Alumni Fellow

Dr Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby


Käte Hamburger Kolleg / Centre for Global Cooperation Research
Schifferstraße 44
47059 Duisburg

Tel: +49 (0)203 379-5230
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E-mail: misalucha-willoughby@spam


Dr Charmaine Misalucha-Willoughby conducted her research as a Fellow within the framework of the joint fellowship programme 'Trans-border Cooperation in East Asia at the Regional/Global Interface' of the Institute of East-Asian Studies (IN-EAST) and the Käte Hamburger Kolleg/Centre for Global Cooperation Research from September 2017 to January 2018.

Research Project at the Centre

How to Change the Game of Security Cooperation: The Case of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership

Strategic partnerships are a new way of 'doing' international relations, but more enhancements and customizations are needed to address maritime security issues. In order to keep the ASEAN-China strategic partnership on track, four factors need to be reexamined. First, since the maritime domain in Southeast Asia is highly politicized, what confidence-building measures must be tapped in order to de-securitize the issue? Second, with the multiplicity of regionalisms in East and Southeast Asia, which frameworks will best serve the purposes of ASEAN and China? Third, considering that the quality of the US-China relationship forms the crux of these two powers’ behavior and policies towards Asia, what improvements can be made on their relations? Finally, what new forms of security governance emerge from the understanding that strategic partnerships are a novel security practice?

Combined, these four factors can boost the quality of the ASEAN-China strategic partnership and make it more able to deal with maritime issues in the region. Confidence-building measures and various multilateral frameworks may be seen as modes of intra-regional security cooperation. The US-China relationship is likewise pertinent in calculations about East and Southeast Asia. How they behave towards each other, after all, colors the way they interact with the region. Therefore, this extra-regional mode of security cooperation may be the key factor in resolving the South China Sea disputes. Ultimately, the project investigates how the practice of conducting international relations via strategic partnerships leads to the emergence of new forms of security governance.

Research Interests

  • Theories of International Relations
  • Security Cooperation
  • Foreign Policy
  • Southeast Asia

Current Projects

  • Conflict and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Views from the Philippines
  • The Politics of Norm Diffusion in Asia


Since 09/2015 De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
International Studies Department
Associate Professor
09/2008-08/2015 De La Salle University
International Studies Department
Assistant Professor
07/2005-10/2009 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
PhD in International Relations
05/1998-12/2003 De La Salle University
International Studies Department
MA in International Studies


Misalucha-Willoughby, Charmaine G. (forthcoming 2017): Securing Philippine National Interests, in: National Security Review, National Defense College of the Philippines.

Misalucha-Willoughby, Charmaine G. (2017): The Role of the US' Quasi-Alliances in Asia: Shadow Puppetry or Hard Alliances?, in: Alan Chong (ed.): International Security in the Asia-Pacific: Transcending ASEAN Towards Transitional Polycentrism, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Misalucha, Charmaine G. / Amador III., Julio (2016): US-Philippine Security Ties: Building New Foundations?, in: Asian Politics and Policy 8 (1): 51–61.

Misalucha, Charmaine G. (2015): Strategic Communication: US-Philippines Relations and the American Rebalancing Strategy, in: William T. Tow and Douglas Stuart (eds.): The New US Strategy Towards Asia: Adapting to the American Pivot, New York: Routledge.

Misalucha, Charmaine G. (2014): The Language of Security in Philippines-US Relations, in: African and Asian Studies 13: 119–45.

Misalucha, Charmaine G. (2014): Locating Southeast Asia in Debates on the South China Sea, in: Murray Hiebert, Phuong Nguyen, and Gregory B. Poling (eds.): Perspectives on the South China Sea: Diplomatic, Legal, and Security Dimensions of the Dispute, New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 104–14.

Misalucha, Charmaine G. (2013): A Multiplicity of Regionalisms in Southeast Asia, in: International Studies Review 14 (2): 17–33.

Misalucha, Charmaine G. (2012): The Problem of Describing Relations Between the United States and Southeast Asian Nations: A Study of Political Language Games, Ceredigion, UK and Lewiston, New York: Edwin Mellen Press.

Misalucha, Charmaine G. (2011): Southeast Asia-US Relations: Hegemony or Hierarchy?, in: Contemporary Southeast Asia 33 (2): 209–28.

Teaching Responsibilities

  • MA courses at De La Salle University, Philippines: Security Cooperation, Theories of International Relations, Contemporary Issues in International Relations, The International Security of East Asia, International Organization, The Politics of European Integration
  • BA courses at De La Salle University, Philippines: Introduction to International Studies, Philippine Foreign Policy, International Organization, Research Methods, Security Cooperation, European Governments, Contemporary Issues in International Relations
  • Module on Security and Securitization at the Master in National Security Administration Programme of the National Defense College of the Philippines
  • Module on Global Governance and Multilateral Institutions at the Foreign Service Institute, Manila
  • Module on Global Governance and the United Nations at the Armed Forces of the Philippines Command and General Staff College

Expertise and Consulting Work

  • Co-Editor at Bandung: Journal of the Global South (Springer)
  • Consultant at the Foreign Service Institute, Manila

Reviewer for:

  • Philippine Journal of Development
  • Asia-Pacific Social Science Review
  • International Studies Quarterly
  • Journal for International and Global Studies
  • Philippine Political Science Journal

Seminars and Conferences

  • 'Regional Dynamics and the Mechanisms for Security Cooperation', organized by the Foreign Service Institute, Griffith University Asia Institute, and Yuchengco Center, July 2017, Manila, Philippines
  • 'Securitizing and De-securitizing the ASEAN Maritime Order', organized by the De La Salle University External Relations and Internationalization Office, June 2017, Manila
  • 'How to Create a Maritime Security Community', organized by the Philippine Navy in May 2017, Manila
  • 'Conflict and Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific: Views from the Philippines', organized by Thammasat University and the Institute for National Policy Research, Taiwan, September 2016, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 'Can the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership Change the Game in Security Cooperation?', organized by the Albert del Rosario Institute, July 2016, Manila
  • 'Security in IR, Security for IR', organized by the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO, May 2016, Manila


  • 2016–2017: Dr. Aurelio Calderon Chair in Philippine-American Relations (De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines)
  • 2015: Advanced Security Cooperation (ASC15-2) Fellowship (Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, USA)
  • 2014: Japanese Studies Fellowship at Osaka University, Japan (Japan Foundation)
  • 2013: US-ASEAN Fellowship at American University, Washington DC, USA (Fulbright Commission)
  • 2010–2011: Young Leaders Program at Pacific Forum CSIS

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