Edcel John A. Ibarra

Edcel John A. Ibarra, MIS

Assistant Professor

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Edcel John A. Ibarra is an assistant professor of political science at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman. He previously taught in the University of the Philippines Manila (2022) and worked as a Foreign Affairs Research Specialist (2016 to 2022) and officer-in-charge of the Strategic, Territorial, and Maritime Issues Section (2021 to 2022) at the Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies, Foreign Service Institute—the in-house foreign policy think tank of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Philippines. He has written policy inputs, general audience articles, and academic articles on Philippine territorial and maritime concerns, including the South China Sea disputes. In 2021, he became Young Leader and US-Philippines Alliance Next-Generation Leader at the Pacific Forum in Honolulu, Hawaii. His research interests include Philippine foreign policy, territorial and maritime disputes, maritime security and ocean governance, and regional security. He obtained his master’s degree in international studies and bachelor’s degree in political science (magna cum laude) from the University of the Philippines Diliman.


  • Master in International Studies, University of the Philippines Diliman, 2022
  • Bachelor of Arts (Political Science), magna cum laude, University of the Philippines Diliman, 2015

Research Interests

Philippine foreign policy; territorial and maritime disputes; South China Sea; maritime security and ocean governance; regional security

Recent Publications



  • Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies. (2017). The Philippine Rise: Fast facts. Foreign Service Institute. http://www.philchm.ph/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/The-Philippine-Rise-Fast-Facts.pdf
  • Department of Foreign Affairs. (2017). Seminar on the implementation of the 2002 Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea: Papers and proceedings. Foreign Service Institute.
  • Foreign Service Institute. (2017). The South China Sea reader: Papers and proceedings of the 2016 Manila Conference on the South China Sea: Managing tensions, revisiting regional efforts, and fostering cooperation.

Courses Taught

  • Political Science 121: Society and Politics
  • Political Science 181: Philippine Foreign Policy
  • Social Science 2: Social, Economic, and Political Thought