Brief Profile


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.

Research Interests and Specialization


Security Anthropology, Political Anthropology, Culture and Society, Development and Environmental Anthropology, Strategic Culture, Diplomacy and National Security

Geographical Areas / Field Sites


South China Sea, China, United States, Global North, Southeast Asia, Philippines

Publications


INTERNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS

  • “Post-Pandemic Korean Wave and the Rise of Asian Representation,” (book chapter) November 2022. University of Santiago, Chile.  
  • “Philippines’ subs: the AUKUS inspiration,” Co-written by Joshua Espena. October 2022. The Lowy Institute. (https://www.lowyinstitute.org/).
  • “The Importance of Robust Philippines-Indonesia Security Relations,” September 2022. The Diplomat. (https://thediplomat.com/).
  • “La Economia de la Ciber Seguridad Maritime,” August 2022. Buenos Aires, Argentina (www.reporteasia-com).
  • “The Economics of Maritime Cybersecurity: Chokepoints and Vulnerabilities in the Indo-Pacific,” August 2022. Asia Power Watch (https://asiapowerwatch.com).
  • “The Rise of Philippinedization: Philippinedization is not Finlandization,” Co-written by Joshua Espena and Don McLain Gill. December 2021. International Development and Security Cooperation (IDSC). Amazon Kindle and Paperback.
  • “Philippines-US defence treaty needed more than even as Taliban’s rise sparks fears of global terrorism,” September 2021. South China Morning Post (https://www.scmp.com/).
  • “Philippines’ aspirational maritime power: Is it achievable by 2028?,” September 2021. Observer Research Foundation (https://www.orfonline.org/). 
  • “Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs): a Trojan Horse in Manila’s rich ghettos,” July 2021. Asia Power Watch France (https://asiapowerwatch.com)
  • “Duterte’s Independent Foreign Policy Befalls to Philippnedization,” April 2021. Pulsul Geostrategic (https://www.pulsulgeostrategic.ro/en/materiale/material/234).
  • “Manila Gives Rise to Philippinedization,” May 2019. Co-authored with Mark Payumo. Diplomatic Courier (www.diplomaticourier.com)
  • “Xi Jinping Capitalizes on Rainbow after the Rain in the Philippines,” November 2018. The Diplomat (www.thediplomat.com).
  • “Facebook Scandal Reveals the Philippines’ Cyber Vulnerability,” April 2018. The Diplomat (www.thediplomat.com).
  • “The Philippines Strategic Relationship with India” January 2018. The Diplomat (www.thediplomat.com).  
  • “Can Asean Work Together to Fight Regional Terrorism?” August 2017. The Diplomat(www.thediplomat.com).
  • “Duterte’s Extended Martial Law and the Future of Marawi,” July 2017. The Diplomat (www.thediplomat.com).
  • “How Clan Feuds and Ethnic Tensions Breed Terrorism in the Philippines,” July 2017. The Diplomat (www.thediplomat.com).
  • “Marawi Siege: Testing the Philippines’ Anti-Terror Law,” June 2017. The Diplomat (www.thediplomat.com).
  • “Martial Law and Duterte’s Quest for Federalism,” May 2017. The Diplomat (www.thediplomat.com).
  • “ASEAN-India’s Shared Destiny: Rebuilding Cross-Cultural Exchanges and Future Ties,” August 2015. Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  
  • “Philippines-India: Making Impressive Strides in Strengthening Ties,” April 2013. Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist Special Supplement 2013 Philippines, pages 66-67, New Delhi, India.
  • “Luwaran.com: Mouthpiece of the Bangsamoro in Southern Philippines,” January 2011. Asian Politics and Policies, Volume 3 Issue 1, pages 153-155, Wiley-Blackwell, USA.

