THE INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC AND DEVELOPMENT STUDIES - ISDS
Address: Commonwealth Avenue - Room 311
Diliman, Quezon City 1101 - Manila - Philippines
Phone Number: (63-2) 929-0889 / Fax: (63-2) 927-3894
Institute for Strategic and Development Studies was founded by a group of academicians from the University of the Philippines in April 1991. It was established in response to the need for an ongoing evaluation and interpretation of the changes in national and international affairs by serious international, regional, and national analysts. It was also aimed at responding to the need to provide academicians a venue for research to enrich teaching and to provide inputs to policy making.
It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an independent, non-stock, non-profit professional research and training organization in January 1992.
The Institute for Strategic and Development Studies, Inc. (ISDS) aims to contribute to international and regional peace and cooperation, and human well-being through cooperative research and advocacy, discussion, publication, and training activities. Its approach is to identify and mobilize specialists in the fields of international relations, policy studies, and countryside development, who will generate a range of options in the formulation of international, regional, national, and local policies.
The Institute maintains a Council of Fellows with interests in different disciplines and representing various sectors. Apart from academicians, the Council is composed of ambassadors, Foreign Service officers, businessmen, and individuals who have stood out in the public, private, and "people" sectors for their expertise or their vision.
ISDS is headed by Carolina G. Hernandez, Ph.D., President. Its core programs are the Strategic and Security Studies Program, the Regional and International Studies Program, and the National Development and Local Governance Program. Each one is managed by a Program Director.
The Institute maintains a network of linkages with international, regional, national and local organizations, notably the ASEAN Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ASEAN ISIS), the Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE), the Pacific Forum-CSIS, the Council for Asia-Europe Cooperation (CAEC), the York Centre for International and Security Studies (YCISS), the Institute for National Policy Research (INPR), the Partnership for Democratic, Governance and Security (PDGS), the Research Forum on Local Governance (RF) as well as the Technical Working Committee on Amending the Local Government Code.
ISDS is also the national secretariat of the Philippine member committee of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP Philippines); a partner institution of the Canadian Consortium on Asia-Pacific Security (CANCAPS); and the Joint Center for Asian Pacific Studies (JCAPS) of the University of Toronto and York University.
The research outputs of the Institute are disseminated through a variety of local, regional, and international activities and publications such as roundtables, monographs, and books. The Institute considers roundtables a crucial technique for generating information and insights from informed sources, and for wider and immediate dissemination of results. The other outputs are a set of flexible occasional and appropriate modes of disseminating individual and collective research. Altogether, these outputs comprise the platform for the Institute's efforts at policy advocacy at the local, national, regional, and international levels.
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