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The Future of U.S.-Philippine Alliance

Changing regional dynamics and new realities in Philippine domestic politics over the past four years have posed challenges to policy makers in both Washington and Manila.

In February President Duterte announced a termination of the Visiting Forces Agreement, a key element in the bilateral security relationship, but termination has now been suspended.

Last month during his UNGA speech Duterte articulated a more forceful defense of the Philippine position on the South China Sea dispute. With less than two years remaining in his term, are we seeing hints of “rebalance” in Duterte’s “equi-balanced” foreign policy approach toward the U.S., China, and other major players? What is motivating the Philippines, and what is the U.S. strategy for sustaining ties with the Philippines.


October 21, 2020

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM EDT

Dr. Renato Cruz De Castro
Professor in the International Studies Department &
Charles Lui Chi Keung Professorial Chair in China Studies
De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines


Ambassador Thomas C. Hubbard
former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines
Senior Director, McLarty Associates
Founding Director, US-Philippines Society

Moderated by

William M. Wise
Chair, Southeast Asia Forum
Nonresident Fellow, Southeast Asia Program
Henry L. Stimson Center

This event is co-hosted by the US-Philippines Society and Stimson Center’s Southeast Asia Forum.


Renato Cruz De Castro is a full professor in the International Studies Department, De La Salle University, Manila, and holds the Charles Lui Chi Keung Professorial Chair in China Studies. His research interests include Philippine-U.S. security relations and Philippine defense and foreign policy.

Ambassador Thomas C. Hubbard is former U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines (1996-2000) and South Korea (2001-04).

He is a Founding Director of the US-Philippines Society. Earlier in his nearly forty-year foreign service career, he served seven years in Japan and was Deputy Chief of Mission and acting Ambassador in Malaysia. He held key Washington postings, including Philippines Desk Officer, Country Director for Japan, and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs.

In addition to the US-Philippines Society, Ambassador Hubbard currently sits on various advisory boards including as Chairman of The Korea Society in New York City. He received his BA in political science from the University of Alabama and has been awarded honorary doctorates by the University of Maryland and the University of Alabama.

William M. Wise is a Nonresident Fellow affiliated with the Southeast Asia Program at the Henry L. Stimson Center. He is currently developing the new Southeast Asia Resource Center at Stimson, a project to promote and sustain the study of Southeast Asia at colleges and universities in the Mid-Atlantic region.

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