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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.
Biden Administration Seeks to Stabilize US-Philippines Alliance
February 11, 2021

Biden Administration Seeks to Stabilize US-Philippines Alliance

By Sebastian Strangio
The Biden administration is keen on shoring up its alliance with Philippines, but President Rodrigo Duterte remains the joker in the pack.

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.

China Just Botched a Monumental Opportunity With the Philippines
June 18, 2020

China Just Botched a Monumental Opportunity With the Philippines

By Derek Grossman
Did China miss its shot at the U.S.-Philippines Visiting Forces Agreement?

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.
The Philippines Post-VFA: No Easy Choices
February 27, 2020

The Philippines Post-VFA: No Easy Choices

By Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
If Manila wants to wean itself off the U.S. alliance, it has several options. Each has drawbacks – but so does the status quo.

The Philippines Moves to End US Visiting Forces Agreement: What Happens Next?
February 13, 2020

The Philippines Moves to End US Visiting Forces Agreement: What Happens Next?

By Ankit Panda
The decision has kicked off a 180-day countdown that may be used for renegotiation.

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