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The Philippines Wants to Acquire Submarines. What Should They Be Used For?
April 11, 2022

The Philippines Wants to Acquire Submarines. What Should They Be Used For?

By Joshua Bernard Espeña
Manila's acquisition of a submarine fleet should be guided by nothing less than the need to deter or win future wars.

Rethinking the Philippines’ Deterrence in the South China Sea
March 26, 2022

Rethinking the Philippines’ Deterrence in the South China Sea

By Erick Nielson C Javier
Manila should change the narrative from a focus on “how to defend” against China toward a more active strategy of deterring China.
The Philippines, the Moscow-Beijing Axis, and the Case for a Proactive Strategic Policy
March 14, 2022

The Philippines, the Moscow-Beijing Axis, and the Case for a Proactive Strategic Policy

By Joshua Bernard Espeña
Manila needs to prepare for a more constrained, competitive, and dangerous world.

Is There an Arms Race Underway in Southeast Asia?
February 08, 2022

Is There an Arms Race Underway in Southeast Asia?

By James Guild
Fear of China is driving the region's recent spate of military procurements – but it's not the only factor.

Can the Philippines’ BrahMos Missiles Really Deter China?
January 27, 2022

Can the Philippines’ BrahMos Missiles Really Deter China?

By Ben Ho
Technological limitations on Manila’s end will limit the missile’s range – and its deterrent factor.

Philippines Confirms Purchase of BrahMos Supersonic Missile System
January 14, 2022

Philippines Confirms Purchase of BrahMos Supersonic Missile System

By Sebastian Strangio
The long-expected acquisition marks the latest evolution of Southeast Asia's naval arms competition.

Thousands of Families Are Being Displaced by Violent Clashes in Mindanao
April 02, 2021

Thousands of Families Are Being Displaced by Violent Clashes in Mindanao

By Nick Aspinwall
A renewal of conflict between the Philippine military and an extremist group has shaken the Bangasmoro Autonomous Region.
An End in Sight for the Philippines’ Maoist Insurgency?
February 19, 2021

An End in Sight for the Philippines’ Maoist Insurgency?

By Jack Broome
The Philippine military claims that a breakthrough is around the corner, but a continuation of the conflict is convenient for many.

How the Philippine Army Can Find Its Place in the South China Sea
September 30, 2020

How the Philippine Army Can Find Its Place in the South China Sea

By Mark Payumo
Manila can exact land-based ownership of the maritime domain with a smarter strategy.

Why the Philippines Needs to Revise Its National Defense Act
September 24, 2020

Why the Philippines Needs to Revise Its National Defense Act

By Jay Tristan Tarriela
An 80-plus year old law has allowed the Philippine Army near-unquestioned dominance over the military. That has to change.

Mindanao After Martial Law
March 10, 2020

Mindanao After Martial Law

By Nick Aspinwall
After 31 months of martial law following the siege of Marawi, both the military and insurgents are still firmly in place.
The Philippine Navy Needs More Than New Ships
March 06, 2020

The Philippine Navy Needs More Than New Ships

By Jay Tristan Tarriela
Until its institutional problems are solved, the PN will not be able to achieve its ambitious goals.

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