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Roland G. SimbulanROLAND G. SIMBULAN

Roland G. Simbulan is Professor 12 in Development Studies and Public Management at the University of the Philippines (U.P.), Manila, which awarded him the U.P. Centennial Professorial Chair during UP's 100th anniversary in 2008. He served as Chair of the Department of Social Sciences for six years, and coordinator of the UP's Manila Studies Research Program. . He served as Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development, UP Manila/PGH (2002-2005), and was elected Faculty Regent in the Board of Regents, the highest policy-making body in the U.P. System(2006-2007). Simbulan is a life-time member of PHI KAPPA PHI INTERNATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY, and the PI GAMMA MU Pi International Honor Society for excellence in the social sciences. As U.P. faculty member since 1982, he has been awarded several Professorial Chairs.

He has written nine books on Philippine-U.S. security relations, U.S. military bases in the Philippines, Philippine foreign policy, nuclear power in the Philippines, CIA Covert Operations in the Philippines and U.S. Intervention in the Philippines and the Asia-Pacific, including The Bases of our Insecurity: A Study of the U.S. Military Bases in the Philippines (1983, 1985, 1987); A Guide to Nuclear Philippines: U.S. Bases, Nuclear Weapons and What the Filipino People Can Do About These (1988); A Liberating Education for Filipinos: Critical Notes of an Insurgent Scholar (2019); Forging a Nationalist Foreign Policy: Essays on U.S. Military Presence and Challenges to Philippine Foreign Policy(2009). One of his books was translated into Nippongo and published in Japan in 2012 with the title, Firipin Minshu Vuisu Beigun Churyu(Tokyo: Gaifusha Publishing Co., 2012). He recently edited the book, NUCLEAR-FREE NATION: The Power of the People VS Nuclear Power in the Philippines (2021), which was reviewed extensively by the Philippine Daily Inquirer and the Business Mirror.

Simbulan was Chair of the Board of Directors of Ibon Foundation from 1988-2000 where is currently the Board Corporate Secretary, and Senior Research Fellow of its Institute of Political Economy. He is also President of the Philippine Anti-Imperialist Studies (PAIS) and currently Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of the  Center for Peoples Empowerment in Governance (CenPeg), a public policy think tank. Simbulan was also national chairman of the Nuclear Free Philippines Coalition (NFPC) which spearheaded the mass national campaign against the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant(BNPP) and the campaign against the U.S. bases and nuclear weapons on Philippine territory. He is editor in chief of Yonip.com, a peace and national sovereignty website. In 1995, he was awarded the Bayaning Pilipino Award by the ABS-CBN Foundation and the Ateneo's Ugat Foundation.

From 1987 to 1995, Simbulan served as senior consultant at the Philippine Senate on defense and foreign relations (1987-1995), where he helped design strategies and tactics for the historic Senate rejection of the bases treaty on Sept. 16, 1991 as well as the post-bases alternative development and bases conversion legislation of the Philippine government.


Current Research Interests

1. The U.S. Empire in Asia in the 21st Century.
2. Philippine-China Relations
3. International Solidarity with the Pre-War Labor Movement in the Philippines. 


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