The Philippines was the venue for the 10th Annual Meeting of the Track II Network of ASEAN Defence and Security Institutions (NADI).
The National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP), in partnership with the Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management (OSSSM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), hosted the 10th NADI Annual Meeting from 28 to 29 March 2017 at Conrad Hotel in Pasay City.
Inaugurated in 2007, NADI is a platform for dialogue among policy analysts, academics, defense officials, research institutions, think tanks in Southeast Asia specializing on defense and security issues.
NDCP President Rear Admiral Roberto Q Estioko AFP (ret) PhD MNSA and OSSSM Chief Brigadier General Paterno V Morales AFP co-chaired the meeting.
The Philippine delegation was led by NDCP Executive Vice President Brigadier General Roland G Jungco AFP (ret) and OSSSM Assistant Chief Colonel Francis Alaurin PA.
The 10th NADI Annual Meeting was an opportunity for the body to conduct an “internal housekeeping.” It reviewed previous NADI activities and identified future plans.
Participants exchanged views on enhancing NADI as a Track II platform in support of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and the ASEAN Defense Senior Officials’ Meeting (ADSOM).
Assistant Secretary for Assessments and International Affairs of the Department of National Defense (DND) Professor Raymund Jose G Quilop discussed with the NADI delegates the intention of ADSOM to deepen its engagement with NADI in order to further harness its potentials and expertise. Assistant Secretary Quilop is concurrently the Chair of the ADSOM.
At the end of the two-day Meeting, the NADI delegates agreed on a Chairman’s Report that will be forwarded to the ADSOM. The said Report contains insights and recommendations for both NADI as a body and the ADSOM as a Track I forum.
In his closing remarks, Admiral Estioko said, “NADI has renewed its commitment to free academic discussion and intellectual interaction in the Southeast Asian region”.
He said further, “NADI intends to remain relevant to Track I institutions by constantly keeping NADI’s activities and agenda vibrant and forward-looking”.
Participants of NADI activities present their views on current and emerging issues in their own personal capacity in order to promote an atmosphere of free conversation and academic freedom.
Representatives from the following institutions attended the meeting:
- Brunei’s Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies
- General Department of Policy and Foreign Affairs of the Ministry of National Defense of Cambodia
- Indonesia’s Center for Strategic Studies of TNI
- Indonesia Defense University
- Department of Military Science and History of Lao PDR’s Ministry of National Defence
- Malaysian Institute of Defence and Security (MiDAS)
- National Defence University of Malaysia (NDUM)
- Myanmar’s Ministry of Defence
- National Defense College of the Philippines (NDCP)
- AFP Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management (OSSSM)
- S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Singapore
- Thailand’s Strategic Studies Center of the National Defense Studies Institute
- Institute for Defense Strategy of Vietnam’s Ministry of National Defence
Before leaving Manila, participants were given a brief tour of Intramuros and the Rizal Monument for a snapshot of Philippine heritage and culture.
The NDCP is the government’s highest center for education, training and research on defense and national security. It is a core institution member of NADI.
– Manmar Francisco