Maritime and Regional Security in the Asia Pacific: Challenges and Prospects for Cooperation
Top Row (L-R): Mr. Kwa Chong Guan (S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies), Prof. Dr. Jay L. Batongbacal (UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and Law of the Sea), Mr. Benedikt Seemann (Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung), Former President Fidel V. Ramos, Prof. Dr. Sebastian Bersick (Ruhr-Universität Bochum), Dr. K.S. Balakrishnan (University of Malaya), Mr. Chito Sta. Romana (Philippine Association of Chinese Studies), Prof. Richard Javad Heydarian (De La Salle University), Dr. Eduardo Araral (National University of Singapore).
Seated (L-R): Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta (Former Ambassador and Permanent Representative to ASEAN), Ms. Lizanne Uychaco (AIM RSN PCC Board Member), Dr. Ronald U. Mendoza (AIM RSN PCC), Former Senator Leticia Shahani, Prof. Mario Antonio G. Lopez (AIM)
Last November 20, 2015, the AIM Rizalino S. Navarro Policy Center for Competitiveness (AIM RSN PCC) and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) hosted a forum entitled “Maritime and Regional Security in the Asia Pacific: Challenges and Prospects for Cooperation.”
The said forum featured policy discussions with Prof. Sebastian Bersick of Ruhr-Universitat Bochum, Germany, Dr. Eduardo Araral of National University of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Mr. Kwa Chong Guan of Nanyang Technological University’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies and Dr. Jay Batongbacal of UP Institute for Maritime Affairs and the Law of the Sea. Among the issues covered are the significant link that exists between the economic and security aspects of maritime issues in the Asia-Pacific and the need to understand the dynamics of the current maritime security issues. The speakers highlighted the need to understand the role of various factors including those that are external to the region and the countries’ understanding of the oceans and stewardship of marine resources. The need for the Philippines to understand its interests on the current maritime security issues was also emphasized in the discussions.
The forum also featured policy discussions with Dr. Wilfrido Villacorta of De La Salle University, Rep. Francisco Ashley Acedillo of the Magdalo party list, Dr. K.S. Balakrishnan of University of Malaya and Mr. Chito Sta. Romana of the Philippine Association of Chinese Studies. Among the issues discussed include the need for cooperation among the countries in dealing with the current maritime security issues and the need for the Philippines to provide an institutional anchor to its national security strategy.
The event is part of a series of forums which aims to synthesize and facilitate sharing of information and evidence by experts and scholars on the relevant issues, and establish a platform through which policymakers can engage scholars, experts and other stakeholders in an evidence-based discussion as well as to raise greater public awareness on the various regional and maritime security issues in the region.