Strategic and Political

Justice and Bar Council Briefing

On April 27, the US-Philippines Society hosted a meeting with Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II and members of the Justice and Bar Council. Among the topics discussed was the recently signed four-year US-Philippines Child Protection Compact Partnership aimed to deter child trafficking and exploitation through prosecution and conviction of offenders …

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Cultural and EducationalStrategic and Political

The Duterte Administration: Governance and Management Style

On April 19, journalist and best-selling author Marites D. Vitug gave an insightful presentation on Duterte’s presidential style. At a round table discussion held by the US-Philippines Society in cooperation with the JHU SAIS Southeast Asia Studies Program, Marites Vitug discussed the inner workings of his cabinet and the role of …

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Strategic and Political

Philippine Forum Highlights Challenges in Combating the Drug Epidemic

WASHINGTON, D.C.- At the December 12 forum, “Philippines 2016: Confronting the Drug Problem,” U.S. and Philippine government officials and public health experts offered insights into the magnitude of the drug epidemic in the Philippines, anti-drug initiatives launched by President Rodrigo R. Duterte, and recommendations for the right mix of public health …

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Strategic and Political

Secretary Perfecto Yasay Welcomed by US-Philippines Society Directors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – On September 16, the US-Philippines Society Directors hosted a luncheon in honor of Foreign Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr. on his first official visit to Washington, D.C. The Secretary was in Washington DC for talks with U.S. government officials, an international oceans conference, and meetings with the …

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Regional SecurityStrategic and Political

South China Sea: Policy Review & Recommendations

MARYLAND – On 17-19 November, US-Philippines Society Co-chair Ambassador John D. Negroponte convened a 2-day workshop  on strategic developments in the South China Sea  at the prestigious Aspen Wye River Conference Center, Maryland. The workshop attracted policymakers and experts on China, Japan, Vietnam, India and the Philippines. Findings were to become part …

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Past EventsStrategic and Political

November 16: SAIS Philippines Roundtable on the President Duterte Administration’s Foreign Policy

The Duterte Foreign Policy: Return of Equi-balancing The Duterte Administration has sought to expand partnerships during visits to China, Japan, Indonesia, Brunei, Thailand and Malaysia. President Duterte’s recent actions indicate the Philippines is strengthening its naval and coast guard capabilities with help from Japan and South Korea. With President-elect Donald Trump, the …

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Strategic and Political

The Duterte Administration: The First 100 Days

Ambassador Maisto presented an in-depth analysis of the policy direction of the new Duterte administration at the SAIS PH Round table on 12 October. He cited President Duterte’s domestic agenda aimed at enhancing peace and order, reducing corruption and red tape, addressing traffic congestion, strengthening environmental protections, fighting criminality in …

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Strategic and Political

US-Philippines Society Board Called On Former President Aquino And Exchanged Views With Newly-Elected President Duterte

PHILIPPINES – On June 22-24 , six weeks after Filipinos elected President Rodrigo R. Duterte in a historic voter turnout, the US-Philippines Society Board of Directors convened in Manila and Davao,  for a board meeting program and business mission. The three-day program was highlighted by a call on former President …

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Strategic and Political

Preview of the Policy Agenda of the Duterte Administration by Director General Claro Cristobal

WASHINGTON D.C. – On June 6, at the Philippines Roundtable, co-sponsored by the Society, the Philippine Embassy and SAIS Southeast Asia Studies, featured guest speaker Director-General Claro S. Cristobal offered an initial scan of the policy agenda of the Duterte administration. As a precondition to progress and development, President Duterte …

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Strategic and Political

Key Issues in US-Philippines Relations in 2016 And Beyond

WASHINGTON, D.C.- On May 4, 2016, with just five days before Filipinos cast their votes for president and vice-president, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace hosted the second Philippines Votes 2016 forum.Four Southeast Asia experts offered perspectives on post-election foreign policy challenges, including internal security threats, tensions arising from territorial …

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