The Philippines

Tearing up the Deal: Understanding the consequences of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement

In late January, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) with the United States despite some efforts of the Secretaries of Defense and Foreign Affairs to prevent it.  The agreement provides the legal framework for the presence of US troops in the Philippines for military exercises and humanitarian relief operations….

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Tearing up the Deal: Understanding the consequences of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement

Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: Making sense of The Philippines’ relationship with China and the United States

As a major ally with a mutual defense treaty and a history of fighting side-by-side since World War II, the bond between the United States and the Philippines has been especially close. Understandably, it comes as a surprise to many to see the Philippines seek closer ties with China. More so considering the tense territorial…

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Keep Your Friends Close and Your Enemies Closer: Making sense of The Philippines’ relationship with China and the United States