Philippines


2017 Strongmen: Duterte

With the controversial elections of Hungarian President Viktor Orbán, Austrian President Norbert Hofer, American President Donald Trump, the popularity of Dutch Geert Wilders, French Marine Le Pen and Polish Jaroslaw Kaczynski, as well as the popularity of the Greek Golden Dawn and the Sweden’s Democrat parties, the rise of right-wing […]


Deteriorating US-China Relations And The Battle For The South China Sea

On March 6, 2017, North Korea tested its ballistic missiles, continuing with the expansion of its nuclear program and disregarding the Trump administration’s threat to undertake military action if Pyongyang does not comply with international laws regarding nuclear proliferation. A US naval carrier was recently dispatched to establish a presence in […]


Extrajudicial Killings And Human Rights Abuses In The Philippines: What Can Australia Do?

In previous weeks, I have discussed the human rights concerns over the ‘war on drugs’ in the Philippines, and how Australia can improve its own human rights record. This report will build on and converge these ideas to investigate how Australia can advocate for and improve human rights in Southeast […]


China’s Friendlier Face To The World At The 12th National People’s Congress

The 12th National People’s Congress of China brought about some important announcements regarding China’s foreign policy directions. Given the recent troubles in the region, China aimed to send out a positive message to its neighbours. Much of the messages and the principles behind them are not completely new, but were […]


A New Approach To The Ongoing South China Sea Disputes

The Issue Rival nations have grappled over territory in the South China Sea for decades, but tensions have steadily risen in recent years. China, Vietnam, Philippines, Taiwan, Malaysia and Brunei all have competing claims over the Paracel and Spratly islands. This is a dispute over territory and sovereignty which coincides […]