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The Mangrove Forum on International Relations

The Foreign Service Institute’s premier platform for discussion of issues and problems in foreign policy,
diplomacy, and international relations.

Track 1.5 diplomacy is an intricate and delicate system in the international system that allows governments and the academe to work together to solve various issues that confront nation-states. No other plant symbolizes such a system like the mangrove, which possesses adaptability, interdependence, and vitality. Thriving in intertidal zones between land and water, mangroves sustain life by protecting shorelines against strong waves and storms, and providing shelter and nutrients to the flora and fauna that live around them. This is also how track 1.5 diplomacy works, where creative interaction allow officials and scholars to discuss and reflect on issues that are vital to the security and prosperity of states and societies.

Track 1.5 needs to adapt to a continuously evolving international system through cooperation and dialogue.  The convergence of official and non-official actors is emphasized, especially in generating innovative approaches and solutions to a vast array of international issues and challenges.  Similar to the roots of a mangrove that are teeming with life, Track 1.5 diplomacy also illustrates the dynamism of the various actors in international relations linked through multiple channels of interaction.

The Mangrove Forum on International Relations is a venue for specialists, experts, and practitioners to engage in discussion of regional and global issues that have political, economic, and socio-cultural impact on the Philippines. It aims to strengthen linkages and facilitate greater cooperation and interaction among the various stakeholders in different issues. It is FSI’s contribution to promoting dialogue and cooperation among the various stakeholders of the Philippines’ foreign policy.

Recent Forums

“Moving Forward: The Philippines- US Alliance Under the New Administration” (26 October 2022, Charles Parsons Ballroom, U.S. Embassy, Ermita, Manila)

“Convergence on the Arbitration Award? Untangling Recent Developments in the South China Sea” (21 January 2021, DFA)

“Future of the US-Philippines Alliance” (20 November 2018, Carlos P. Romulo Library, DFA)

Laos and Regional Integration” (14 July, Carlos P. Romulo Library, DFA)

Partnering for Change: The Role of People in ASEAN at 50 and Beyond” (31 May 2017, Marriott Hotel, Pasay City)

Status of Philippine Compliance to the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)” (31 March 2017, Carlos P. Romulo Library, DFA)

“The Philippines’ Chairmanship of ASEAN” (24 January 2017, Sofitel Philippine Plaza)

“Asserting ASEAN’s Role in Maintaining the Regional Order” (28 November 2016, Carlos P. Romulo Library, DFA

“Women Leaders in the Philippine Foreign Service” (28 October 2016, Carlos P. Romulo Library, DFA)

“India and the Philippines: Enhancing Bilateral Ties, Cooperating towards Regional Security and Progress” (20 October 2016, Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA

“The Impact of US-China Power Rivalry on ASEAN Institutionalization” (25 May 2016, Carlos P. Romulo Library, DFA)

“Women, Peace and Security” (23 September 2015, FSI Carlos Chan Room, DFA)

ASEAN Beyond 2015: What to Expect (24 August 2015, Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA)

“Philippine Participation in UN Peacekeeping Operations” (26 May 2015, Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA)

“The Role of the Judiciary in Foreign Policy Making” (12 March 2015, Carlos P. Romulo Library, DFA)

“The South China Sea and China’s Geopolitical Interests” (13 February 2015, Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA)

Mangrove Forum on International Relations with Hon. Daniel R. Russell, US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, and Hon. David B. Shear US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs (20 January 2015, Carlos P. Romulo Library, DFA)

“UNCLOS and the Archipelagic Doctrine” (18 November 2014, Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA)

“Pillars of Turkish Foreign Policy and the Asia Pacific” (17 November 2014, Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA)

“Rethinking ASEAN Centrality in the 21st Century” (18 August 2014, Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA)

Regional Security Architecture for the Asia Pacific” (17 June 2014, Bulwagang Apolinario Mabini, DFA)