About This Conference
Supported by the United States Embassy Manila, The Asia Foundation and the Ateneo School of Government implemented “The Future of the US-Philippines Bilateral Relationship” last February 7 to 8, 2019, at the Peninsula Manila, Makati City. The purpose of the dialogue was to analyze the current and future state of the bilateral relationship, focusing on how the two countries are jointly able to explore opportunities and address challenges.
he bilateral relationship has long been a stable and resilient partnership, and it continues to grow. This is particularly true across the historically close security relationship, the strong economic linkages, and the myriad cultural ties through exchange, education, and the large Filipino diaspora living in the United States.
Within the context of a rapidly developing Asia and shifting regional and global political dynamics, there is the need to examine a number of key issue areas within the bilateral relationship and to chart out how to build the bilateral relationship in the future. The conference was built around eight sessions: Session 1: The Future of U.S.-Philippines Military Alliance; 2) Session 2: Countering Violent Extremism; Session 3: Responding to Regional Challenges in Asia; Session 4: Maritime and Border Security; Session 5: Investing in the Future and Pushing through Middle-Income Status – Areas of Cooperation; Session 6: Economic Engagement: Trade, Business and Investment; Session 7: Technology and Industry: Perspectives and Areas of U.S.-Philippines Growth; Session 8: Emerging Leaders in U.S.-Philippines Relations.
The conference drew from a wide range of perspectives from the policy community, the private sector, and broader civil society. The Asia Foundation (TAF) and the Ateneo School of Government (ASOG) designed this dialogue to constructively complement discussion in the recent 7th U.S.-Philippines Bilateral Strategic Dialogue held in Washington, D.C., in 2017.
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U.S., Filipino, and regional scholars came together to reaffirm the longstanding partnership between the two countries and explore new areas of cooperation.