NDCP Attends the 10th Track II NADI Workshop in Singapore

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NDCP President RAdm Roberto Q Estioko (Ret), PhD, MNSA participated in the Track II Network of ASEAN Defence and Security Institutions (NADI) 10th Anniversary Commemorative Workshop.

Hosted by the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), the said workshop was held from 2 to 5 May 2017 at the Holiday Inn Atrium in Singapore.

The workshop provided an opportunity for NADI participating institutions to reflect on NADI’s accomplishments and to exchange views on the future directions of NADI as a network of defense and security institutions in support of the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting (ADMM).

The delegates collectively reaffirmed the contributions of NADI in promoting regional security in Southeast Asia through the free exchange of insights among policy analysts, academics, and defence officials.

At the opening ceremony, Ambassador Ong Keng Yong  and Mr Eddie Teo of RSIS unveiled the Track II NADI Commemorative Book.

During the workshop, Dr Estioko put forward three considerations in charting the future of NADI.  He noted that NADI can strengthen the cooperation among its members. NADI can identify new forms of engagement such as joint research.  It can encourage the participation of Southeast Asian subject-matter experts in NADI activities.  It can also explore the possibility of having closer relations with the ADMM while maintaining NADI’s Track II character.

Dr Estioko was accompanied by Senior Defense Research Officer Christian O Vicedo.

NADI was inaugurated in 2007 to serve as a platform for dialogue among policy analysts, academics, defense officials, research institutions, think tanks in Southeast Asia specializing on defense and security issues.

-  Christian O Vicedo