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Southeast Asia’s Current Account Balancing Act
August 25, 2021

Southeast Asia’s Current Account Balancing Act

By James Guild
While trade is important as countries seek to bounce back from COVID-19, you need to poke a little deeper to get a full picture of the current account.
How Rodrigo Duterte Permanently Changed Philippine Elections
August 18, 2021

How Rodrigo Duterte Permanently Changed Philippine Elections

By Mong Palatino
The Philippine president's barnstorming run to the presidency has inspired a raft of imitators. Can any succeed?

The Rise of Saifullah: Islamic State’s New Point Man for Southeast Asia?
August 16, 2021

The Rise of Saifullah: Islamic State’s New Point Man for Southeast Asia?

By Jasminder Singh and Rueben Ananthan Santhana Dass
Despite the killing or apprehension of many of its senior leaders, the Islamic State remains a clear and present danger in Southeast Asia.

Duterte Vs the International Criminal Court
August 13, 2021

Duterte Vs the International Criminal Court

By Michael Beltran
Can Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte be indicted for "crimes against humanity”? And if so, can he be brought to justice?

Extending Their Call of Duty? Ex-Police Officers Running for Office in the Philippines
August 06, 2021

Extending Their Call of Duty? Ex-Police Officers Running for Office in the Philippines

By Kevin Nielsen Agojo
Many former Philippine National Police officers have used their service as a springboard into elected office.
Duterte Claims that COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Crucial US Defense Pact
August 04, 2021

Duterte Claims that COVID-19 Vaccines Saved Crucial US Defense Pact

By Sebastian Strangio
The unsurprising revelation hints at the fundamentally transactional nature of Duterte's approach to the superpowers.

China’s Rise, South China Sea, and Rules-Based International Order: A View From the Philippines
August 04, 2021

China’s Rise, South China Sea, and Rules-Based International Order: A View From the Philippines

By Jongsoo Lee
Jay L. Batongbacal, a professor at the University of the Philippines College of Law, on the South China Sea disputes and international law.
Why Do Filipinos Keep Voting for Authoritarian Leaders?
August 02, 2021

Why Do Filipinos Keep Voting for Authoritarian Leaders?

By Gretchen Abuso
A lack of thorough education has helped blur the Philippines’ history – and the lessons of the past.

Philippines’ Duterte Retains Pact Allowing US War Exercises
July 30, 2021

Philippines’ Duterte Retains Pact Allowing US War Exercises

By Jim Gomez
The president has formally retracted his earlier letter announcing the termination of the Philippines-U.S. Visiting Forces Agreement.

Olympic Champion Hidilyn Diaz Deserves an Apology From the Philippine Government
July 29, 2021

Olympic Champion Hidilyn Diaz Deserves an Apology From the Philippine Government

By Mong Palatino
The Philippines’ first-ever gold medalist had an earlier claim to fame: being accused of conspiring against the Duterte administration.

Philippine President Duterte Unabashedly Threatens to Kill Drug Dealers
July 27, 2021

Philippine President Duterte Unabashedly Threatens to Kill Drug Dealers

By Jim Gomez
Duterte devoted most of a rambling, nearly three-hour televised speech to non-pandemic topics he has addressed repeatedly in the past.
US, Philippines Set to Reinforce Threatened Defense Accord
July 23, 2021

US, Philippines Set to Reinforce Threatened Defense Accord

By Sebastian Strangio
Both nations have a strong incentive to maintain the pact, but next year's election could complicate matters.

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