In collaboration with the Foreign Service Institute, and with the support of the US Embassy in the Philippines, the Pacific Forum would like to invite everyone to participate in the Pacific Forum’s Call for Papers on US-PH Relations. This project is part of the Pacific Forum’s US-Philippines’ Next Generation Leaders Initiative which seeks to further advance US-Philippine Alliance, and to connect young Filipino leaders and experts from academia, public policy, military and industry, with their American counterparts. 

Filipinos and Americans between the ages of 22 and 39 can apply and submit their abstracts. Graduate students, junior government officials, junior diplomats, junior military officers, junior to mid-career employees from the private sector are highly encouraged to participate in this project. 

Official text from Pacific Forum:


70 years ago, the Philippines became the United States’ first treaty-ally in Asia. Today, while the Alliance continues to serve as an important anchor for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific Region, challenges abound. To help chart the strategic direction of this important relationship, next-generation Filipino and American leaders in academia, public policy, military, and industry, between the ages of 22 and 39, are invited to submit paper proposals that discuss specific issue-areas in U.S.-Philippine Alliance.

Eight selected authors will be mentored by Pacific Forum’s senior staff over the course of six months. Authors of the top four papers will present at a virtual dialogue to be scheduled in the latter half of 2021. Final drafts will be published in Pacific Forum’s Issues & Insights series. 

An honorarium of US$1,000 will be provided to each selected author, who will also have opportunities to attend future conferences and workshops related to U.S.-Philippine relations, and regional security, sponsored by Pacific Forum. Authors of the top four papers will each be provided with an additional sum. 


To apply, please submit an abstract of no more than 300 words describing the U.S. and/or Filipino perspective on the security relationship over the past 70 years. You can offer a broad assessment of the topic (including new challenges in U.S.-Philippine relations and policy recommendations), or focus on a specific facet of the relationship (e.g., maritime security, cyber security, capacity-building and security sector reform, countering violent extremism, strengthening alliance mechanisms such as the Visiting Forces Agreement and Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement, and addressing emerging regional security challenges, among others).

Note: We seek high-caliber research papers (with clearly identifiable dependent and independent variables) between 4,000 and 7,000 words. Policy recommendations should be based on solid original analysis and data.

Abstracts due by March 5,2021 (submission:

Selected authors will have to submit the first draft of full papers (4,000 to 7,000 words) by August 2021.

For inquiries, contact Nimrod Persson at