Renato Cruz De Castro is a professor in the International Studies Department at De La Salle University, Manila, where he holds the Dr Aurelio Calderon Chair in Philippine-American Relations. He earned his PhD in 2001, as a Fulbright Scholar in the government and international studies department of the University of South Carolina. He has a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees from the University of the Philippines. As a member of the Board of Trustees of the Stratbase ADR Institute of Strategic and International Studies (ADRi), he writes opinion columns for the Business World and Philippine Star newspapers. His articles on international relations and security are regularly published in academic and think tank journals around the world. His research interests include Philippine-US security relations and Philippine defense and foreign policy.