Understanding Philippine Foreign Policy Through New Frames

This research looks at key aspects of Philippine foreign relations, ranging from the imperatives of external defense to the role of civil society. Participating scholars examine, from a multidisciplinary, multi-method approach and a policy-oriented perspective, how the country has managed its foreign economic linkages, external security needs, regional relations with East and Southeast Asia, and protection of its overseas workers. It also explores the relevance of culture and institutional factors -- including formal and informal rules and norms, and perceptions of identity and roles -- in shaping foreign policy behavior. Moreover, the analyses look beyond the role of the state into civil society interactions.

The various projects of the research employ document analysis, interviews, focus group discussions, analytic narratives and case studies to reach key findings. The components of the study are as follows:

PHILIPPINE FOREIGN RELATIONS: A HISTORICAL REVIEW OF FOREIGN POLICY OBJECTIVES
by Rowena Pangilinan, M.A.

GOVERNANCE STRUCTURES AND PHILIPPINE FOREIGN POLICY CHOICES: AN INSTITUTIONAL PERSPECTIVE
by Eduardo T. Gonzalez, PhD with contributions from Tina S. Clemente, PhD

ASSESSING PHILIPPINE ECONOMIC NEGOTIATIONS
by Amado Mendoza, Jr., PhD with contributions from Rolando Talampas, M.A.

ENHANCING PHILIPPINE NATIONAL SECURITY AGAINST EXTERNAL SECURITY THREATS
by Edgardo D. Dagdag, M.A. & Herman Joseph S. Kraft, M.A.

GOOD NEIGHBOR POLICY OF A WEAK DEMOCRATIC STATE: ARTICULATIONS, INITIATIVES, AND PRACTICE IN PHILIPPINE FOREIGN RELATIONS
by Noel M. Morada, PhD

THE HUMAN RIGHTS-BASED APPROACH TO SAFE AND DECENT OVERSEAS LABOR MIGRATION
by Carolyn I. Sobritchea, PhD & Hussein Macarambon, M.A.

DEMOCRATIZING INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND BRINGING THE PEOPLE BACK IN: THE PHILIPPINE CASE
by Eduardo C. Tadem, PhD & Teresa Encarnacion-Tadem, PhD

CULTURE, NORMS AND IDENTITY IN PHILIPPINE FOREIGN RELATIONS: NATION-STATE IN SEARCH OF SOVEREIGNTY
by Aileen S.P. Baviera, PhD