Aries A. Arugay, PhD
Professor of Political Science

Office: Silangang Palma
Trunkline: (63 2) 8981 8500 local 2380
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Aries A. Arugay joined the Department of Political Science in 2001 as a Teaching Associate. He became a regular faculty member in 2004. He is currently Professor of Political Science and Co-convenor of the Strategic Studies Program of the Center for Integrative and Development Studies at the University of the Philippines in Diliman (UP). He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on comparative politics, international relations, research methodology, and political thought. He currently holds an ASEAN@50 Fellowship of the New Zealand’s Southeast Asia Centre of Asia-Pacific Excellence and the One UP Professorial Chair in Comparative Democratization. He is also a Research Fellow of the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress, Inc.

He was previously a visiting fellow at the Institute of Security and International Studies (Thailand), Department of Government and International Relations-University of Sydney, Jeju Peace Institute (South Korea), and the National Institute of Defense Studies (Japan). He currently serves as Senior Editor of Asian Politics & Policy and Associate Editor of the Philippine Political Science Journal. His current research projects are on political polarization, regional civil society, performative populism, and regime instability in democratic regimes. He has published in the American Behavioral Scientist, Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Journal of Peacebuilding & Development, Philippine Political Science Journal, Philippine Sociological Journal, and Thammasat Review and wrote several book chapters published by international publishers such as Routledge and Palgrave.

He regularly conducts lectures at and handles course modules for the National Defense College of the Philippines, the Philippine Public Safety College, the Foreign Service Institute, and the Development Academy of the Philippines.

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, Japan Times, 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. His current research projects are on political polarization, regional civil society, performative populism, and regime instability in democratic regimes.

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science, Georgia State University, 2014
  • Master of Arts in Political Science, University of the Philippines-Diliman, 2004
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (cum laude) , University of the Philippines-Diliman, 2000
Research Interests

Comparative democratization; civil-military relations; international relations of the Asia-Pacific; contentious politics; security sector governance

Courses Taught
  • Political Science 11: Introduction to Political Science
  • Political Science 14: Philippine Government and Politics
  • Political Science 143: Readings in Comparative Politics
  • Political Science 157: Special Topics in Philippine Government and Politics (Philippine Democratization)
  • Political Science 160: Society, Government, and Politics
  • Political Science 162: Politics of Change
  • Political Science 130/170: Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • Political Science 177: Special Topics in Comparative Government and Politics (Comparative Democratization)
  • Political Science 180: Introduction to International Relations
  • Political Science 199: Research in Political Science
  • Social Science 2: Social, Economic, and Political Thought
  • International Studies 290: Theories of International Relations
  • Political Science 270: Comparative Politics
  • Political Science 271: Latin American Politics
  • Political Science 299: Research in Political Science
  • Political Science 320: Special Problems on Comparative Government and Politics (Democratic Erosion)
Recent Publications

Journal Articles:

Aries A. Arugay and Dan Slater. “Polarization Without Poles: Machiavellian Conflicts and the Philippines’ Lost Decade of Democracy, 2000–2010.” The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, 681:1 (2019), 122-136.

Dan Slater and Aries A. Arugay. “Polarizing Figures: Executive Power and Institutional Conflict in Asian Democracies.” American Behavioral Scientist 62:1 (2018), 92-106.

Aries A. Arugay. “Saviors or Spoilers? Explaining ‘Civil Society Coups’ among Democratizing Regimes.” Thammasat Review 16 (2013), 161–80.

Aries A. Arugay. “Linking Security Sector Reform to Peacebuilding and Development in the Philippines: A Best Practice Case.” Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 4:2 (2008), 100–5.

Book Chapters:

Aries A. Arugay and Aim Sinpeng. “Varieties of Authoritarianism and the Limits of Democracy in Southeast Asia,” In Mark Beeson and Alice Ba (eds.) Contemporary Southeast Asia, 3rd ed. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018, pp. 91-110.

Aries A, Arugay. “The Philippines in 2016: The Electoral Earthquake and Its Aftershocks,” In Daljit Singh and Malcolm Cook (eds.) Southeast Asia Affairs 2017. Singapore: ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, 2017, pp. 277-296.

Aries A. Arugay “Credibility and Cohesion: Institution-Building for an ASEAN of the 21st Century”, In Mari Elka Pangestu and Rastam Mohd Isa (eds.) ASEAN FutureForward: Anticipating the Next 50 Years. Kuala Lumpur: Institute of Strategic and International Studies, 2017, pp. 125-135.

Aries A. Arugay. “SSR 2.0 in the Philippines: The Legislature’s Role in Upgrading Security Sector Governance”, In Mario J. Aguja and Hans Born (eds.) Good Governance of the Security Sector in Southeast Asia: What Role for Parliament? Geneva: Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces, 2016, pp. 55-65.

Robert J. Bresler, Svitlana Krasynska, Alexei Pikulik, Aries A. Arugay 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.

Aries A. Arugay. “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. (Co-authored with Aim Sinpeng)

Aries A. Arugay. “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.

Aries A. Arugay. “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.