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What Will the 2018 US-Philippines Balikatan Military Exercise Look Like?
April 24, 2018
What Will the 2018 US-Philippines Balikatan Military Exercise Look Like?
The evolution of the interaction bears watching within the context of the broader defense relationship in the Duterte era.
What Will the 2018 US-Philippines Balikatan Military Exercise Look Like?
What’s Next for the Philippines’ New Police Helicopters?
April 17, 2018
What’s Next for the Philippines’ New Police Helicopters?
A recent delivery has put the spotlight on the growing role of the police force as well as a capability that has been the subject of recent controversy.
What’s Next for the Philippines’ New Police Helicopters?
Duterte’s Drug War: The Local Government Dimension
April 14, 2018
Duterte’s Drug War: The Local Government Dimension
Local government plays an important but infrequently discussed role in the campaign.
Duterte’s Drug War: The Local Government Dimension
Duterte's China Convergence Continues
April 13, 2018
Duterte's China Convergence Continues
In China, the Philippine leader advances cooperation in the economic, defense, and media sectors.
Duterte's China Convergence Continues
Does Duterte’s War on the International Criminal Court Really Matter?
April 05, 2018
Does Duterte’s War on the International Criminal Court Really Matter?
A closer look at an issue that has surfaced over the past few weeks.
Does Duterte’s War on the International Criminal Court Really Matter?
Why Did Duterte Chicken out of the ASEAN-Australia Summit?
March 10, 2018
Why Did Duterte Chicken out of the ASEAN-Australia Summit?
The strongman is clearly afraid of the scrutiny that might come from making the trip.
Why Did Duterte Chicken out of the ASEAN-Australia Summit?
Who Cares If Duterte Skips the ASEAN-Australia Summit?
March 09, 2018
Who Cares If Duterte Skips the ASEAN-Australia Summit?
Duterte’s absence is significant and has broad implications for ASEAN and the region.
Who Cares If Duterte Skips the ASEAN-Australia Summit?
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: China's South China Sea Installations Aimed at the United States, Not the Philippines
February 20, 2018
Duterte: China's South China Sea Installations Aimed at the United States, Not the Philippines
The Philippine president made clear that he does not view China's South China Sea installations as a direct threat.
Duterte: China's South China Sea Installations Aimed at the United States, Not the Philippines
Bangsamoro Peace Process Complicated by Philippine Politics
February 13, 2018
Bangsamoro Peace Process Complicated by Philippine Politics
Despite Duterte’s drams of federalism, the establishment of a Bangsamoro Autonomous Region has stalled.
Bangsamoro Peace Process Complicated by Philippine Politics
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
Duterte’s Media War in the Philippines Highlights ASEAN’s Rights Problem
January 25, 2018
Duterte’s Media War in the Philippines Highlights ASEAN’s Rights Problem
The effort to ban online news outlet Rappler is sadly an all too familiar story in the region.
Duterte’s Media War in the Philippines Highlights ASEAN’s Rights Problem
Manila's Disappointing Reaction to the US FONOP Near Scarborough Shoal
January 23, 2018
Manila's Disappointing Reaction to the US FONOP Near Scarborough Shoal
If claimant states no longer care about freedom of navigation, the U.S. task in the South China Sea may be impossible.
Manila's Disappointing Reaction to the US FONOP Near Scarborough Shoal
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?
Is Promoting Human Rights in ASEAN an Impossible Task?
January 19, 2018
Is Promoting Human Rights in ASEAN an Impossible Task?
Developments in the region suggest that the goal remains far from becoming a reality anytime soon.
Is Promoting Human Rights in ASEAN an Impossible Task?
Why Is Duterte Trying to Ban Rappler?
January 18, 2018
Why Is Duterte Trying to Ban Rappler?
The Philippines’ Duterte turns on the media that helped elect him.
Why Is Duterte Trying to Ban Rappler?
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