The Stable Seas program is saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Aileen Baviera, the Director of the Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation. Dr. Baviera passed away on March 21, 2020 due to complications with pneumonia resulting from COVID-19.
As one of the Philippines’ foremost experts on contemporary China studies and international relations, specializing in China-Philippines and China-Southeast Asia relations, Dr. Baviera was one of Stable Seas' most important partners. In her capacity as the Director and Founding President of Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress, she worked closely with Stable Seas to convert the Stable Seas: Sulu and Celebes Seas report into something that would become a foundation for direct policy engagement. Through her leadership, Stable Seas and Pathways facilitated focused maritime security workshops that brought Philippine policymakers together to discuss blindspots in that country's maritime enforcement policies, blindspots which created opportunities for violent non-state actors like Abu Sayyaf.
In addition to her leadership role with Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress, Dr. Baviera was also a Professor and former Dean of the University of the Philippines Asian Center (2003 to 2009), the Editor-in-Chief of Asian Politics and Policy, and former Chief of the Foreign Service Institute’s Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies. She held a Bachelor of Science degree in Foreign Service, a master’s degree in Asian Studies (China), and a doctorate degree in political science all from the University of the Philippines.
The Stable Seas team expresses our condolences to Dr. Baviera’s family, friends and the international community during this tremendous loss.