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Jay L. Batongbacal | December 12, 2014 | Source: Rappler

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Lucio Blanco Pitlo III | December 9, 2014

As an archipelago, the unity of the islands and the waters surrounding the same is a fundamental tenet for the Philippines. Having one of the world's longest coastlines and possessing a huge expanse of maritime domain to include its Exclusive Economic Zone and Extended Continental Shelf, safeguarding its seas and managing its marine resources long constitute a major challenge for the Philippine government. Aside from this geographical given, domestic and regional factors also put pressure on efforts to police these waters.

Tony La Viña | November 15, 2014 | Source: The Manila Standard

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Cielito F. Habito | November 11, 2014 | Source:

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Mico Galang | November 10, 2014


The aim of this article is to discuss how the Philippines enhanced its national security by forging a more pragmatic foreign policy vis-à-vis its ties with Malaysia. The two countries have a long-standing dispute over the territory of Sabah. This article argues that with the advent of secessionist movements in Mindanao, the Philippines maintained a dormant claim to Sabah in order to gain Malaysian support for a peaceful solution to the Mindanao problem.


Robert Beckman | October 29, 2014 | Source: RSIS Commentaries
Synopsis Several of the reefs occupied by China in the Spratly Islands are being greatly expanded through land reclamation. China’s reclamation activities cannot enhance its claim to sovereignty over the reefs or change the legal status of the reefs under international law. Commentary
Jayant Menon | October 14, 2014 | Source: East Asia Forum
Launched as a political bloc and security pact in the aftermath of the Vietnam War, ASEAN has evolved to embrace an ambitious economic agenda. Its latest project is to establish the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) by 31 December 2015. But is this likely? The blueprint for achieving the goal envisages the AEC standing on four pillars and meeting the deadline depends on progress on each of them.
Reny Harding | October 8, 2014 | Source:

The 2014 APEC summit is scheduled to be held in Beijing this coming November, and until a few days ago, it was anyone’s guess whether Philippine President Benigno Aquino would attend (he will). Unlike with lower level officials, the absence of heads of state in important conferences like APEC are by themselves noteworthy for what they signify in terms of bilateral relations.

Carlos D. Sorreta and Karla Mae G. Pabeliña | October 3, 2014 | Source: CIRSS Commentaries
There are petitions in the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) between the Philippines and the United States. The formal security relationship between the Philippines and the United States, as expressed through international agreements, has been challenged several times before with little success.
Joseph Franco | September 12, 2014 | Source: RSIS Commentaries


The Islamic State (IS) has aroused much media attention in the Philippines, with concerns raised over pledges of allegiance (bay’at) made by leaders of two groups of Muslim militants. However, links remain normative rather than operational, given the dissonance between IS ideology and Mindanao rebels.



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