Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

Get an overview of perennial and emerging topics in Asian politics, security and international relations at a forum-exhibit, Unpacking Asia: Emerging Issues in Politics, Security, and Foreign Policy, on 7 to 9 December 2017, Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, Quezon City.

The forum will be held on 7 December 2017, 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm, while the exhibit will be open for viewing from 8 to 9 December 2017, 8:00 am to 6:30 pm at the Philippines Hall. Both the forum and the research exhibit are free and open to the public, but participants are requested to sign up. 


In the 7 December forum, the public is invited to learn from, engage, and discuss Asian politics with twenty-one (21) graduate students of Professor Aileen Baviera this semester. They will present their research, via posters, from 1:00 pm to 8:30 pm, 7 December 2017.

Various facets of ASEAN and China’s expanding role in Southeast Asia will be tackled, as will the role of digital technology and cybersecurity in the region’s domestic and international politics. There are presentations on China’s Belt and Road Initiative, the Rohingya Crisis, the ASEAN Economic Community, and Philippines-China Relations under Duterte.

The poster presentations are grouped into three panels. Please refer to schedule.

Security Issues in the Asia-Pacific (1:00 pm–3:30 pm)

  • Of Citizenship, Democracy, and International Intervention: Towards Resolving the Hybrid Humanitarian Crisis of the Rohingya People by Pat Fongwan

  • Civil Society's Role in Preventing Extreme Violence by Jennifer Kleskie

  • Indonesia Online: An Analysis of Threats and Responses from a Cybersecurity Lens by Cheska Diaz

  • Dealing with the Rohingya Crisis: ASEAN and the Principle of Non-Interference by Ed Vitenio

  • Changing Winds: Duterte’s Position Towards China and its Implications for ASEAN and the Philippines by Paige Occeñola

  • South Korea as a Regional Middle Power: Implications for Philippine Security by Nile Alegato

International Relations of Southeast Asia (3:30 pm–5:30 pm)

  • Contested Cultural Heritage and Community-Building in ASEAN by Ace Vincent Molo

  • Vietnam and the Development of the Indochinese Sub-Region by Misha Borbon

  • Achieving Zero Hunger: Challenges, Prospects and Implications for ASEAN Regional Cooperation by Rowee Decena

  • The Political Economy of the Seeming 'Failure' of the ASEAN Economic Community by Slye Serrano

  • Internet and Elections in Singapore and Malaysia: Implications for ASEAN Democracy by Dale Rivera

  • ASEAN and Myanmar in the Face of Democracy by Marielle Crisostomo

  • Security Threats in the Southeast Asian Cyber Domain: A Comparative Study of Indonesia’s, Singapore’s and the Philippines’s Responses to Cybersecurity Issues by Charmaine Centino

Emerging Issues in Asian International Relations (5:30 pm–8:30 pm)

  • Can Japan Play a Leadership Role in East Asian Security? by Maru Bañez

  • Disseminating Foreign Policy through Social Media: The Case of Southeast Asia by Gene Torres

  • Belt and Road Initiative Approach: Restructuring China’s Engagement through its Economic Strategies by Anna Manguerra

  • Understanding Populism and Foreign Policy through Public Opinion: Indonesia and the Philippines in Comparative Perspective by Nash Rasul

  • The Belt and Road Initiative as China's Infrastructure Diplomacy by Harold Diokno

  • The Implications of Korea-Philippines Relations on Korean-Filipinos (KOPINOS) by Marco Angulo

  • US Disengagement from Asia: Impact on Japan’s Interests, Implications for Foreign Policy by Nica Carreon

The forum aims to promote awareness of Asian politics, and build constructive and informed dialogue on the various issues, perspectives, and methods used by states, security practictioners, and diplomats in dealing with emerging challenges of the region.


The posters will be available for public viewing from 8 to 9 December, 8 am to 6:30 pm, Japan Hall, UP Asian Center, QC. 


The three ‘panels’ correspond to graduate courses at the UP Asian Center, which are being taught by Professor Aileen Baviera this semester. She specializes on and writes about contemporary China studies, China-Southeast Asia relations, Asia-Pacific security, territorial and maritime disputes, and regional integration. The editor in chief of the journal, "Asian Politics & Policy," she is the author of many academic publications, including the "The Domestic Mediations of China's Influence in the Philippines," which appears in Rising China's Influence in Developing Asia, published by Oxford University Press. She completed her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of the Philippines Diliman. VIEW FULL PROFILE.


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The UP Asian Center offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. The Center offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. Get an overview of these programs. The Asian Center also houses a peer-reviewed, open-access journal, Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia. It has published several books and monographs, and hosts or organizes various lectures and conferences