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US, Philippines Agree to Larger American Military Presence
February 02, 2023

US, Philippines Agree to Larger American Military Presence

By Jim Gomez
The two sides have agreed to grant the U.S. armed forces access to four more bases under the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement.

Kamala Harris Says US Commitment to Philippines ‘Unwavering’
November 22, 2022

Kamala Harris Says US Commitment to Philippines ‘Unwavering’

By Sebastian Strangio
The U.S. vice president's visit to the Philippines has seemingly closed the book on the problems and tensions of the Rodrigo Duterte era.
The Philippine-US Alliance Has a Major Blind Spot: Cybersecurity
August 04, 2022

The Philippine-US Alliance Has a Major Blind Spot: Cybersecurity

By Gregory H. Winger and Miguel Alberto Gomez
Other U.S. alliances have undertaken significant measures to enhance collective defense in cyberspace. It's time for the Philippine-U.S. alliance to catch up.

The Philippines-US Alliance at 70
September 01, 2021

The Philippines-US Alliance at 70

By Renato Cruz De Castro
The 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty became the most important element in the Philippine-U.S. alliance. How can it remain relevant in a changing Indo-Pacific?

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.

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.

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.
Trump Year Three: The State of US Alliances in Asia
November 09, 2019

Trump Year Three: The State of US Alliances in Asia

By Ankit Panda
Where do American alliances in Asia stand as the Trump administration looks to wrap up its third year in power?

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