Maria Thaemar Camañag Tana, PhD
Associate Professor of International Relations
Graduate Program Coordinator

Office: Room 3XX, Bulwagang Silangang Palma
Trunkline: (63 2) 981 8500 local 23XX
Links: LinkedIn | Research Gate

Dr Maria Thaemar Camañag Tana is an Associate Professor of International Relations at the Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman. Her research focuses on Japanese foreign policy, Philippine external relations, human security, and peacebuilding. She obtained her Ph.D. at the National University of Singapore in 2019. Before joining UP, Dr. Tana was a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the Department of Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore, and a lecturer at the International Studies Department, De La Salle University, where she also obtained her master’s degree in International Studies.


Doctor of Philosophy in Japanese Studies, National University of Singapore, 2019
Master of Arts in International Studies, De La Salle University, 2011

Research Interests

International Relations
Japan Studies
Foreign Policy
Human Security
Peace and Conflict Studies

Courses Taught

IS 203: The Geographical Context of International Affairs
IS 263: International Peace and Security
IS 290: Theories of International Relations
POLSC 183: International Organizations
SOCSCI 2: Social, Political, and Economic Thought

Recent Publications

The Philippines in 2021: Duterte’s Limited Achievements and Unkept Promises, Philippine Political Science Review 43(1), 1-27. DOI: 10.1163/2165025X-bja10031

Changes and Continuities in Japan’s Peacebuilding in Mindanao. Philippine Strategic Forum, January 10, 2022.

Europe in Southeast Asia: Maritime Security Aspects. Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, Inc., January 5, 2022.

Continuity or Change?: Prospects for Japan’s Mindanao Peacebuilding Strategy, Asian International Studies Review 22(2), 143-170. DOI: 10.1163/2667078X-bja10007

Aid, Peacebuilding, and Human Security: Japan’s Engagement in South Sudan, 2011-2017, Journal of Peacebuilding and Development 16(3), 289-302. DOI: 10.1177/15423166211014811

Japan’s Foreign Relations with the Philippines: A Case of Evolving Japan in Asia (co-authored with Dr. Yusuke Takagi, National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies [GRIPS]). In James D. J. Brown and Jeff Kingston, Eds., Japan’s Foreign Relations in Asia, New York: Routledge, 2018. ISBN-13: 978-1138055445 ISBN-10: 1138055441

Japan’s Human Security: New Pressures, New Responses, East Asian Policy, Vol. 07, No. 88, 2015.
Print ISSN: 1793-9305 Online ISSN: 2251-3175

Responsibility to Protect in Southeast Asia and the Role of Civil Society Organisations as Norm Entrepreneurs, Asia-Pacific Social Science Review, Vol. 13, No. 1, 2013. Print ISSN: 0119-8386

The Security Predicament of a New State: Philippine Policy Toward Japan, 19461956, Philippine Political Science Journal, Vol. 33, Issue 2, 2012. Print ISSN: 0115-4451 Online ISSN: 2165-025X URL: