Monday, April 14, 2014

Cartography and Psychological Warfare: China and the South China Sea

Cartography and Psychological Warfare: China and the South China Sea
25 April 2014 (Friday), 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Seminar Room, Hall of Wisdom, GT-Toyota Asian Cultural Center,
Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman

Bill Hayton, a British journalist from the British Broadcasting Company (BBC), will look at how Chinese cartography has shaped Beijing’s claims on the South China Sea; in his second lecture, he will examine how Chinese media employ ‘psychological warfare’ strategies vis-à-vis Philippines and the United States.

Lecture 1: The Origins of China's South China Sea Claim 
(10:00 AM - 12:00 NN)

Broadly describes the story of how, between 1909 and 1947, the U-shaped line came into being and was drawn and redrawn by different cartographers; how translation errors from British maps created misunderstandings; how the Beijing government didn’t know where the Spratlys were in 1933; and how the ‘Nansha' moved around the sea.

Lecture 2: The Power of ‘Enemy Work’
(2:00 - 4:00 PM)

Illustrates how Beijing is making use of deliberate psychological warfare strategies towards the Philippines and the US through the use of ‘hawks’ in the media. This paper will show how these hawks are directly connected to military propaganda departments and ponder on what role they play in China’s overall strategy towards the South China Sea.

Bill Hayton has been with the BBC since 1998. The author of South China Sea: Dangerous Ground (2014, forthcoming) and Vietnam: Rising Dragon (2010), he has reported on the Middle East, and Central and Eastern Europe. Mr. Hayton has also been a trainer and a media consultant for various news organizations in Myanmar, Georgia, and Vietnam. He maintains a website at

Please confirm your attendance by filling out this form or by emailing Janus or Kat at You may also call 981-8500 local 3586. Kindly note that registering does not entail a seat reservation; seats are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Lunch will not be served. For directions to the Asian Center, please view a vicinity map here.

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Internship Opportunity at TWSC

The Third World Studies Center (TWSC) welcomes applicants to its Volunteer-Internship Program (VIP). The TWSC VIP is designed for social science undergraduate, graduate, and foreign exchange students of the University of the Philippines with particular interest in critical political economy, democratization, and political culture. The program provides an opportunity for volunteers-interns to assist in and learn from the various research, publications, and training projects and activities of the Center. It is a non-salaried program and does not guarantee future employment in the organization.

The TWSC only selects four volunteer-interns. Applicants must at least:

  • be 18 years old,
  • have junior status and be enrolled in the University of the Philippines at the time of application,
  • be in good academic standing,
  • have good writing skills (English),
  • have a background in technical writing and research methodologies, and
  • be able to complete specific assignments on deadlines.

Preference will be given to students who require internship credits, and/or whose academic work (thesis, etc.) relates with any of the TWSC’s research focus. TWSC encourages long-term internship work, and will give preference to applicants who can stay with the Center for a minimum period of three months and can work for at least 50 hours a month.

Application Process
To apply, please send the following:
  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae,
  • a true copy of grades for all previous semesters (or a printout of grades from CRS), and
  • an application letter addressed

Dr. Ricardo T. Jose
Third World Studies Center
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
Palma Hall Basement
University of the Philippines
Diliman 1101 Quezon City

Submit requirements to Emerald O. Flaviano at the Third World Studies Center via email (

Monday, March 24, 2014

BOOK LAUNCH: Comparative Politics and Government: (Re)Democratization and Development

Comparative Politics and Government: (Re)Democratization and Development, a book edited by Dr. Perlita Frago-Marasigan and Dr. Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem, will be among the nine new titles to be launched by the University of the Philippines Press on 4 April 2014 at the West Wing Gallery of Vargas Museum.


This volume on comparative politics and government . . . seeks to elaborate and supplement analytical tools and frameworks in which developing countries could be compared. Of major concern is to be able to use this in understanding what have been the problems in the process of development and democratization of developing regions.  The articles also seek to provide a basis by which the reader could also critically examine the views presented by the different authors and note their relevance or irrelevance in comprehending similar situations as experiences in developing societies.  This will also hopefully inspire alternative conceptual tools and paradigms in examining factors that facilitate as well as hinder the pursuit of development and democracy. 

The articles selected for this volume . . . seek to assist students and scholars of comparative politics towards these objectives. It will do so by relating these to the general theme of this volume, which is concerned with the issues of (re)democratization and development.  This comes in light of the period of democratic transitions in Third World countries, which has fascinated comparativists the world over. As the 1980s ended, most of the studies comparing politics and governments revolved around issues of authoritarian regime collapse, democratic transitions, and redemocratization in postcolonial countries.  These events were perceived not only as a chance to build, rebuild and/or, strengthen democracy in these societies, but were also viewed as an opportunity to establish the infrastructures needed for development to occur in the Third World.   Nine articles were selected in this volume to highlight the range of phenomena and research topics that stem from the democratization and development project that took almost twenty-five years to construct.  Not only do these chapters represent the series of events that transpired over the years, but they also reflect relevant themes that usually surface in the study of comparative politics and government. The countries selected for the different cases studied are not only representative but may also be considered as critical cases. These articles show how comparing countries, together with their politics and governments, may be done in various systematic ways.

