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Behind the Handshakes, Military Tensions Are Rising Between China and Its Neighbors

Peter Mellgard | Posted 01.13.2015 | World
Peter Mellgard

The president of the Philippines, Benigno Aquino, became the second of two close American allies (after Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) to shake hands with President Xi Jinping of China this week. Xi and Aquino shared promises to constructively manage tensions in the South China Sea, a promising step forward after several years of maritime incursions into territory both countries claim as their own.

After Aquino: Time for 'Effective Governance' in the Philippines

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 01.11.2015 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Democracy is not only about freely choosing your leaders; it is also about choosing the best possible leaders, who can effectively oversee day-to-day administration.

Will Peace in Mindanao be Held Hostage by Politics in Congress?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.12.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

President Aquino has taken some bold moves during his presidency in an effort to achieve peace regarding the decades-long dispute over autonomy in Mindanao.

Can the Philippines' Afford a Single Aquino Term in Office?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 11.02.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

The Philippines cannot afford to backtrack. If the constitution is not changed, and Aquino does not run, win, and serve a second term, the country risks losing its hard won gains, and could easily fall back into some bad habits.

Philippines And Vietnam In The South China Sea: A Burgeoning Alliance

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 07.26.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

The two countries can no longer afford to simply chart their own independent paths, since maximum coordination has become a strategic imperative.

Obama Wins Back Lost Advantage in the Philippines As He Dabbles, Fitfully and Perhaps Fatefully, in the Ukraine Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 06.30.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

As Obama accomplished something quite real in the Asia-Pacific his administration and the European Union pursued something unreal, announcing new sanctions against individual Russians for their involvement in Russia's strategy to foment discord in Ukraine and keep that nation, which is only a few hundred miles from Moscow, out of NATO.

Joshua Hersh

Obama Lashes Out At Foreign Policy Critics

HuffingtonPost.com | Joshua Hersh | Posted 04.29.2014 | Politics

President Barack Obama ended his tour of several Asian countries on Monday with a passionate and unscripted defense of his foreign policy agenda, flog...

The Philippines Takes China to Court, but It's Public Opinion That Will Decide

T. Dean Reed | Posted 06.03.2014 | Politics
T. Dean Reed

Just as a Philippines ship eluded Chinese gunboats by sailing into safe waters in order to feed Filipino troops, the Philippines government, the brave David of Asia, has outmaneuvered Goliath China by going to two courts to get its seized lands and seas returned.

Can the Peace Dividend Last in the Philippines?

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 05.31.2014 | World
Edsel Tupaz

Whether this Agreement has real traction and can be duly implemented will be a front burner issue in the 2016 presidential election, and President Aquino has staked significant political capital on achieving lasting peace in Mindanao.

China Watch, or Is it 'Watch China?'

T. Dean Reed | Posted 05.24.2014 | Politics
T. Dean Reed

The Philippines continues to stand, if not alone, without much true international support as China pushes its aggressive claim to the South China Sea almost into Manila Bay.

South China Sea Disputes Enter a Dangerous Phase: The U.S. Pivot Gathers Steam

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 04.26.2014 | Politics
Richard Javad Heydarian

Aquino may have risked a permanent estrangement with the Chinese leadership over his fiery rhetoric. But it is hoping that rising international concerns over the South China Sea disputes will translate into greater external support against China.

Philippines' President Compares China's Leaders To Hitler

Agence France Presse | | Posted 04.07.2014 | World

Philippine President Benigno Aquino has compared China's efforts to claim disputed territories with those of Nazi Germany's, while urging world leader...

Can 'Peace' Last in the Philippines?

Daniel Wagner | Posted 04.05.2014 | World
Daniel Wagner

Can the latest Framework Agreement create meaningful political space and perceived political participation that is inclusive enough for Christians and Muslims alike in the governance of resource-rich Mindanao?

Upgrading the Philippine Economy: Why Emerging Markets Need a New Governance Model

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.14.2014 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

With much of the developed world hobbling under the burden of massive public debt, The Economist couldn't resist the opportunity to encourage a global, multi-trillion-dollar "new wave of privatizations, this time centered on property."

Philippines in 2014: Emerging Economies with Contentious Leadership

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 03.05.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Three years into his widely-hailed presidency, with much of the media and pundits lavishing praise on him, Benigno Aquino is finally feeling the heat.

Philippines Electricity Crisis: How Regulatory Capture Undermines Emerging Markets

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 02.22.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

The Philippines is paying the price for decades of mindless privatization, which has done more to reinforce the oligarchic hold on the Philippine economy rather than unleash the dynamic energies of the private sector.

Philippines' 'Mirage' Economy: Why It's Worse Than a Bubble

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 02.04.2014 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

Even if the Philippines is not another bubble waiting to burst at any moment, the recent economic uptick is inherently hollow -- for it is unlikely to trickle down to the greater impoverished masses anytime soon.

Philippines President Under Pressure As U.S. Aircraft Carrier Arives

Reuters | Posted 01.23.2014 | World

By Stuart Grudgings and Andrew R.C. Marshall TACLOBAN, Philippines, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino was under g...

Mindanao's Rebellion: Aquino Is Running Out of Time

Edsel Tupaz | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Edsel Tupaz

Since serious negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) culminated in the signing of the Framework Agreement between it and the government of the Philippines in 2012, the government had hoped that its decades-long battle with rebel movement in the southern Philippines was drawing to a close.

Why Is President Aquino So Popular? Effective Leadership and Enigmatic Charisma

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 11.26.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

What's fascinating with Aquino's popularity, not exactly his policies, is his ability to maintain public support despite repeated crises questioning his leadership.

Philippines as the New ASEAN Growth Pole: Not Even Corruption Can Stop it

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 10.13.2013 | Business
Richard Javad Heydarian

Halfway into his six-year term, President Benigno Aquino III is facing a spate of major corruption scandals, which could potentially undermine his "good governance" initiative -- the policy that largely explains renewed global confidence in the Philippine economy in recent years.

Japan's Military Resurgence Would Harm US Interests in Asia

Donald Gross | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Donald Gross

Most American pundits and the Obama administration would like Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to concentrate on fixing the economy and stay away from raising Tokyo's military profile in Asia. But Abe seems bent on ignoring their advice and risks harming U.S. interests in the region.

China Rouses a Counter-Alliance: A Security Diamond in the Making

Richard Javad Heydarian | Posted 08.07.2013 | World
Richard Javad Heydarian

While neighboring states such as Japan have ample amount of hard power and military hardware to keep China's ambitions in check, the likes of Vietnam and Philippines are far more vulnerable.

Philippines Signs Landmark Peace Deal With Muslim Rebels

Reuters | Manuel Mogato | Posted 12.14.2012 | World

MANILA, Oct 15 (Reuters) - The Philippine government and the country's largest Muslim rebel group signed a peace deal on Monday that serves as a roa...

China Moves Swiftly on New "City" Encompassing South China Sea, Gulf Crisis Simmers

William Bradley | Posted 09.23.2012 | World
William Bradley

A distracted America gives China a much freer hand as it seeks to establish dominance throughout the South China Sea. At least in theory. Bandwidth, or lack of the same on the part of the U.S., is China's ally in this situation.