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Meet the Philippines' Bernie Sanders

R. Javad Heydarian, Huffington Post

The Dark Heart of ASEAN

Joshua Kurlantzick, Nikkei Asian Review

In recent years, he took a quantum leap by jumping directly into the snake pit of Philippine politics as a member of the House of Representatives -- among the most oligarchic insti...(full article)

Taking Harris’ recent comments on the possibility of U.S.-India-Japan trilateral exercises in the South China Sea and a possible resumption of the QSD nearly a decade later toget...(full article)

Issues of maritime security and the territorial dispute in the South China Sea are expected to be discussed during the U.S.-ASEAN summit in California....(full article)

On Feb. 15, at a summit in California, U.S. President Barack Obama will meet with the leaders of the 10 countries of Asia's most important regional grouping: the Association of Sou...(full article)

Congress fails to approve the Bangsamoro Basic Law, threatening to undermine a peace deal to end a decades-long insurgency....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

The Dangers of Filipino Talk Radio - Saul Elbein, California Sunday Mag

The Philippines is one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a journalist, especially if you’re in talk radio....

Asia Revisits the Class Politics of WWII - W. Bello, Foreign Policy In Focus

So one is left with the question: Was it more than coincidence that a dangerous new course for the region would be launched by the joining of hands of Aquino, the grandson of a des...

Ferdinand Marcos Jr. Plots Presidential Bid - Philip Sherwell, Telegraph

His father was a notorious dictator and his mother is best-known for her lavish shoe collection, but Ferdinand Marcos Jr does not believe his name is an impediment to seeking the h...

What's Happening in South China Sea Is Scary - N. Rothman, Commentary

Rarely in history have great powers provoked a war that they knew would be a long and protracted affair....

East Asia's Era of Transition - George Friedman, Stratfor

When I began this series a month ago, I pointed out that the most significant feature of the global system currently is the ongoing destabilization of the Eurasian land mass, from ...

Washington Flirts With Disaster in East Asia - Ted Galen Carpenter, TNI

Now is the time for flexible, creative diplomacy focused on protecting America’s core maritime interests, not the territorial ambitions of favored East Asian countries. It m...

Fighting the Philippines' Love Affair with Guns - J. Strother, Portal KBR

"We got it from the Americans," he says. "We learned many good things from the Americans, but what we learned most was this addiction to violence, to guns."...

The Philippines Peace Process Comes Under Fire - Gene Carolan, WPR

The political fallout of a botched police raid in the southern Philippines continues to dominate international headlines and threaten the country’s burgeoning peace process w...

The Disaster that Looms over the South China Sea - Sean Mirski, TNI

U.S. policy makers should recognize that the next crisis in the South China Sea could inadvertently start in the waters between a fishing trawler and a zealous coast-guard cutter....

Trade Goes on as Usual in the S. China Sea - N. Jenny, Global Risk Insights

Despite China's increasing assertiveness regarding its territorial claims in the South China Sea, trade in the region is still unaffected....

Manila's Welcome Change on Climate - Boston Globe

The Philippines took a bold step forward that was more than just symbolic: the country declared it was time for developing nations to cut greenhouse gas emissions regardless of eco...

International Law Could Challenge Chinese Claims - D. Rothwell, EAF

In 2006 China made a Declaration under Article 298 of UNCLOS indicating that it did not accept certain compulsory dispute resolution procedures under Part XV of the convention, inc...

China Attacks Another Fishing Boat - Gary Sands, FP Blogs Network

Perhaps Xi’s message of conciliation, or remaining “unshakeable in its resolve to pursue peaceful development” and his statement, “Neither turbulence nor wa...

The Game China Is Playing - Alexander Vuving, The National Interest

What does China want with this island building? What is the ultimate objective of these projects? The usual lens we use to decipher strategic moves on the international arena is il...

Japan's Regional Outreach Is Bearing Fruit - Clint Richards, The Diplomat

While speaking at the presidential palace in the capital of Manila to Japanese reporters, Aquino outlined his desire to work more closely with Japan on matters of security, shortly...

Working Towards Stability and Security in Asia - Michael Auslin, AEIdeas

News that India will now provide naval vessels to Vietnam continues a trend of diversifying and evolving security relations in Asia. Earlier this year, Japan announced it was givin...

Will U.S. Military Return to the Philippines? - Jason Strother, Worldcrunch

In April, U.S. President Barack Obama and Philippines President Benigno Aquino signed a new defense pact, the Enhancement of Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), which opens the d...

China's Rise May not Be so Peaceful - John Mearsheimer, National Interest

If the Chinese economy continues growing at a brisk clip in the next few decades, the United States will once again face a potential peer competitor, and great-power politics will ...

Can Joint Procurement Challenge China? - KSL Collin, The Diplomat

Joint procurement or not, China will more likely continue to widen the “patrol asymmetry” with the Philippines and Vietnam in the South China Sea....

The Flashpoint in the South China Sea - Dan Drollette Jr, BAS

China has been extending the size of its claims significantly, far beyond its shores, in some cases right up to the coasts of neighboring countries. In a new twist, the country&rsq...

Why Is China Building Islands? - Shannon Tiezzi, The Diplomat

The BBC has published a multimedia report on the scramble for control over the South China Sea, with a particular focus on the clash between China and the Philippines. In the BBC...

