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The Flawed Story About Drugs and Human Rights in the Philippines

April 23, 2018 • World Politics, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dr. Dan Steinbock For years, drugs and corruption thrived in the Philippines as policymakers engaged in external adventures ignoring domestic investment. The Duterte government is fostering a historical investment drive, while seeking to defuse the threat of drugs and corruption. So why is it penalized in the West?   Recently, President Duterte said

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The Economic Moral Hazards of the International Criminal Court – and the Philippines Withdrawal

March 22, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, International Law, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (2)

By Dan Steinbock                                                  As the Philippines is withdrawing from the International Criminal Court, ICC is blaming the Duterte government. In reality, the withdrawal is

The Philippine Dream Could Be Within the Reach

February 13, 2018 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock   If the government’s focus remains on inclusive economic development, the Philippines could become a bright spot in the global landscape. Today, there is a huge gap between the Philippines as it is portrayed by many international

How To (and Not To) Navigate between US and China 

December 18, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock The first 18 months of the Duterte government suggest that the effort to recalibrate the Philippines’ ties between the US and China is necessary, viable and vital.        In the first half of the 2010s, Manila and Beijing were

Overcoming Decades of Missed FDI in the Philippines

December 4, 2017 • On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock Since the 1980s, economic success in Asia has often relied on foreign investment, at least initially. Last week, President Duterte took a decisive step toward that direction. Why has the change taken so long? And why is the devil in the

Trump’s Asia Tour: From Old Conflicts to New Prospects

November 16, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, SPECIAL FEATURES, Capitalism in the 21st Century, World Politics, International Relations, Editor’s Choice, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock                                       Trump’s gruelling 12-day Asia tour was a quest for mega deals. US policies in Asia are shifting. The stress on competitive strategic visions is being redefined by historic bilateral

How To Fight Corruption in the Philippines

October 9, 2017 • Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

Interview with Dr. Dan Steinbock Despite opposition, President Duterte’s Anti-Corruption Commission is vital in light of Philippine history and international experience. To be effective, the anti-corruption agency must be independent.   On October

Can Sustainable Peace and Co-operation Be Achieved in the South China Sea Region?

September 25, 2017 • Asia - Pacific, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Li Jianwei and Ramses Amer Since mid-2016, positive improvements have been made in the South China Sea region. However, more efforts are needed to sustain such peaceful and co-operative trend. 2016 was a dramatic year in the development of the South China

The Lessons of Terrorism in Mindanao

August 8, 2017 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Columns, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (1)

By Dan Steinbock The Ramawi terror did not come out of the blue. It is a result of decades of economic polarisation, political exclusion, neglect of terrorism by the Aquino administration, and ISIL’s collapse in Syria and Iraq. If the stabilisation fails

The Myths and Realities of Duterte’s Infrastructure Initiative

August 2, 2017 • SPECIAL FEATURES, Columns, Editor’s Choice, Asia - Pacific, Dan Steinbock, On Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock A huge upgrade of infrastructure is vital for Philippines economic future. That’s why it is contested by entrenched interests, including foreign powers. This is the first in a series of occasional commentaries about the Philippines