Search Results for "Philippines" : 15

by / on November 3, 2012 at 10:30 pm / in Campus, Opinion, Uncategorized, World

Political Minutes: Spotlight on the South China Sea

by from Wikimedia Commons On the evening of Thursday, November 1, 2012, Columbia Law School hosted a panel discussion called “International Law and the South China Sea.” Panelists included Zhou Jian, UN ambassador for the People’s Republic of China and an advisor on maritime law for the PRC; Vietnam’s UN ambassador Le Hoai Trung; Henry Bensurto of the Philippines’ Department of Foreign affairs; Sir Daniel Bethlehem, visiting law profe…

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by / on May 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm / in Uncategorized


…heir worth responding to the destruction caused by the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami, as well as the 2013 Philippines typhoon. In the South China Sea, the situation is also more nuanced. One of the claimants to the Spratly Islands dispute, the Philippines, has not made many advances toward purchasing new naval weapons. Because of inadequate funding, the Philippine navy has had to operate some of the oldest warships in the world, including…

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by / on December 19, 2011 at 11:43 pm / in Asia, National Security, World

Naval State of Mind

…ty of the South China Sea and the islands belonging to it, even though most of the sea is shared by Vietnam, the Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia, and Brunei. This is old news. Recently, however, China has become increasingly assertive in the region. Since February, China has overtly infiltrated Philippines-claimed territory in the South China Sea region on nine occasions. It has also had several encounters with Vietnamese vessels that Vietnam claim…

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by / on September 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm / in Most Recent Column, Op-Ed, Opinion, World

A Balancing Act

…gs. China’s increasing bellicosity in the face of overlapping territorial claims in the South China Sea with the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, and Malaysia has launched a wave of nervous hand-wringing in both Chinese and international media. Vietnam and the Philippines, among others including Japan, India, and most ASEAN countries, have made it very clear that they have no intention of allowing the Chinese complete hegemony over a sea thr…

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by / on September 21, 2014 at 11:46 pm / in Campus, Events

Events 9/22 – 9/28

…a by sending email to His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines 5:30pm – 6:30pm Rotunda, Low Memorial Library This World Leaders Forum program features an address by His Excellency, Benigno S. Aquino III, President of the Republic of the Philippines, followed by a question and answer session with the audience. Co-Sponsored by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute. Registration for…

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by / on April 11, 2013 at 4:05 pm / in Opinion, World

It’s Raining (Rich) Men

by Wikimedia Commons From a financial perspective, the last fifty years or so have not been kind to Southeast Asia. Emerging from the shadow of colonialism, Southeast Asian countries established governments that were, as a rule, economically disadvantaged by the two chief byproducts of corruption: economic inefficiency (leading to the enrichment of a small elite), and capital flight (the disappearance of those elites’ money from their…

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by / on March 17, 2012 at 10:52 am / in Cover Story

Grooming the Globe

…Sawyer Miller Group was paid by the Philippine government to “monitor developments in the US of interest to the Philippines,” as denounced in “The Torturer’s Lobby,” a study conducted by the Center for Public Integrity. The firm contracted a US lobbyist to interact with Congress on behalf of the Philippines. Similarly, the Colombian government in 1991 hired the same firm to help better its image in the USA and be its “eyes and ears” on America’s…

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by / on April 9, 2014 at 9:03 am / in Asia, Issue, Middle East, World

Paki-standing Alone

by Over the last half-century, one of the few constants in both Pakistan and China’s ever-shifting political landscapes has been their intimate and unwavering relationship. In early 2011, Pakistan’s ambassador in Beijing, Masood Khan, vividly described the two countries’ alliance as “higher than the mountains, deeper than the oceans, stronger than steel, dearer than eyesight, and sweeter than honey.” Indeed, China has consistently cha…

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by / on October 5, 2014 at 3:28 pm / in Asia, Web Columnists, World

Anatomizing Abenomics

by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,  by Chatham House [CC-BY-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons By the time Prime Minister Shinzo Abe took office in December 2012, Japan was suffering from lackluster economic performance. As recently reported by CPR columnist Asha Banerjee, growth in Japan was the big story of the 1980s, but by the 1990s, the Asia bubble had burst and Japan’s GDP fell by nearly USD$…

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by / on March 8, 2016 at 9:26 pm / in Asia, Current Issue, World

Competitive Liberalization: a Policy to Leave in the Past

by Acronyms are found throughout today’s foreign policy. Names such as NAFTA and OPEC sum up complex institutions with simple titles. Recently, acronyms like TPP, AIIB, and ASEAN have spelled political tumult for President Obama as he attempts to rebalance towards Asia. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), for instance, commanded public attention due to both its secrecy and its size. But among all these acronyms, one aspect of Am…

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