Can Asia's 'Middle Powers' Create Stability? - Mohan & Medcalf, TNI

In a changing Asia, not even steadfast allies like Australia can afford to put all their eggs in the alliance basket. Thus in a new research paper, we argued that it is time for n...

Asia's Reform Trinity? - Kishore Mahbubani, Project Syndicate

Asia is poised to enter a historical sweet spot, with three of its most populous countries – China, India, and Indonesia – led by strong, dynamic, and reform-minded lea...

Are the Philippines Worth Fighting For? - William Pesek, Bloomberg View

Nothing tells the story of where the Philippines was before Benigno Aquino and now better than Transparency International’s rankings. When he rose to the presidency in 2010 p...

The Kids Americans Left Behind in Philippines - Sauras & Lill, Narratively

Decades after they left the Philippines, shadows of the U.S. military loom over the misfit “Amerasian” offspring of long-departed servicemen and forgotten prostitutes....

New Asian Order: Chiran, Japindia & Philnambodia - H. Timmons, Quartz

Despite strong trade and investment ties, Asia’s political alliances are in a state of flux, thanks to China’s voracious demand for resources and aggressive moves in the South ...

What U.S.-Philippines Defense Ties Mean - Aileen Baviera, Bangkok Post

US President Barack Obama's visit to the Philippines, the last leg of his recent four-nation Asian tour, produced a new bilateral defence agreement that was touted by some observer...

Why Obama Is Betting on Asia - Evan Osnos, The New Yorker

President Obama’s trip is a signal of renewed commitment to Asia, but it has produced few definitive signs that the U.S. is making progress in its bid for leadership. After a...

Asia to Obama: So Long, and Thanks for All the Bases - The Economist

Barack Obama is winding down his four-country tour of Asia this evening with a banquet in Manila. Time to assess the latest chapter in America’s vaunted “pivot” t...

Asia's Two Very Different Futures - Zachary Keck, The National Interest

It’s well established that we are living in the Asian Century. Just what the Asian Century will look like is open to debate....

Can Asia Prevent Its Own Crimea? - Bonnie Glaser & Ely Ratner, GPS

With the world watching Ukraine with wary eyes, the U.S. Navy’s lead admiral in the Pacific suggested Asia could face a similar crisis if the continent’s other major po...

Next Blow Up: China vs. Philippines - Donald Emmerson, East Asia Forum

The world is distracted by Ukraine while a new crisis brews in Asia....

Why Is China Really Provoking Its Neighbors? - Kaplan & Baker, Stratfor

What we are seeing, therefore, is mainly a managed set of confrontations that serve domestically in China to keep the nationalistic spirit at a high volume in order to reinforce th...

Philippines Tangles with China in South China Sea - New York Times

China has made it clear that it will not participate in the United Nations arbitration tribunal and demanded a negotiated settlement with the Philippines....

America the Generous - Gordon Chang, World Affairs Journal

Does American aid have geopolitical implications? Most certainly. Is Washington participating in rescue efforts to make Beijing look bad in a competition that spans East Asia? Undo...

Harsh Realities in Wake of Storm - Tanya Ileto Diaz, The Diplomat

Situated in a region prone to severe winds, floods and storm surges, the Philippines is no stranger to typhoons. But the overwhelming scale of destruction left behind by Haiyan h...

What Haiyan Taught Us About China - Walter Lohman, National Interest

If the Asia Pacific region ever needed a reminder of the difference between a U.S.-led order and one shaped by the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the respective reactions of...

U.S.-Philippine Ties Stand Strong - David Feith, Wall Street Journal

Guiuan and the other areas most devastated by Typhoon Haiyan lie around Leyte Gulf, scene of the U.S. Navy's decisive victory over Japan in the biggest naval battle of World War ...

Typhoon Haiyan: Worse than Hell - The Economist

Early estimates of the economic cost are about $15 billion. This relatively low figure reflects the fact that Haiyan laid waste to some of the poorest regions of the country. Their...

A Typhoon's Deadly Course - Irish Times

Only a month ago an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale had caused over 200 deaths in the Philippines. And then on Friday, the mother of all storms, Typhoon Haiyan, rampa...

Is China Punishing the Philippines? - David Bosco, Foreign Policy

Embroiled in a nasty legal fight over the South China Sea, Beijing is putting Manila on notice -- even in the midst of tragedy....

Typhoon Haiyan's Tiny Silver Lining - Joshua Kurlantzick, Council on FR

In the wake of the typhoon, public pressure to reduce graft and upgrade infrastructure could be a positive outcome for the Philippines....

Tons of Aid in Philippines, but Not Where Needed - Pitman & Gomez, AP

The day after Typhoon Haiyan struck the eastern Philippine coast, a team of 15 doctors and logistics experts was ready to fly here to the worst-hit city to help. On Tuesday, five d...

How We Will Help the Philippines - Dan Lamothe, Foreign Policy

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The Horror After Haiyan - The Economist

The Philippines is accustomed to tropical cyclones. About 20 pass over or near it each year. As Typhoon Haiyan approached, tens of thousands of people in its path followed the ordi...

About the Philippines

  • Republic of the Philippines
  • Population: 97,976,603 (12th)
  • Area Size: 120,000 sq mi (72nd)
  • GDP: $318.2 billion (38th)
  • Currency: Peso (PHP)
  • Official Language: Filipino, English
  • Capital City: Manila
  • Largest City: Quezon City

Philippines Prosperity Rank: 66

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