Looking South, Looking West: Manila Views Security Threats to the Philippines

The Philippines faces security challenges from within –maintaining peace in Muslim Mindanao and managing armed insurgency by the Communist Party of the Philippines’–as well as in the contested waters of the South China Sea where Chinese aggression threatens Philippine territorial claims. Although the military alliance with the U.S. is viewed as key to sustaining Philippine defense capabilities by the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Duterte administration has sent mixed signals about the U.S. alliance. Join us for a discussion with Ann Bajo and Greg Poling about the Philippines’ security problems from Manila’s perspective.

Featured Speakers

Ann Bajo, Defense Research Analyst, Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management of the Armed Forces of the Philippines

Ann Bajo is a Defense Research Analyst for the Office for Strategic Studies and Strategy Management, Armed forces of the Philippines. She conducts strategic, special and policy studies to assist the Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines in his decision-making relative to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine national security. Bajo was a member of the Command Post Exercise Planning Conferences for BALIKATAN (2017-2018) and ASEAN Chief of Defense Forces Informal Meeting (ACDFIM). From October 2017 to December 2018, she was consultant for the Joint Special Operations Group documenting the military operations during the Marawi Crisis and member of the TWG of the Marawi Crisis Lessons Learned.

Gregory B. Poling, Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia and Director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, CSIS

Gregory B.Poling is a senior fellow for Southeast Asia and director of the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative at CSIS. He oversees research on U.S. foreign policy in the Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on the maritime domain and the countries of Southeast Asia. His research interests include the South China Sea disputes, democratization in Southeast Asia, and Asian multilateralism. Mr. Poling’s writings have been featured in Foreign Affairs, the Wall Street Journal, Nikkei Asian Review, and Foreign Policy, among othersand he has authored a broad range of reports on regional affairs. Mr. Poling received an M.A. in international affairs from American University and a B.A. in history and philosophy from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Moderated by

William Wise, Non-resident Fellow at the Stimson Center

This event is co-hosted with the US–Philippines Society.

Part of the Southeast Asia Forum Project
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