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Philippine Security in the Age of Terror

National, Regional, and Global Challenges in the Post-9/11 World, 1st Edition

By Rommel Banlaoi

Auerbach Publications

376 pages | 17 B/W Illus.

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As the twelfth most populous nation, the Philippines’ diverse religious and ethnic population makes it an ideal example of the changing tenet of what is deemed national security—post 9/11. Issues previously considered social or public are now viewed as security issues. Food production is now analyzed in the context of food security and environmental degradation is now a part of environmental security. This broadened perspective is not unique to the Philippines, but—thanks to the island nation’s long struggle with issues of Muslim radicalism, democracy, and globalization—it serves as a model worth studying. And no one is better positioned to take on this study than Rommel C. Banlaoi, Chairman and Executive Director of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence, and Terrorism Research.

In Philippine Security in the Age of Terror: National, Regional, and Global Challenges in the Post-9/11 World, Banlaoi illustrates the increasing complexity of the issues. Divided into three sections, the book explores why a nation’s security can no longer be just about its military or only about what is happening within its borders.

  • Section I reviews issues specific to the Philippine people, including politics, national identity, globalization, and local and military security.
  • Section II moves to bilateral security issues to report on security interests and collaborations with the United States, China, and Australia—as well as with India, Japan, and Russia.
  • Section III examines selected global, regional, and multilateral issues such as maritime security, piracy, and the ASEAN Regional Forum.

The comprehensive approach and coverage within the book reflects the author’s diverse interests as a scholar of politics, security, terrorism, and international relations. More importantly, it documents an intellectual journey that national policymakers across the world need to consider if they hope to achieve the shift in thinking that will promote the well-being of the world’s populations as the strategic centerpiece of any war on terrorism.


Clearly, Banlaoi is well-versed in Philippine security issues as evidenced by his description of the internal security challenges of the Philippines and institutional framework that has been established to deal with them. The extensively footnoted chapters on radical Muslim terrorism and local government responses to terrorist threats provide detailed descriptions of various Mindanao-based terrorist/insurgency groups and the government's strategy for dealing with them. … a useful starting point for developing a more rigorous analysis of the securitization process in the Philippines … .

Contemporary Southeast Asia, Vol. 32, No. 2, August 2010

Table of Contents


Identity Politics and Philippine National Security in the Age of Terror

Globalization and Nation-Building in the Philippines: State Predicaments in Managing Society in the Midst of Diversity after 9/11

"Radical Muslim Terrorism" in the Philippines

Local Government Response against Terrorist Threats in the Philippines: Issues and Prospects

The Military and Democracy in the Philippines in the Age of Terror: Towards a Democratic Control of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Security Sector Governance in the Philippines: A Policy Challenge in the Age of Terrorism

Philippine Elections and National Security after 9/11: Thinking Outside the Ballot Box?


The Role of Philippine-American Relations in the Global Campaign against Terrorism: Implications for Regional Security

Philippines-China Defense and Military Cooperation: Problems and Prospects in the Post-9/11 Era

Broadening Philippine-Australia Defense Relations in the Post 9/11 Era: Issues and Prospects


Global Security Issues and Concerns after 9/11: Threats and Opportunities for the Philippines

Maritime Security Outlook for Southeast Asia in the Post 9/11 Era

Non-Traditional Security Issues in Southeast Asian

Maritime Domain: Implications for the Indian Ocean

The ASEAN Regional Forum and Security Community Building in the Asia Pacific after 9/11: Lessons from European Integration

Security Cooperation and Conflict in Southeast Asia after 9/11: Constructivism, the ASEAN Way and the War on Terrorism

The Philippines and ASEAN at 40: Achievements, Challenges and Prospects in Regional Security Cooperation

About the Author

Rommel Banlaoi is the Chairman of the Board and Executive Director of the Philippine Institute for Peace, Violence and Terrorism Research and Head of its Center for Intelligence and National Security Studies. He is also currently a Senior Fellow at the Yuchengco Center of De La Salle University, Manila where he heads its Regional Security and Foreign Relations program.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Affairs & Administration
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology