The Philippine International Studies Organization (PHISO) is the pioneering professional organization dedicated to the promotion of International Relations (IR) as a field of study in the Philippines, as well as the interdisciplinary exchange of research and knowledge through workshops, conferences and collaborative publication projects aimed at furthering understanding about the concept of the ‘international’.

The mission and vision of PHISO encompasses goals for research and education. Firstly, besides providing a venue for the discussion of dominant approaches to IR such as realism, liberalism and constructivism, PHISO seeks to develop interest and scholarship in Global International Relations through the study of theories, scholars and sources of knowledge from the Global South, particularly the Philippines. This may include relational theory, contrapuntal reading, decoloniality, civilizational encounters in a multiplex world, and the incorporation of IR texts that express the realities of one’s culture and experiences.

Secondly, PHISO endeavors to foster relations and knowledge-sharing with educational institutions, scholars, practitioners and students in order to strengthen ties between the academe and the public, as well as create a broad base of interest in the field. Lastly, PHISO serves as a platform for critical engagement with the theoretical diversity of IR, from the rich corpus of Euro-American scholarship that has historically characterized the discipline and emerging scholarship critical of the limitations of this legacy.

International Membership

PHISO is a proud member of the World International Studies Committee (WISC), an accredited partner organization of the International Studies Association (ISA), institutional member of the International Political Science Association (IPSA), affiliate member of the Global South Caucus of International Studies (GSCIS), and country partner of 2017 TRIP Faculty Survey.


PHISO was established on 22 September 2015 by an open letter written by Dr. Nassef Manabilang Adiong which he circulated among IR students and scholars in the Philippines, and whose respondents became the core group and officers of the organization. By the end of September, PHISO’s official website was launched. This was followed by the signing of the charter on October 25 and the creation of a board of advisers by the end of November 2015. With the indefatigable efforts of Frances Antoinette Cruz, the Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws of PHISO were duly approved by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) of the Republic of the Philippines on 01 April 2016. In addition, PHISO received its Mayor’s Permit and Barangay Clearance on the 10th and 25th of April 2017, respectively. While on 04 May 2017, the Certificate of Registration from the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) was issued.

We cordially invite you to join PHISO. Please click here.

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