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International Studies in the Philippines

Mapping New Frontiers in Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Edited by Frances Antoinette Cruz, Nassef Manabilang Adiong


288 pages

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How can local experiences and the social transformation generated by modernity help to enrich our understanding of the international? What might a version of the much-discussed "non-Western International Relations (IR)" look like? What continuities and discontinuities from the Philippine experience in particular can be useful for understanding other post-colonial polities?

The Philippines makes a fascinating case study of a medium-sized, developing, post-colonial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural state in Southeast Asia. Cruz, Adiong and their contributors map horizons of non-Western approaches in Philippine experiences of IR, rooted in the Global South, and in local customs and practice. Examining both theory and praxis, they explore issues as diverse as pre-colonial history, diplomacy, religion, agrarian reform and the Philippines’ relationship with key regions in the Global South.

The book will appeal to researchers interested in Southeast Asian Studies and alternative perspectives on IR.

Table of Contents


List of contributors


1. Introduction (Frances Antoinette C. Cruz & Nassef Manabilang Adiong)

Part 1: Mapping Concepts

2. Butuan in the Pre-colonial Southeast Asian International System: Reconstructing International History from Text, Memory, and Artifacts (John Harvey Gamas)

3. José Rizal Attacks Imperialism Softly: Comprehending the Depths of Psychological Conversion and the Temptations of Violent Solutions (Alan Chong)

4. Constantino Revisited: The ‘Miseducation’ and Diplomacy of the Filipinos (Erickson D. Calata)

5. Publishing on the ‘International’ in the Philippines: A Lexicometric Inquiry (Frances Antoinette C. Cruz)

6. Internationalizing Pagdamay and Palakasan: A Philippine Perspective on Duterte Foreign Policy (Ricardo Roy A. Lopez)

7. Discursive Experiments in Vernacularizing International Studies in the Philippines (Adonis Elumbre)

Part 2: Mapping Practices

8. The Case of Agrarian Reforms in Philippine-USA Relations: A Biopolitical Perspective (Aliya Peleo)

9. Marginalization of Interests: The Case of Philippine-Middle East Relations (Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr.)

10. Political and Economic Perspectives on Diversification in Philippine-South America Relations (Florencia Rubiolo)

11. Religious Actors in the International Sphere: The Case of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines (John Raymon Jison & Yvan Ysmael Yonaha)

12. Religious Expertise, Public Theology and Philippine Regime Compliance (Brian U. Doce)

13. Securitization of the Global War on Terror and Counterterrorism Cooperation against the Abu Sayyaf Group (Patrick Dave Q. Bugarin)

14. Sexploitative Human Trafficking In, Out and Beyond the Philippines: A Liquid Problem in a Cosmopolar International System (Archill Niña Faller-Capistrano)

15. Conclusion: Small Statism and the Non-issue of IR in the Philippines (Amador IV Peleo)


About the Editors

Frances Antoinette Cruz is Assistant Professor of German at the College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines Diliman, and the co-convenor of the Decolonial Studies Program at the Center for Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS) at the same University. Her current research interest revolves around using text analytics to map conceptual changes in International Relations scholarship. She is President of the Philippine International Studies Organization and Vice President of the European Studies Association of the Philippines.

Nassef Manabilang Adiong is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Islamic Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman, and initiated the creation of the Decolonial Studies Program at the Center of Integrative and Development Studies (CIDS) at the same university. He is the founder of Co-IRIS (International Relations and Islamic Studies Research Cohort) and PHISO (Philippine International Studies Organization). See his full academic profile at

About the Series

International Relations in Southeast Asia

The series will publish works on theory, research and critical views on the state of theorizing, researching, studying and applying the concept of the ‘international’ in Southeast Asia by prominent, emerging and novice scholars. It highly welcomes works that forges a link between disciplinary IR’s theoretical richness and area study of Southeast Asia’s empirical application, e.g. field research. The series promotes an exploration of the emergence and hybridity of Southeast Asian theories, praxes, methods, and approaches to IR, including a survey of the richness of the very idea of the ‘international’ in terms of historical and recent flow of people, goods, and ideas contributing to the creation of regions and region-ness. In light of the development of alternate cosmologies and emergence of Asian IR, this series encourages interdisciplinarity and eclectic contributions from both scholars and practitioners to facilitate a holistic approach towards the study of IR in the region.

This is the flagship series of the Philippine International Studies Organization ( There are three categories or types of works that represent IR in the region and are offered by the series: (1) Theories and Methodologies, (2) Praxes and Applications, and (3) Thematic Issues and Trends. The first category includes works that explore, discover and innovate methods in attaining new theories or theoretical engagement with Western IR. The second type mostly concentrates on critical approaches to the academic structure of IR establishment in the region as well as studies on traditional and human security. The last, but not the least, is contemporary issues and trends affecting the whole region and its relatedness to other regional worlds. Book proposals may encompass a wide range of issues and themes, including but not limited to the following:

