A Conversation with H.E. Jose Manuel Romualdez
Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the US, moderated by Derek Grossman

H.E. Jose Manuel Romualdez

Ambassador of the Philippines to the US

Prof. Derek Grossman (Moderator)

Sr. Defense Analyst, RAND

November 17, 2020 11:00 AM    Webinar

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Join us on Tuesday, November 17th for a livestream with Ambassador Jose Manuel Romualdez of the Philippines, moderated by Senior Defense Analyst Derek Grossman. Their conversation will highlight the importance of the Philippine-U.S. alliance and what this means in the context of shared security and economic interests; focusing on areas such as military modernization, the COVID-19 pandemic, relations with China, and the significant contributions of the Filipino-American community in the United States.

H.E. Jose Manuel “Babe” del Gallego Romualdez was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of the Philippines to the United States of America in July 2017 by President Rodrigo Roa Duterte. On the 29th of November 2017 he was credentialed by U.S. President Donald J. Trump and formally assumed office as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary. Additionally, as the head of the Philippine Embassy in Washington, DC, Ambassador Romualdez is concurrently the Philippines’ emissary to the Commonwealth of Jamaica; Republic of Haiti; Republic of Trinidad and Tobago; Antigua and Barbuda; Bahamas; Barbados; Dominica; Saint Kitts and Nevis; Saint Vincent and the Grenadines; and Saint Lucia. Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Romualdez was designated as a special envoy of the Philippine President to the United States. Formerly the CEO of Stargate Media Corporation and Publisher of People Asia Magazine (The Philippine Star affiliate), he continues to write columns for The Philippine Star. He was president of the Manila Overseas Press Club and Vice President of Rotary Club of Manila.

Derek Grossman (Moderator) is a senior defense analyst at RAND focused on a range of national security policy and Indo-Pacific security issues. He is particularly interested in China's relationships with Taiwan, Vietnam, Japan, India, Pakistan, the Pacific Islands, and the Koreas. Grossman served over a decade in the Intelligence Community (IC), where he served as the daily intelligence briefer to the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), and to the assistant secretary of defense for Asian & Pacific Security Affairs. Prior to DIA, Grossman served at the National Security Agency (NSA). He also worked at the CIA on the President's Daily Brief staff. 

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