INTERNATIONAL CITATIONS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

  • In “No, Manila is not Trying to Bahave like Helsinki?” Mark Payumo, 2019. Analyzing War.Org.
  • In “Moro Separatism in the Philippines: The Strategic Failure of a Promising Counterinsurgency,” B.K. Schiaefer. 2018, Small Wars Journal.
  • In “Beyond Human Rights and the War on Terror,” Juss Satvinder (Editor) 1st Edition. 2018, Routledge Research in Human Rights Law.
  • In “Counter terrorist Trends and Analyses,” In A Journal of International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (CTR), S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. 
  • In “Southeast Asia: ISIS’ Next Front,” Berrier, Connor H. 2017, Monterey, California, Naval Postgraduate School.
  • In “South Korean Perceptions of Soft Power: How the Hanguk-in See Themselves in the World,” In International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review. Unji Baek and Joseph Molnar, 2017. Auburn University.  
  • In “Nexus of Crime and Terrorism: The Case of the Abu Sayyaf Group,” Allan Jones Salem, 2016 (thesis). Monterey, California, Naval Postgraduate School.
  • In “Bloodied Democracy: Duterte and the Death of Liberal Reformism in the Philippines,” In Journal of Current Southeast Asian Journal, Thomson, Mark R, 2016.
  • In “Institutionalizing East Asia: Mapping and Reconfiguring Regional Cooperation,” edited by Alice D. Ba, Cheng-Chwee Kuik, Sueo Sudo, 2016. Routledge.
  • In “Asia’s New Battlefield: The USA, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific,” by Richard Javad Heydarian, 2015. Zed Books, London,UK.
  • In “Look East, Cross Black Water: India’s Interest in Southeast Asia,” by Jonah Blank, Jennifer Moroney, Angel Rabasa, and Bonny Lin, 2015. Rand Corporation, California, USA.
  • In “India’s Naval Strategy and Asian Security,” edited by Anit Mukherjee and C Raja Mohan, 2015. Routledge, USA.
  • In “Sino-US Energy Triangles: Resource Diplomacy under Hegemony,” edited by David Zweig and Yufan Hao, 2015. Rouledge, USA.
  • In “Pop Power: Pop Diplomacy for a Global Society,” Luis Anonio Vidal Perez, 2014, Peru, also available online at [www.culturaldiplomacy.org]. 
  • In “South Korean Perceptions of Soft Power: How the Hanguk-in See Themselves in the World,” Unji Baek, 2014 (thesis). Auburn University,
  • In “Struggle for Basic Defense Capacity: The National Defense of the Philippines in Post Marcos Era” Shang-Su Wu, 2014, Airiti Library, China.

LOCAL PUBLICATIONS

  • “Philippines-France Defense Partnership: Fortifying a New Tide of Maritime Security,” September 2021. Philippine Star https://www.philstar.com/news-commentary/2022/09/17/2210350/philippines-france-defense-partnership-fortifying-new-tide-maritime-security-indo-pacific-region.  
  • “Russia-Ukraine War defies Finlandization, goes for Philippinedization” March 2022. Co-written by Joshua Espena and Don McLain Gill. Rappler. https://www.rappler.com/voices/thought-leaders/opinion-russia-ukraine-war-defies-finlandization-goes-philippinedization/.
  • “Taliban’s Afghanistan: A World Reorder” August 2021. Co-written by Joshua Espena and Don McLain Gill. Rappler. https://www.rappler.com/voices/imho/analysis-taliban-afghanistan-world-reorder.
  • “The Philippines’ stealthy ascent to middle power,” August 2021. Philippine Strategic Forum https://www.stratforumph.com/post/the-philippines-stealthy-ascent-to-middle-power.
  • “China’s Coast Guard Law: A ‘Time Bomb’ Ready to Explode” March 2021. Spark, Stratbase ADR Institute. https://adrinstitute.org/2021/03/19/stratbase-adr-institutes-first-quarter-2021-spark-chinas-coast-guard-law-a-time-bomb-ready-to-explode/.
  • “Philippines’ Whole-of-Nation Approach in Combating Covid-19 Pandemic” March 2021. Philippine Council for Foreign Relations.
  • “How can France Modernize the Philippines’ armed forces?” December 2020. Rappler https://www.rappler.com/voices/imho/analysis-how-can-france-modernize-philippines-armed-forces.
  • “Call to Review the Mutual Defense Treaty” StratJournal, Office of Naval Strategic Studies, pages 18-20, March-April 2019, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “Community-Based Holistic Approach in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism” pages 176-191, In Perspective on Terrorism in the Philippine Context, University of the Philippines Law Center, Institute of International Legal Studies, Diliman, Quezon City.
  • “Federalism: Duterte’s Biggest Security Reform?” Katiwasayan Journal, pages 60-61, August 2018, National Defense College of the Philippines Alumni Association, Incorporated (NDCPAAI), Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. 
  • “Duterte’s House of Cards” Katiwasayan Journal, In Development and Security for Nation-Building, pages 23-26, August 2017, National Defense College of the Philippines Alumni Association, Incorporated (NDCPAAI), Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. 
  • “ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community in 2015: How Prepared is the Philippines?” Katiwasayan Journal, In One of the Nations towards ASEAN Integration, pages 21-25, August 2015, National Defense College of the Philippines Alumni Association, Incorporated (NDCPAAI), Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. 
  • “Citizen Journalism: The Right to Communicate and Social Change,” Katiwasayan Journal, In One of the Nations towards ASEAN Integration, pages 11-15, August 2015, National Defense College of the Philippines Alumni Association, Incorporated (NDCPAAI), Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “The Road to Securing Philippine Economic Environment” Ang Tala: Winning the Peace, Progress and Prosperity, December 2014, Vol. 3 No. 4, pages 8-12, AFP 79th Anniversary, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “Trends and Threats in Cyberspace: Are We Secure?” (Reprint) Katiwasayan Journal, In Forging Global Relationships for Regional Security and Development, August 2014, pages 62-65, National Defense College of the Philippines Alumni Association, Incorporated (NDCPAAI), Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “The Anthropology of National Security: Towards the Development of a New Epistemology,” Special Edition of the National Security Review (NSR) in celebration of NDCP’s 25th Anniversary, January 2014, National Defense College of the Philippines, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “The Sabah Connection: An Imagined Community of Diverse Culture,” Katiwasayan Journal, A Special Edition, pages 32-37, August 2013, National Defense College of the Philippines Alumni Association, Incorporated (NDCPAAI), Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “Frontiers in Cybersecurity: Its Adverse Impacts in the Philippines and ASEAN Region,” 2013. Meeting the Challenges of Cybersecurity: The Philippine Situation and Outlook, pages 70-82, National Defense College of the Philippines, Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “Trends and Threats in Cyberspace: Are We Secure?” Executive Policy Brief, Vol 1. Nr. 11, July 2013, National Defense College of the Philippines, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “Philippines-India: Making Impressive Strides in Strengthening Ties,” (Reprint) Executive Policy Brief, Vol 1. Nr. 7, June 2013, National Defense College of the Philippines, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “New Frontiers in Cybersecurity: Its Adverse Impact in ASEAN Region,” 2012. Digest, Strategic and Special Studies, 3rd Quarter, Pressing Security Concerns, pages 21-33, Office of Strategic and Special Studies (OSS), Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “Is [South] Korea Open for Soft Power Diplomacy?” Executive Policy Brief, Vol 1. Nr. 13, February 2011, National Defense College of the Philippines, Camp Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “The Political Dimension of National Security [International],” 2010. Course Writer for the manual (127 pages) of the Distance Learning of Master on National Security Administration (pilot-test), with Amb. Rosario Manalo as Course Director, National Defense College of the Philippines, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
  • “Pagsulat sa Kasaysayang Walang Panulat: Ang Kaso ng mga Ayta ng Bataan,” 1999.  In Ledevina V. Cariño and Maria Luisa T. Camagay, Kasaysayang Lokal: Papers on Local History. Quezon City: Ugnayan ng Pahinungód, (Co-authored with Nestor Castro & Earl Gadit). Paper translated into English entitled: “Writing the History of Non-literate Peoples: The Case of Ayta in Bataan”
  • “A Preliminary Study of Philippine Ethnomathematics,” 1999. Sinag: CSSP Official Student Publication, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City.

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