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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.

Duterte Postpones Cancellation of US Defense Agreement, Again
June 16, 2021

Duterte Postpones Cancellation of US Defense Agreement, Again

By Sebastian Strangio
It seems increasingly likely that the Visiting Forces Agreement will survive Duterte's term in office.
The Philippines Is Sticking Right by America’s Side
December 02, 2020

The Philippines Is Sticking Right by America’s Side

By Derek Grossman
Despite President Duterte's much-vaunted "pivot to China," the nation's relationship with the U.S. remains as strong as ever.

China Refuses to Quit on the Philippines
July 22, 2020

China Refuses to Quit on the Philippines

By Derek Grossman
China may have missed a golden opportunity to see the VFA end, but Beijing is still determined to exploit gaps between the U.S. and its ally.

Populism Blindsided: America, Duterte, and the Philippine Military
June 11, 2020

Populism Blindsided: America, Duterte, and the Philippine Military

By Mesrob Vartavarian
Despite his best efforts, the Philippines’ president hasn’t been able to cut ties between the U.S. and the Philippine defense establishment.

What the US-Philippines VFA Withdrawal Suspension Does and Doesn’t Say About the Alliance
June 04, 2020

What the US-Philippines VFA Withdrawal Suspension Does and Doesn’t Say About the Alliance

By Prashanth Parameswaran
While this is an important temporary reprieve for the alliance, it leaves some broader strategic challenges unresolved.

In Sudden Step, Philippines Reverses Course on Ending US Visiting Forces Agreement—For Now
June 04, 2020

In Sudden Step, Philippines Reverses Course on Ending US Visiting Forces Agreement—For Now

By Ankit Panda
Will the reversal last?
Is the US-Philippines Alliance Obsolete?
April 22, 2020

Is the US-Philippines Alliance Obsolete?

By Aaron Jed Rabena and Elliot Silverberg
With the unwinding of the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), the utility of Washington’s oldest alliance in the Indo-Pacific hangs in the balance.

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