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Can the Philippines Break Out of its Affliction? Prospects for Democratic Governance, Economic Development, and Philippine-US Relations

April 2, 2008

Hosted by SAIS Southeast Asia Studies Program and The Asia Foundation with generous support from Exxon-Mobil Corporation

This one and a half-day conference brings together American and Filipino government officials, scholars, experts, and watchers of Philippine affairs, providing a venue for exchange ideas on the prospects for political reform, economic development, and peace and security in Southeast Asia’s oldest democracy.Specifically, the meeting will look into the issues and problems concerning democratic consolidation, reform of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, economic development, internal armed conflicts, and the future of bilateral partnership between the Philippines and the United States.

In addition to major speakers, the conference will have five panel sessions with three panelists each and an open forum for discussion and exchange of ideas among presenters and participants.The conference agenda and registration information will be available on March 14, 2008.Below is an outline of the conference program


Monday, 7 April 2008

8:15-8:45AMContinental Breakfast available

8:45-9:00AMWelcome Remarks

Dr. Karl D. Jackson, Director, Southeast Asia Studies, SAIS

Dr. Noel M. Morada, Visiting Professor of Southeast Asia Studies, SAIS

9:00-10:30 AMPanel I: The Philippine Economy: How Can the Philippines Sustain Economic Growth and Development?.

Chair:Dr. Veronique Salze-Lozac’h, TheAsiaFoundation


Mr. Brett Decker, Senior Vice President, ExIm Bank

Dr. Felipe Medalla, School of Economics,University of thePhilippines(UP) Diliman

World Bank Representative (tbi)

10:30-10:45 AMBreak

10:45 AM-12:15 PMPanel II: Transforming Philippine Politics: How Can the Philippines Get Democratic Good Governance?

Chair: Dr. Steven Rood, TheAsiaFoundation-Manila


Dr. Paul Hutchcroft, University of Wisconsin Madison

Prof. Alexander R. Magno, Department of PoliticalScience, UP Diliman

12:15-1:45 PMLuncheon:”Asian Development Outlook”

Briefing:Dr. Ifzal Ali, Chief Economist, Asian Development Bank

Moderator:Dr. Michael Plummer,Resident Professor ofInternational Economics, SAIS Bologna Center

1:45-2:00 PMBreak

2:00-3:30 PMPanel III: Is Military Reform Possible?

Chair: Prof. William Wise, Associate DirectorSoutheast Asia Studies, SAIS


Mr. James Clad, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense,Department of Defense

Col. Gregorio Catapang, Department of National Defense

Mr. Ed Ross, President, EWRoss International LLC

3:30-3:45 PMBreak

3:45-5:15 PMPanel IV: Armed Challenges: How Can the Philippines Manage Internal Conflict?

Chair:Mr. Eugene Martin, Executive Director, HopkinsNanjing Center

Panelists:Mr. F. Augusto J. Mier, National Security Council of the Philippines

Dr. Susan Russell, Northern Illinois University

5:15 PMEnd of Day 1 of the Conference

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

8:30-9:00 AMContinental Breakfast available

9:00-11:00 AMPanel V: Beyond the Security Alliance: Philippine-US Relations in the21st Century

Chair:Dr. Karl D. Jackson, Director, Southeast Asia Studies, SAIS


Mr. Scot Marciel, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, East Asia and Pacific Affairs, State Department

Mr. Carlos Sorreta, Deputy Chief of Mission, Philippine Embassy Washington DC

Dr. Steven Rood, The Asia Foundation-Manila

Dr. Noel M. Morada, Visiting Professor of Southeast Asia Studies, SAIS

11:00 AMEnd of Conference

Location: Kenney Auditorium, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

1740 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC

For more information, please contact: Noel M. Morada, Ph.D.

Visiting Professor of Southeast Asia Studies, Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.

Tel: (202) 663-5815




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