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In Memoriam – Prof. Aileen S.P. Baviera

We were deeply saddened to learn that our friend and colleague, Professor Aileen S.P. Baviera from the University of the Philippines, passed away on March 21, 2020 due to complications resulting from the Coronavirus (COVID-19). 

As a professor, researcher and former dean of the UP Asian Center, and as the president of Asia Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation, we all knew Aileen's professional qualities: she was a talented researcher with quality analytical and conceptual skills. Always open and willing to explore new questions and research fields, she was a stimulating colleague to work with. She developed and nourished a particular expertise on China and Southeast Asian affairs and was a respected voice on the complex relationship between China and the Philippines. Always balanced, always proactively engaged in defending her point of view, Aileen developed a valuable and recognized expertise. Her insightful writings were treasured by the entire research community. She was collegial and cooperative, making her an indispensable part of a great number of collaborative projects. Indeed, Aileen believed in the virtues of exchange and dialogue. Having spent her career studying China, Aileen remained objective and was a recognized expert, sought after the world over. She was in Paris when she fell ill, attending a convention organized by the IHEDN (Institute for Higher National Defense Studies).


As a friend, Aileen was gentle, caring, easy going and always accommodating. She will be remembered for the softness of her voice, the quality of her expertise and her innate humility. A great researcher whose highest quality was to be inclusive, knowing that "researching alone is not doing research". A beautiful person, she was someone you could be proud to call a friend.


Sophie Boisseau du Rocher and the team of Ifri's Center for Asian Studies