(1) Theories and Methodologies

  • Sociological IR
  • Philosophy and IR
  • Nationalism and IR
  • Methodological issues in IR
  • International Political Theory
  • Historicism and Behavioralism
  • Nationalist thinkers (Rizal et al)
  • End of IR theory (EJIR special)
  • Normative international thought
  • Rationality, reflexivity, or relationality
  • Contributions of the Humanities to IR
  • Relations between Area Studies and IR
  • Gap between Theory and Practice in IR
  • Regions, regionalization and regionalism
  • Indigenous theorizing; homegrown theorizing
  • Alternate ontologies and epistemologies of IR
  • Pre-modern, Modernity, or modern IR thoughts
  • Multiplexity; multiculturality; civilizational plurality
  • Historical, cultural, linguistic and visual turns in IR
  • Trust, morality, and ethics in International Relations
  • Positivist, non-positivist, or post-positivist approaches
  • Textuality, Spatiality, Temporality in theory and research
  • Colonial, neocolonial, postcolonial, or decolonial thinking
  • Western IR; post-Western IR; non-Western IR; Global IR
  • The religious-secular domains/binary of the 'international'
  • Ontological power (real politik); ontology of societal multiplicity
  • Borders, Frontier, Borderland, Borderlessness and Border Thinking
  • Feminism, Queer theory, Gender and Sexuality in IR in Southeast Asia
  • Disciplinary boundaries between International Relations and Political Science

(2) Praxes and Applications

  • Scholarship in IR
  • Development Studies in IR
  • Culture and the praxis of IR
  • Education and Pedagogy in IR
  • International Political Economy
  • Diplomacy and Foreign Service
  • International financial implications
  • Consular practices in Southeast Asia
  • International Law and legal implications
  • Relevant policy-making implications of IR
  • Configuration of IR Academia in Southeast Asia
  • Structural issues and gatekeeping in the discipline

(3) Thematic Issues and Trends

  • Religion and IR
  • Maritime piracy
  • Democratization
  • Migration and IR
  • Aesthetics and IR
  • Human trafficking
  • Global health in IR
  • Geography and IR
  • Development and IR
  • Politics of memory in IR
  • Water and food security
  • Peace, War, and Conflict
  • Authoritarianism and populism
  • Minorities and Substate Actors
  • Geopolitics and maritime disputes
  • Security and non-traditional Security
  • Radicalism, extremism and terrorism
  • Domestic and transnational civil society
  • Climate change and environment in IR
  • Small arms manufacturing and smuggling
  • Human rights challenges in Southeast Asia
  • Pre-modern faiths, modern religions and rituals in IR
  • International Organizations, Multinational Corporations and transnational actors


Please email your inquiries, short idea/concept note for new proposals, or full-blown book proposals to Dr. Nassef Manabilang Adiong, Chief Editor, [email protected], and include carbon copies to:

To download the correct type of book proposal form, click All book proposals must include the following:

  • The proposed title of the book.
  • A description of the book (between 400 and 700 words) that explains its rationale, scope, significance to the series, its relations to competing works, and notable contribution to existing scholarship.
  • A table of contents with chapter summaries.
  • Estimated word length for the whole book, its proposed completion date, and description of its target readership.
  • Optional: one or two sample chapters.
  • Complete curriculum vitae of the author(s).

Advisory/Editorial Board Members:

Adam Simpson, University of South Australia, Australia

Amitav Acharya, American University, USA

Amy L. Freedman, Columbia University, USA

Ann Marie Murphy, Seton Hall University, USA

Anthony Milner, Australian National University, Australia

Archill Niña Faller-Capistrano, University of San Carlos, Philippines

Catherine Goetze, University of Tasmania, Australia

Christopher K. Lamont, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Clarita R. Carlos, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Darryl S.L. Jarvis, The Education University of Hong Kong, China

David Shim, University of Groningen, the Netherlands

Erickson D. Calata, Polytechnic University of the Philippines

Frances Antoinette Cruz, University of the Philippines-Diliman

George Lawson, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK

Henelito A. Sevilla, Jr., University of the Philippines-Diliman

I Gede Wahyu Wicaksana, Airlangga University, Indonesia

James Ockey, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Jivanta Schoettli, National University of Singapore

John Harvey D. Gamas, Ateneo de Davao University, Philippines

Jonathan T. Chow, University of Macau, China

Jürgen Haacke, London School of Economics & Political Science, UK

K S Balakrishnan, University of Malaya, Malaysia

Kelly M. Kadera, University of Iowa, USA

Kerstin Steiner, La Trobe University, Australia

Kitti Prasirtsuk, Thammasat University, Thailand

Kosal Path, City University of New York, USA

Kumiko Haba, Aoyama Gakuin University, Japan

Mietek P. Boduszynski, Pomona College, USA

Narayanan Ganesan, Hiroshima City University, Japan

Pauline Eadie, University of Nottingham, UK

Pavin Chachavalpongpun, Kyoto University, Japan

Rikard Jalkebro, University of St. Andrews, UK

Salvador Santino F. Regilme Jr., University of Leiden, the Netherlands

Shine Choi, Massey University, New Zealand

Siew Mun Tang, ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore

Sorpong Peou, Ryerson University, Canada

Temario C. Rivera, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Titus C. Chen, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Yoon Hwan Shin, Sogang University, South Korea

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies