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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 | 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.

Philippines May Call In U.S. Spy Planes In Standoff With China

Reuters | Posted 09.01.2012 | World

By Manuel Mogato and Stuart Grudgings MANILA, July 2 (Reuters) - Philippine President Benigno Aquino said on Monday he may ask the Uni...

A Long Awaited Day of Justice in the Philippines

Daniel Wagner | Posted 07.30.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

As the Philippines closes this chapter on impeaching high government officials, Mr. Aquino should focus on fighting endemic corruption and, in turn, get to the root of the problem of widespread poverty. Tuesday's conviction is certainly a step in the right direction.

Philippines Launch Warship, Flexes Muscles

AP | By JIM GOMEZ | Posted 12.14.2011 | World

MANILA, Philippines -- The Philippines relaunched an old U.S. Coast Guard cutter Wednesday as its biggest and most modern warship to guard potentially...

The Philippines Spamdex - How An Election Could Be Decided By Tinned Meat.

Virginia M. Moncrieff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Virginia M. Moncrieff

MANILA, Philippines - Manuel Villar is one of the front runners in next week's national election. He makes much of his humble roots. Born in a squalid...