The June 2024 edition of Diplomat Diaries will host Ambassador Josel F. Ignacio, the Philippines’ Ambassador to India. The discussion aims to shed light on crucial strategic and geopolitical matters involving the Philippines, including the country’s strategic choices in foreign policy, India-Philippines relations, and prospects for increased trade and other forms of cooperation between the two sides. The discussion also seeks to explore emerging areas of cooperation, such as the recent delivery of BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles to the Philippines as part of a US$375-million deal signed in 2022; the threats and challenges facing the Philippines in its neighbourhood; and its relations with global powers, particularly the United States and China.