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.

Duterte previously declared his intention to abrogate the Visiting Forces Agreement that authorized US military personnel to train with the Armed Forces of the Philippines and a key element of the bilateral security relationship. Termination has now been suspended, and 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 left in his term, where is President Duterte taking Philippine policy? 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 the U.S. strategy to sustain its relationship with the Philippines?

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

Armed drones continue to proliferate, and States remain largely silent on their legal justifications guiding targeted drone strikes. Without bold leadership and multilateral collaboration, the global community remains at risk of unchecked proliferation and irresponsible use and export of drones.

In this webinar, experts will discuss current trends, initiatives, and opportunities that could be undertaken in a multilateral and collaborative process to build meaningful standards on the proliferation and use of armed drones.

This edited volume sheds new light on US interventions in Southeast Asia after World War II, including US bombings in Laos and Cambodia. Please join us on October 28 for a discussion with Noam Chomsky, Elaine Russell, Channapha Khamvongsa, and Ngo Vinh Long and chapter authors about the way that this history continues to shape the lives of people in Southeast Asia today.

Contrary to the perception that Southeast Asia is a mere recipient of the Chinese attempt to dominate the region, countries in the region have developed diverse strategies to cope with China’s growing influence. This discussion seeks to explore the origins, methods, and success of different Southeast Asian countries’ counterstrategy to China, as well as the role of the United States.

Join the Stimson Center and the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) Monitor for a discussion about transparency in the global arms trade, featuring insights from the 2020 ATT Monitor Annual Report. The event will launch a new Stimson analysis, “Reporting During a Pandemic: Reflections on the Arms Trade Treaty 2019 Annual Reports.”

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