By Andrea Chloe Wong
Since the establishment of diplomatic ties on 3 March 1949, the relationship between the Philippines and South Korea has flourished. The Philippines was one of the first countries that extended diplomatic recognition to South Korea or the Republic of Korea. This was cemented with the Philippine government’s deployment of the Philippine Expeditionary Force to Korea (PEFTOK) to help South Korea against the invasion of the communist North during the Korean War in the 1950s. After the war, the Philippines provided development assistance to South Korea and helped the country rebuild itself. ….read more
By Julio S. Amador III
President Barack Obama’s upcoming participation in the East Asia, APEC, and the ASEAN-U.S. confabs in Southeast Asia during his October trip to the region will highlight important challenges that the region faces, particularly the role that small states play in great power relations. While analysts and scholars are still debating the relationship between the United States and rising China, the countries of Southeast Asia, independently and as ASEAN, already understand that the ultimate nature of relations between the two great powers will directly affect them. ….read more
The Foreign Service Institute in cooperation with the Argentine Embassy hosted a lecture and cultural film show on 20 February 2014. Undersecretary Maria del Carmen Squeffof the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Worship of the Argentine Republic was the guest speaker.
Mr. Carlos D. Sorreta(right), Director of Foreign Service Institute, and Mr. Antonio D. Kalaw, Jr.(left), President of the Development Academy of the Philippines, on the occasion of the MOU Signing Ceremony on cooperation between their respective institutions.(12 February 2014)
A total of 86 graduates from 7 foreign language courses marched on stage during the Foreign Language Program Closing Ceremony of the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) on 12 December 2013 at the Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Building, Pasay City.
The ceremony was opened by FSI Executive Director Kadatuan P. Usop and was followed by the keynote message of Undersecretary for Administration Rafael E. Seguis, which was delivered by Executive Director Lilybeth R. Deapera of the Ocean Concerns Office.
The Foreign Service Institute was privileged to have Senator Leticia Ramos Shahani conduct a lecture for the junior diplomats attending the Foreign Service Officers’ Cadetship Course Batch XX on 24 June 2013. The lecture, entitled “Decision-Making in Foreign Policy Formulation,” falls under the ambit of the module on Foreign Policy, which seeks to discuss and examine thoroughly the interests and the positions of the Philippine government on various significant issues. Of specific interest is the decision making process in the formulation and challenges in implementing Philippine foreign policy. ….read more