Aries A. Arugay, PhD
Associate Professor
Aries A. Arugay joined the Department of Political Science in 2004. He has conducted research on comparative democratization, electoral politics, civil-military relations, contentious politics, security sector reform, and international relations of the Asia-Pacific. He was a visiting fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies (ISIS Thailand), Carter Center (Caracas, Venezuela), Centro de Estudios Superiores Universitarios-Universidad Mayor de San Simón (CESU-UMSS, Bolivia), Department of Government and International Relations- University of Sydney, the Jeju Peace Institute (South Korea), and the National Institute for Defense Studies-Japan Ministry of Defense. He is also Senior Editor of Asian Politics & Policy and Associate Editor of Voluntaristics Review and the Philippine Political Science Journal. He was selected as a Young Southeast Asian Fellow in 2015 by the US-based Southeast Asia Research Group and was awarded as the International Student of the Year in 2012 by Georgia State University. His analyses of Philippine politics and regional affairs have been featured in domestic and foreign media such as ABS-CBN, BBC, GMA, TV5, Al Jazeera, The Washington Post, ABC Australia, National Public Radio, Radio France Internationale, Libération, La Nación, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, Rappler, Reuters, South China Morning Post, and Straits Times among others. He obtained his PhD in Political Science from Georgia State University as a Fulbright Scholar and his MA and BA (cum laude) in Political Science from the University of the Philippines-Diliman.
  • PhD (Political Science), Georgia State University, USA, 2014
  • MA (Political Science), University of the Philippine, Diliman, 2004
  • BA (Political Science), University of the Philippines, Diliman, 2000
Research Interests
  • Comparative Democratization
  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Contentious Politics
  • Civil Society and Social Movements
  • Foreign and Security Policy
  • Security Sector Reform
Courses Handled
  • Social Science II: Social, Economic, and Political Thought
  • Political Science 11: Introduction to Political Science
  • Political Science 14: Philippine Government and Politics
  • Political Science 130: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Political Science 139: Politics of Change
  • Political Science 180: Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Science 199: Research Design in Political Science
  • Political Science 271: Latin American Politics
  • International Studies 290: Theories of International Relations
Recent Publications
  • “SSR 2.0 in the Philippines: The Legislature’s Role in Upgrading Security Sector Governance”, In Mario J. Aguja and Hans Born (ed.) Good Governance of the Security Sector in Southeast Asia: What Role for Parliament? Geneva: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, pp. 55-65.
  • (Co-authored with Robert J. Bresler, Svitlana Krasynska, Alexei Pikulik and David H. Smith) “Civil Liberties and Freedoms as Association Contexts”, In David H. Smith, Robert A. Stebbins and Jurgen Grotz, eds. The Palgrave Handbook of Volunteering, Civic Participation, and Nonprofit Associations. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2016.
  • (Co-authored with Aim Sinpeng) “The Middle Class and Democracy in Southeast Asia,” In William Case (ed.).The Routledge Handbook of Southeast Asian Democratization. London: Routledge, 2015, pp. 102-116.
  • “Saviors or Spoilers? Explaining ‘Civil Society Coups’ among Democratizing Regimes.” Thammasat Review 16 (2013), pp. 161–80.
  • “From State to Human Security: Implications for Security Sector Reform in the Philippines.” In Chantana Banparasichote, Philippe Doneys, Mike Hayes, and Chandan Sengupta (eds.), Mainstreaming Human Security: Asia Perspectives. Bangkok: Chulalongkorn University, 2012, pp. 30–44.
  • “The Philippine Military: Still Politicized and Increasingly Autonomous.” In Marcus Mietzner (ed.), The Political Resurgence of the Military in Southeast Asia: Conflict and Leadership. London: Routledge, 2011, pp. 85–106.
  • “Linking Security Sector Reform to Peacebuilding and Development in the Philippines: A Best Practice Case.” Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 4:2 (2008), pp. 100–5.