicent Cruz-Paredes of DFA-ASPAC notes in her opening message the longstanding and broad relationship between the Philippines and Australia, as well as Australia’s deep engagement with ASEAN.
Prof. Ian Hall, Acting Director of GAI, explains the uncertainty and unpredictability in the regional economy.
Prof. Ian Hall, Acting Director of GAI, explains the uncertainty and unpredictability in the regional economy.
Ms. Mary Fides A. Quintos, Senior Foreign Affairs Research Specialist of FSI’s Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS) identifies maritime issues where the Philippines and Australia can further cooperate on.
Ms. Mary Fides A. Quintos, Senior Foreign Affairs Research Specialist of FSI’s Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies (CIRSS) identifies maritime issues where the Philippines and Australia can further cooperate on.
Colonel Francis Alaurin of the Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management (OSSSM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) presents ongoing activities undertaken by the Philippines and Australia in addressing non-traditional security challenges.
Colonel Francis Alaurin of the Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management (OSSSM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) presents ongoing activities undertaken by the Philippines and Australia in addressing non-traditional security challenges.