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Philippines 2016: Governance, Growth, Development, and Security

H.E. Jose L. Cuisia, Philippine Ambassador to the U.S.
The Honorable Richard Lugar, former Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

April 28, 2016

Thirty years after the 'People Power Revolution' transitioned the Philippines to a democratic government, how has the nation progressed in improving the lives of its residents? A group of Johns Hopkins SAIS students partnered with the Embassy of the Philippines and the U.S.-Philippines Society to reflect on the nation's accomplishments and continuing challenges in economic development, security, and governance at a panel discussion at SAIS Washington.

The keynote address by Philippine Ambassador to the United States Jose L. Cuisia examined his country’s recent security priorities, including territorial disputes over the South China Sea, provocative actions by North Korea, and an increasing threat of expansion of ISIS in Southeast Asia.

Panelists from the World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development, Millennium Challenge Corporation, U.S.-Philippines Society, National War College, University of Hawaii, and Johns Hopkins SAIS continued with analysis of economic trends, development strategies for growth, and U.S.-Philippine cooperative security arrangements.   

Closing remarks were shared by former Chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Richard Lugar, who offered his perspective as the American official tasked with observing the 1986 presidential election and supporting the Philippine government's transition from authoritarian regime to democratic republic. 


Part 1: Keynote by Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. and panel on Governance, Growth, and Development


Part 2: Peace and Security panel, closing address by Sen. Richard Lugar