Prof. Dr. Chester B. Cabalza teaches at the Department of Anthropology, University of the Philippines in Diliman. He is the Founding President of the Manila-based think tank International Development and Security Cooperation (IDSC). He advises national leaders, multinational companies, and embassies on defense and security issues. Cabalza previously held the position of Vice President for the Center of Research and Strategic Studies while he concurrently became the Executive Fellow at the Development Academy of the Philippines. He was formerly a Consultant of the World Bank and the Japan International and Cooperation Agency. He is conferred as Scientist by the Department of Science and Technology under the Presidential Decree 997. He was a recipient of the CHED Faculty Scholarship and the Angara Scholarship Awards in UP Diliman. As an Environmental Reviewer of the Department of Environment and National Resources, he has reviewed big ticket projects under the ‘Build, Build, Build’ and ‘Build Better More’ programs including railways, subways, mining projects, mega dams, expressways, and bridges. He also lectures for and advises thesis of senior military and senior police officers at the National Defense College of the Philippines, Armed Forces of the Philippines-Command and General Staff College, and the Philippine Public Safety College. A Fellow of the College of Defense Studies at National Defense University in Beijing, and the US State Department under the stewardship of the University of Delaware. He has published more than a hundred in peer-reviewed journals and opinion-editorial in the purview of security studies and recently co-authored The Rise of Philippinedization: Philippinedization is not Finlandization. Cabalza won the IFSSO international prize for the Social Science Award and bestowed the Humanitarian Award from the Rotary Club. He is regularly interviewed by local and foreign media on the South China Sea, regional terrorism, culture and society, and related international political economy issues.
Security Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Culture and Society, Development and Environmental Anthropology, Strategic Culture, Diplomacy and National Security
South China Sea, China, United States, Global North, Southeast Asia, Philippines