6 June 2022 - After an interesting lecture on maritime safety measures and security relations between China and the Philippines, Coast Guard Commanders enrolled under the Master in Public Management major in Development and Security with specialization in Maritime Safety and Security (MPM DevSec MSS) Batch 2 program were greeted with another in-class discussion, this time on the topic, “US Maritime and Naval Power from the Lens of International Relations.” This day’s invited guest speaker was Dr. Robin Micahel U. Garcia, who serves as an Assistant Professor at the UA&P School of Law and Governance. He is also the President and CEO of W&R Numero Research.
Dr. Garcia’s lecture contextualizes the discussion of Naval and Maritime power in the context of the International Relations Theory. The discussion revolved around three main themes. The first being a recap and introduction of three major international relations theories, particularly the Theory of Realism and its relevance to seapower. The second part delved into the concept and definition of seapower in international relations and the different sources and types of power. Lastly, Dr. Garcia talked about the United States and its naval and maritime power, comparing it also with China as a rising power. Finally, the lecture ends with a question and answer portion with the speaker followed by a quick synthesis discussion facilitated by the Faculty-in-charge of the PCG-225: International Maritime Norms, Innovations and Best Practices module, Dr. Chester B. Cabalza.
The MPM DevSec MSS Batch 2 is a twinning program between the Development Academy of the Philippines - Graduate School of Public and Development Management (DAP-GSPDM) and the Coast Guard-12 Education and Training-Philippine Coast Guard (CG12-PCG). It is managed by the Learning Management Team from the Security Governance and Diplomacy Cluster (SGDC)