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Understanding Philippine Foreign Policy through New Frames
Asian Center, University of the Philippines
This research of the University of the Philippines’ Asian Center 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. An edited volume is expected within 2012.