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
Ambassador of Turkey H.E. Hatice Pinar Isik presents a set of books in a simple ceremony held at the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) on 7 November 2013 to enrich the collection of the Carlos P. Romulo Library of the FSI. She is flanked by FSI Director Ma. Angelina M. Sta. Catalina and Executive Director Kadatuan P. Usop.
DFA’s UNIO, FSI GAD Focal Committee, DFA GAD Secretariat Team Up for Women, Peace and Security ForumOctober 25th, 2013
To highlight the role of women in peacemaking, the Office of the United Nations and other International Organizations (UNIO), the Foreign Service Institute (FSI) Gender and Development (GAD) Focal Committee, and the DFA GAD Secretariat joined together to conduct the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) Forum at the Quirino Hall, DFA Building, Pasay City, on 30 September 2013.
The forum focused on UN Security Council Resolution 1325, which was issued in October 2000 to address both the impact of war on women and women’s role in conflict management, conflict resolution and sustainable peace. ….read more
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
04 April 2013 — A Foreign Service Institute (FSI) delegation led by Director Ma. Angelina Sta. Catalina paid a working visit to the Institute of Foreign Affairs (IFA) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Vientiane, Laos, from March 19 to 22. FSI delegation’s visit to Laos is an offshoot of the Memorandum of Understanding between the FSI and IFA that was signed during the Official Visit to the Philippines of Lao Prime Minister Thongsing ….read more