—Perlita M. Frago-Marasigan and Teresa S. Encarnacion Tadem, “Introduction.” Comparative Politics and Government


Thursday, February 06, 2014

"Ethnic Conflict and Myanmar's Problematic Democratization," a Public Forum

Ethnic Conflict and Myanmar’s Problematic Democratization
Lecturer: Lahpai Seng Raw

17 February 2014 (Monday), 10:00 AM – 12:00 NN, 
Claro M. Recto Conference Hall, Faculty Center (Rizal Hall)
College of Arts and Letters, University of the Philippines-Diliman

Click here for the audiovisual recordings of the public forum.

9:30 – 10:00

10:00 – 10:10
Ronald S. Banzon, PhD
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
University of the Philippines-Diliman

10:10 – 10:20
Ricardo T. Jose, PhD
Third World Studies Center
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

10:20 – 10:30

10:30 – 10:50
Lahpai Seng Raw
Metta Development Foundation and
2013 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee

10:50 – 11:05
Miriam Coronel-Ferrer
Chair, GPH Panel, MILF Peace Table
Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and
Professor, Department of Political Science
College of Social Sciences and Philosophy
University of the Philippines-Diliman

11:05 – 11:50

11:50 – 12:00

Eduardo C. Tadem, PhD
Asian Center
University of the Philippines-Diliman

This public forum is part of the 2014 UP ASEAN Lecture Series on Democracy and Peace in Myanmar entitled, "Ethnic Conflict and Myanmar's Problematic Democratization" featuring Daw Lahpai Seng Raw, a 2013 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee and founder of the Metta Development Foundation, a Myanmar non-governmental organization which has helped communities in Myanmar affected by conflicts between the government and ethnic armed groups. The forum will provide a venue for a general discussion of the ongoing ethnic conflicts in Myanmar. Its target audience will be composed of diverse students, faculty, and civil society groups. It aims to answer the following questions:
  • How have the Myanmar government and the country’s ethnic minority groups engaged with each other? What is the nature of their relationship? Has their relationship improved over the years?
  • How do civil society groups, particularly those concerned with issues regarding Myanmar’s different ethnic minorities, regard the government’s efforts to democratize?
  • How does the issue of ethnicity figure into the struggle by civil society for greater democratic representation in Myanmar?
  • What are the conditions of communities of ethnic minority groups in conflict areas? How have the national government, the independence organizations, and nongovernment organizations helped these affected communities?
  • How was the Metta Development Foundation (MDF) formed? What are the functions of the MDF? What is the nature of their engagement with affected ethnic minority communities in these conflict areas?
  • What is the relationship between the MDF and government institutions? How does the MDF coordinate peace initiatives with other nongovernment organizations operating in conflict areas in Myanmar?
  • How do the MDF and the independence organizations of the States view each other? How does the MDF look at the armed groups’ violent strategy demanding greater autonomy for ethnic minority groups?
  • Has the MDF been successful in its endeavour to help ethnic minority communities affected by the long-standing ethnic conflict? Why so?

For more information about the 2014 UP ASEAN Lecture Series and its composite activities, please click here.

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

TWSC Admin Staff Ireneo "Erning" F. Francisco is the Natatanging Kawani sa 2014 Gawad Chanselor

Buong pagmamalaking binabati ng mga kasama sa Third World Studies Center si Ireneo "Erning" F. Francisco sa kanyang pagkakahirang bilang Natatanging Kawani sa 2014 Gawad Chanselor. Ang karangalang ito higit na nagbigay saysay at kulay sa ikatatlumpu't pitong anibersaryo ng pagkakatatag ng Third World Studies Center na ipinagdiriwang rin ng Sentro ngayong araw.

Ilang mga kuha mula sa paggawad kay Kuya Erning ng Gawad Chanselor sa isang pagdiriwang na ginanap noong ika-21 ng Pebrero 2014, sa Awditoryum ng Bulwagang Malcolm, UP Diliman:

Pinarangalan din si Kuya Erning, kasama si Dr. Perlita M. Frago-Marasigan, Deputy Director ng TWSC, sa Parangal sa KAPPamilya na ginanap noong ika-28 ng Pebrero 2014 sa Audiovisual Room ng Kolehiyo ng Agham Panlipunan at Pilosopiya, UP Diliman: