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Philippines’ aspirational maritime power: Is it achievable by 2028?
Sep 01, 2021

Philippines’ aspirational maritime power: Is it achievable by 2028?

As the Philippines prepares to elect a new President next year, we evaluate if the country’s ambitious armed forces modernisation programme can be i

Allies in focus: The US-Japan-Philippines Summit
Apr 16, 2024

Allies in focus: The US-Japan-Philippines Summit

The recent trilateral summit between Japan, the Philippines and the US reflects the shared interests to improve collective response and self-defence i

China-Philippines relations: Will joint military exercises improve ties?
Aug 18, 2023

China-Philippines relations: Will joint military exercises improve ties?

The hope that these drills will result in the deepening of strategic ties between the two nations remains highly unlikely, given Beijing’s unwilling

China-Philippines ties: Towards more escalations in the West Philippine Sea?
Oct 25, 2023

China-Philippines ties: Towards more escalations in the West Philippine Sea?

The speed at which China has escalated its assertive manoeuvres in the West Philippine Sea aligns with the broader context of contemporary internation

EDCA expansion: Implications for the US-Philippines-China triangle
Apr 05, 2023

EDCA expansion: Implications for the US-Philippines-China triangle

Under President Marcos, Manila is keen to strengthen the country’s maritime security capabilities and improve its defence network in the region

How India’s BrahMos deal is not just about Philippines but gives a stronger message to the region
Feb 12, 2022

How India’s BrahMos deal is not just about Philippines but gives a stronger message to the region

The $375 million BrahMos deal will have an impact on the India-China, India-ASEAN as well as the Philippines-China relations

India-Philippines relations: Robust ties for a secure and rules-based Indo-Pacific
Jul 12, 2023

India-Philippines relations: Robust ties for a secure and rules-based Indo-Pacific

India’s intent to play a proactive role in the Indo-Pacific coincides with the Philippines’ need to establish security ties with non-traditional p

Is China losing its trusted partners in Southeast Asia?: The Philippines’ story
Nov 10, 2021

Is China losing its trusted partners in Southeast Asia?: The Philippines’ story

The rising Chinese bellicosity in the South China Sea and the lack of Chinese investments has made the Philippines rethink its China policy

Reinvigorating United States-Philippines Defence Partnership
Feb 06, 2023

Reinvigorating United States-Philippines Defence Partnership

The Philippines has decided to ramp up its defence ties with the US. How will this growing bonhomie impact Philippines-China relations remains to be s

The Strategic Logic Behind India’s Sale of BrahMos Missiles to the Philippines
Jan 21, 2022

The Strategic Logic Behind India’s Sale of BrahMos Missiles to the Philippines

The strategic aspects of the BrahMos sale and India’s assistance to Southeast Asian countries should not be minimized.

US-Philippines security ties: A growth  
Aug 23, 2023

US-Philippines security ties: A growth  

As the China challenge grows in the Pacific, the US looks to tether its Pacific strategy around the Philippines by strengthening their security ties

What China needs to get right about the Philippines
Apr 29, 2023

What China needs to get right about the Philippines

Manila wants to have good ties with Beijing, but it will not allow itself to be subjugated to China’s narrowly defined objectives in the region

Why the Philippines needs a robust “Look West” policy
Jan 25, 2024

Why the Philippines needs a robust “Look West” policy

As the Indo-Pacific continues to emerge at the centre of international security discourse, it will be vital for the Philippines to maximise this oppor

A look at the expanded ambit of the Washington-Manila MDT
May 13, 2023

A look at the expanded ambit of the Washington-Manila MDT

The further strengthening of ties between the US and the Philippines is indicative of the breadth and scope of maritime security arrangements in the r

A renewal of Chinese provocations in the West Philippine Sea
Oct 04, 2023

A renewal of Chinese provocations in the West Philippine Sea

The Philippines needs to strengthen defence and economic ties with like-minded countries to halt Beijing’s growing ambition in the South China Sea

Africa’s delicate diplomacy in the South China Sea dispute
Jun 13, 2024

Africa’s delicate diplomacy in the South China Sea dispute

The ongoing skirmishes in the South China Sea between China and regional states represent another severe threat to the world economy, directly affecti

After Duterte: Key questions on democracy and China policy
Oct 13, 2021

After Duterte: Key questions on democracy and China policy

As the candidates of the 2022 Philippine presidential elections launch their campaigns, questions regarding democracy in the country and its sovereign

Beyond the ‘Lethal’ in lethal autonomous weapons: Applications of LAWS in theatres of conflict for middle powers
Dec 21, 2018

Beyond the ‘Lethal’ in lethal autonomous weapons: Applications of LAWS in theatres of conflict for middle powers

Even as Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems (LAWS) promise to revolutionise the battlefield, very little analysis moves beyond the great powers to examine the interests that middle powers may have in these systems. Shaped by their own geostrategic contexts, demographic issues and geography challenges, countries like India, South Korea, Indonesia or the Philippines may find utility in LAWS for improving the efficiency of their forces, reducing both

Can India’s Defense Industry Make It on the Export Market?
Mar 10, 2022

Can India’s Defense Industry Make It on the Export Market?

A recent sale to the Philippines is a major win, but India faces obstacles to its big ambitions.

Changing the script
Mar 26, 2020

Changing the script

The Chinese government and its private sector, both have reached out to nations as diverse as France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Iran, Iraq, the Philippines, and even the US

Evolving contours of Delhi-Manila ties
Jun 28, 2023

Evolving contours of Delhi-Manila ties

In a region that is increasingly defined by cooperation based on like-mindedness, shared interests, and common concerns, the Philippines-India ties ar

Examining Manila's Contemporary West Philippine Sea Strategy
May 23, 2024

Examining Manila's Contemporary West Philippine Sea Strategy

As China pursues its expansionist ambitions in the greater South China Sea, Philippines President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. is working to enhance his country’s ability to exercise its sovereignty and sovereign rights. Towards this end, Manila is expanding its strategic options through robust external partnerships and national policy recalibrations to secure its lawful waters in what it calls the West Philippine Sea. There are concerns, however, abou

India's Indo-Pacific Outreach
Feb 17, 2022

India's Indo-Pacific Outreach

S Jaishankar’s visit to the Philippines from the Quad summit also showcased India’s willingness to more proactively shape the strategic contours of the Indo-Pacific

India’s nuanced approach in the South China Sea
Apr 20, 2024

India’s nuanced approach in the South China Sea

New Delhi’s strategic recalibration recognises the South China Sea’s critical importance to regional security and the global maritime order

Navigating Contemporary Philippine Foreign Policy Under Marcos Jr.
Jun 20, 2023

Navigating Contemporary Philippine Foreign Policy Under Marcos Jr.

The Philippines continues to be embroiled in the overarching regional dynamics of Southeast Asia influenced by the intensifying power competition between its traditional ally, the United States and its largest immediate neighbour, China. Such geopolitical configurations have put significant pressure on the current administration of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to steer the Philippines through turbulent waters. Thi

Nirmala Sitharaman’s ASEAN summit visit is a step towards Manila
Oct 31, 2017

Nirmala Sitharaman’s ASEAN summit visit is a step towards Manila

As India and the ASEAN celebrate 25 years of their partnership, it is a politically opportune moment to upgrade India’s regional profile.

Pop culture and strategic messaging: How Netflix got caught in the South China Sea dispute
Jan 03, 2022

Pop culture and strategic messaging: How Netflix got caught in the South China Sea dispute

China’s claims over the South China Sea are being pushed forward not just by military intelligence and show strength, but also by soft power

President Kovind’s Manila visit: India’s Act East policy gets a further push
Oct 31, 2019

President Kovind’s Manila visit: India’s Act East policy gets a further push

Philippines is now seen as a key country in India’s Act East policy and its engagement with the ASEAN.

South China Sea disputes: Nearing a solution – or is it?
Jan 05, 2017

South China Sea disputes: Nearing a solution – or is it?

The likely announcement by Philippine President Duterte of the Scarborough Shoal as an environmental marine sanctuary and off limits to fishermen could prove to be the first incremental step towards defusing the South China Sea disputes and in the process endow considerable strategic advantages to Beijing.

South China Sea Monitor | Volume V; Issue 10 | Shifting Sands in the South China Sea
Nov 04, 2016

South China Sea Monitor | Volume V; Issue 10 | Shifting Sands in the South China Sea

Geopolitics of South China Sea appears to be ever-changing with approach of the Philippines towards China assuming a shift under current President Duterte

Squad and the rise of minilateralism in the Indo-Pacific
May 24, 2024

Squad and the rise of minilateralism in the Indo-Pacific

The rise in Chinese aggression in the Indo-Pacific has prompted the emergence of Squad—a minilateral grouping between the US, Japan, Australia and t

The ASEAN’s South China Sea conundrum
Apr 13, 2024

The ASEAN’s South China Sea conundrum

The increasing incidents in the disputed waters of the South China Sea highlight the urgent need for ASEAN to negotiate with China to establish a Code

The case for militarising the Quad just got nudged
Jun 12, 2024

The case for militarising the Quad just got nudged

With the emergence of Squad, a new Pacific multilateral, the question whether the Quad should be militarised has resurfaced

The Manila envelope
Aug 01, 2017

The Manila envelope

India’s financial aid to the Philippines to fight the Islamic State signals a reworking of its Asean outreach

The South China Sea dispute: A new flashpoint in the making?
Mar 21, 2012

The South China Sea dispute: A new flashpoint in the making?

Even though the territorial disputes in the South China Sea is nothing new, the recent confrontations among China, the Philippines, and Vietnam have sparked global concerns. It is being feared that the region is becoming a new flashpoint with serious security consequences.

US churns the South China Sea
Aug 27, 2020

US churns the South China Sea

The new US position has been a shot in the arm for the ASEAN, but they are acutely aware of Beijing’s clout.