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Renato Cruz De Castro

Renato Cruz De Castro is a distinguished professor at the International Studies Department, De La Salle University, Manila, and holds the Dr. Aurelio Calderon Chair in Philippine-American Relations. He was a visiting fellow at the National Institute for Defence Studies of the Japanese Ministry of Defence in the summer of 2018, and was based at the Japan Institute of International Affairs from June to August 2017 as a visiting researcher. From September to December 2016, he was based at the East-West Center in Washington as the US-ASEAN Fulbright Initiative Researcher from the Philippines. He is also an alumnus of the Daniel Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii. In 2009, he became the US State Department ASEAN Research Fellow from the Philippines and was based in the Political Science Department at Arizona State University.

Professor De Castro served as a consultant to the National Security Adviser of the National Security Council during the Aquino Administration (2010-2016). He conducts several professional courses on International Relations, Strategic and Security Studies in the National Defense College, Special Intelligence Training School of the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, General Staff College of the Philippines, and the Foreign Service Institute.

As a member of the Board of Trustees of the Albert Del Rosario Institute of Strategic and International Studies, he writes monthly opinion columns for the Philippine Star and Business World. He has also written over 100 articles on international relations and security for scholarly journals and edited works in the Philippines and 11 other countries. In 2019, the Board of Trustees of the Philippine Political Science Association announced that Professor De Castro is the most prolific political scientist in terms of scholarly publications, and one of the top 10 Filipino political scientists in terms of citations.