Special Feature on Duterte and the Philippines
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 now, terror will spread beyond Mindanao. – This is the second commentary about the …
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
By Alexander Chipman Koty The Philippines garnered substantial international attention in 2016, owing largely to President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversies. Lost in the Philippines’ political drama, however, was the country’s strong economic performance.
By Dan Steinbock In the first quarter, the Philippine peso depreciated against the US dollar. Internationally, this was attributed to President Duterte’s policies. In reality, it has a lot to do with the expected US rate hikes. But there is a reason why
By Dan Steinbock While the Obama White House prepared plans for regime change in the Philippines, President Trump is working on an assertive strategy in Asia. Meanwhile, President Duterte is accelerating the country’s economic growth – dramatically.
By Dan Steinbock As President Duterte is rebalancing the Philippines’ economic and strategic policies, Washington is preparing plans for regime change. What the country needs is economic development, says Dan Steinbock – not Cold War.
By Roland Simbulan The ideal strategic goal is for the Philippines to enjoy the friendship of the US, Japan and China and not be a pawn in their inevitable conflicts – such as how the South China Sea dispute is being used as the US’ disguised pivot in
By Chandran Nair The Pax Americana is outdated and it is time for regional powers to realign. In the past 30 years, a succession of Southeast Asian leaders was supposed to represent a new direction for regional geopolitics. First there was Malaysia’s
By E. San Juan Jr. “A howling wilderness” was what General Jacob Smith ordered his troops to make of Samar, Philippines. He was taking revenge for the ambush of fifty-four soldiers by Filipino revolutionaries in September 1901. After the
By Pepe Escobar We are plunged at the heart of arguably the key 21st century hotspot in Asian geopolitics. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s game-changing «America has lost» is just a new salvo in arguably the key 21st century geopolitical