November 3, 2020 - The Graduate School of Public and Development Management (GSPDM) in collaboration with the Embassy of the United States launched the 5th Brown Bag lecture series titled "US National Security Strategy and Southeast Asia".
The session speaker is Dr. Joe Felter, who is a William J. Perry Fellow at the Center for International Security and Cooperation and Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution. From 2017 to 2019, Dr. Felter served as US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Oceania. At Stanford, Dr. Felter is Co-director of the Empirical Studies of Conflict Project and co-author of Hacking for Defense. A former US Army Special Forces and Foreign Area officer, Dr. Felter served in a variety of special operations and diplomatic assignments across East and Southeast Asia. He received a BS from the US Military Academy at West Point, a master’s in public administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, a graduate certificate in management from the University of West Australia, and a PhD in political science from Stanford University.
Dr. Felter discussed the role of the United States National Security Strategies in the Southeast Asian Region, particularly in the Philippines. He explicitly mentioned the significance of the 4th pillar of the US National Security Strategy which is to advance American influence and its desire to encourage aspiring partners and achieve better outcomes in multilateral forums. Questions on the West Philippine Sea and the UN Arbitration Ruling also came out during the open forum. Dr. Felter stressed the need for the ASEAN to come to a consensus and to work together as one to resolve this matter.
This lecture series is timely as it coincides with the US election day. Dr. Felter believes that no matter who will win the US elections, the Philippines will still remain as one of the United States’ closest ally bounded from a strong partnership that was built and tested through the years.
The session was attended by 153 participants from the Master in Public Management major in Development and Security (MPM DevSec) Batch 16 and Master in Public Management major in Development and Security with specialization in Maritime Safety and Security (MPM DevSec MSS) Batch 1 and Faculty Members from the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College (AFPCGSC).