CIRSS Commentaries


  • Reflecting on ASEAN’s Contributions to the Region and the World 

    Merced, Louie Dane C. (Foreign Service Institute, 2017-06-30)
    ASEAN has come a long way since the five foreign ministers from Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, and Thailand came together in Bangkok in August 1967 to establish an organization that would promote economic and social cooperation. Since ...
  • ASEAN-India: Forging Physical Connectivity 

    Villaruel, Jemimah Joanne C. (Foreign Service Institute, 2017-06-30)
    “Connectivity is the pathway to shared prosperity.” These words were stated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the 13th ASEAN-India Summit held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2015. As ASEAN strives to achieve its goal of establishing a single ...
  • The Philippines’ Labor Migration: OFWs in Qatar and the Kafala System 

    Mirasol, Jeremy Dexter B. (Foreign Service Institute, 2017-06-30)
    The word kafala has two distinct meanings in classical Arabic: to guarantee and to take care of. The kafala system is a timehonored tradition of hospitality, which lays down obligations in the treatment and protection of foreign guests. The customary ...
  • Towards an Inclusive Disaster Risk Reduction Management Process 

    Parcon, by RJ Marco Lorenzo C. (Foreign Service Institute, 2017-06-30)
    The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) has pointed out that gender inequalities constrain the control of women and girls over important decisions that affect their lives and restrain their access to vital resources. Existing ...

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