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Is There Really a New Duterte Coup Plot in the Philippines?
October 06, 2018
Is There Really a New Duterte Coup Plot in the Philippines?
A recent wave of speculation risks conflating actual legitimate opposition with potential and unproven coup attempts.
Is There Really a New Duterte Coup Plot in the Philippines?
Duterte Is Killing the Philippines' Environment
August 27, 2018
Duterte Is Killing the Philippines' Environment
A closer look at yet another troubling aspect of the president’s record.
Duterte Is Killing the Philippines' Environment
Is the Congress Coup in the Philippines a Threat to Duterte?
August 01, 2018
Is the Congress Coup in the Philippines a Threat to Duterte?
The development could have important implications for Duterte’s remaining time in office and Philippine politics more generally.
Is the Congress Coup in the Philippines a Threat to Duterte?
Why the Philippines’ New Anti-Terror Law Would Be a Blow to Rights
July 12, 2018
Why the Philippines’ New Anti-Terror Law Would Be a Blow to Rights
Critics fear amendments could trample liberties and further enable a descent into dictatorial rule.
Why the Philippines’ New Anti-Terror Law Would Be a Blow to Rights
Duterte’s Anti-Women Behavior Sparks the Philippines’ Own #MeToo Moment
June 27, 2018
Duterte’s Anti-Women Behavior Sparks the Philippines’ Own #MeToo Moment
A recent social media campaign in the country is a further sign of growing opposition against the president.
Duterte’s Anti-Women Behavior Sparks the Philippines’ Own #MeToo Moment
The Trouble With Duterte's New Terror List
April 03, 2018
The Trouble With Duterte's New Terror List
The move has raised more questions than it has offered answers.
The Trouble With Duterte's New Terror List
How ASEAN Strongmen Use Legal Reform to Weaken Democracy
March 07, 2018
How ASEAN Strongmen Use Legal Reform to Weaken Democracy
Hun Sen and Rodrigo Duterte show that constitutional reform remains a favorite tool of the region's power-hungry leaders.
How ASEAN Strongmen Use Legal Reform to Weaken Democracy
Duterte’s Drug War in the Philippines: New Campaign, Old Problems
February 06, 2018
Duterte’s Drug War in the Philippines: New Campaign, Old Problems
The reloaded war continues to face some familiar challenges.
Duterte’s Drug War in the Philippines: New Campaign, Old Problems
Will Duterte’s ‘Cha-Cha’ Train Lead to Dictatorship in the Philippines?
January 23, 2018
Will Duterte’s ‘Cha-Cha’ Train Lead to Dictatorship in the Philippines?
Recent moves have raised some troubling questions about the country’s drift to authoritarianism under a strongman's rule.
Will Duterte’s ‘Cha-Cha’ Train Lead to Dictatorship in the Philippines?
Singapore's Intolerance of Dissent in the Spotlight as Police Take on a 'Recalcitrant' Activist
December 29, 2017
Singapore's Intolerance of Dissent in the Spotlight as Police Take on a 'Recalcitrant' Activist
Jolovan Wham's treatment at the hands of Singaporean authorities highlights the PAP's anxieties.
Singapore's Intolerance of Dissent in the Spotlight as Police Take on a 'Recalcitrant' Activist
With Martial Law Extended in the Philippines, What’s Next for Duterte’s New 'Communist Terrorist' War?
December 13, 2017
With Martial Law Extended in the Philippines, What’s Next for Duterte’s New 'Communist Terrorist' War?
A closer look at a development that could have significant implications for the country’s domestic politics and foreign policy.
With Martial Law Extended in the Philippines, What’s Next for Duterte’s New 'Communist Terrorist' War?
What’s Next for the Philippines as Duterte Ends Communist Peace Talks?
November 25, 2017
What’s Next for the Philippines as Duterte Ends Communist Peace Talks?
The nixing of the peace process raises some rather troubling questions for the Southeast Asian state.
What’s Next for the Philippines as Duterte Ends Communist Peace Talks?
Beware Duterte’s Troll Army in the Philippines
November 18, 2017
Beware Duterte’s Troll Army in the Philippines
A recent report deepens concerns around the administration’s distortion of online information.
Beware Duterte’s Troll Army in the Philippines
Duterte’s Unfinished Wars in the Philippines
October 25, 2017
Duterte’s Unfinished Wars in the Philippines
The administration’s bold announcements belie the actual status of key conflicts and their broader significance.
Duterte’s Unfinished Wars in the Philippines
Rising Outrage Over Duterte’s War on Drugs in the Philippines
September 12, 2017
Rising Outrage Over Duterte’s War on Drugs in the Philippines
A reported surge of extrajudicial killings victimizing children has exacerbated concerns about the campaign.
Rising Outrage Over Duterte’s War on Drugs in the Philippines
What Laos Taught the CIA
August 18, 2017
What Laos Taught the CIA
The Agency's role in the country is a reminder that suspicion about U.S. intervention in the region is not without basis.
What Laos Taught the CIA
Will Duterte Abandon the Left in the Philippines?
August 07, 2017
Will Duterte Abandon the Left in the Philippines?
Though there are signs of a fraying of ties, the future outlook remains murky.
Will Duterte Abandon the Left in the Philippines?
Why the Philippines' Duterte Should Rethink the Vice Presidency
July 04, 2017
Why the Philippines' Duterte Should Rethink the Vice Presidency
It’s time for the country to revisit the role of its vice president.
Why the Philippines' Duterte Should Rethink the Vice Presidency
What Does Duterte’s Martial Law Mean for the Philippine Peace Process?
May 31, 2017
What Does Duterte’s Martial Law Mean for the Philippine Peace Process?
A closer look at how the move has impacted the wider pursuit of peace in the country’s south.
What Does Duterte’s Martial Law Mean for the Philippine Peace Process?
Is Rodrigo Duterte Really Anti-American?
May 13, 2017
Is Rodrigo Duterte Really Anti-American?
The Philippine president’s actions prove that this label is far too simplistic.
Is Rodrigo Duterte Really Anti-American?
Is the Philippines’ Duterte Really a Leftist?
May 02, 2017
Is the Philippines’ Duterte Really a Leftist?
The reality is much more complex than some – including the president himself – are making it out to be.
Is the Philippines’ Duterte Really a Leftist?
The China Benham Rise Controversy: A Wake Up Call for the Philippines?
April 11, 2017
The China Benham Rise Controversy: A Wake Up Call for the Philippines?
The recent flashpoint could be an opportunity for Manila to take some steps that are long overdue.
The China Benham Rise Controversy: A Wake Up Call for the Philippines?
Duterte’s Drug War is Distracting From His Social Reform Agenda
March 28, 2017
Duterte’s Drug War is Distracting From His Social Reform Agenda
By focusing on the controversial campaign, the president is taking attention away from commendable initiatives.
Duterte’s Drug War is Distracting From His Social Reform Agenda
What Do the New Philippine Protests Mean for Duterte?
February 27, 2017
What Do the New Philippine Protests Mean for Duterte?
A closer look at what recent protests against the Philippine president signify.
What Do the New Philippine Protests Mean for Duterte?
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