Promoting cooperation and policy formulation
The Griffith Asia Institute has co-hosted international dialogues with Philippine based institutions for a number of years. These track II dialogues seek to explore opportunities for cooperation and policy formulation in the areas of economic development and security in the Asia Pacific.
Manila-based think-tank Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress (APPFI) and GAI co-organised the 2019 Australia-Philippine Dialogue on July 18-19, with the support of the Australian Embassy in the Philippines. This year’s theme was '"Connecting the Spokes” in reference to the hubs and spokes model with the United States as the centre. The dialogue aimed to identify the nuances of quasi-alliances and the ways that spokes connect to each other. The dialogue also evaluated the comprehensive partnership between Australia and the Philippines. An objective evaluation paved the way for quality recommendations on how to sustain the positive trajectory of the relationship in the face of regional challenges.
The 2018 Australia-Philippines Think Tank Dialogue explored new and re-emerging challenges brought about by power politics, questions on leadership, as well as threats stemming from non-traditional security challenges, to re-assess how to deepen and strengthen the Australia-Philippines partnership.
After Marawi: Advancing Australia–Philippines strategic relations Benjamin Schreer and Ian Hall.
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The Griffith Asia Institute has partnered with the Foreign Services Institute in Manila, the prime training and research institute for Philippine foreign policy, diplomacy, and related fields and a recognised centre for language learning as well as the Philippine Institute for Development Studies (PIDS). PIDS research is aimed at helping government planners and policy-makers in the executive and legislative branches of government. Its primary clientele consists of the network of agencies which make up the National Economic and Development Authority.
Past dialogues have focused on the bilateral relationship around the economic and trade partnership and the broader security issues within the Asia-Pacific region. Topics have included:
- ‘Economic diplomacy and the APEC agenda’;
- ‘The South China Sea – Managing tensions, revisiting regional efforts and fostering cooperation’; and
- ‘Australia-Philippines two track security dialogue’.