Philippines


The Philippines’ Child Jihadists

The use of child soldiers is well established in the Philippines, where all of the factors that make children vulnerable to recruitment exist prominently. Child soldiers are likewise integral to The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS)’s long-term global strategy. Worryingly, these trends conflate with the protracted history of […]


U.S. Warship Sails Near Disputed Island In The South China Sea

Over the past few days, the USS Stehem sailed close to Triton Island, which is part of the Paracel Islands archipelago, a territory claimed by China, Taiwan, and Vietnam in the South China Sea dispute. The warship, a guided-missile destroyer, sailed below the territorial limits that are internationally recognized, which […]


Islamist Militants Besiege City In The Philippines

On May 23rd, fighters from the Maute group, who have pledged allegiance to the Islamic State (IS), took over the predominantly Muslim Malawi City in Mindanao, Philippines. The current occupation and conflict between the Islamist militants and government troops has continued for almost three weeks. The Filipino military has reported […]


Continued Doubt And Tensions Surrounding The South China Sea

The South China Sea maritime dispute continues to present nasty surprises despite the lowering of tensions since 2016. The recent Chinese push for its Belt and Road Initiative and the ongoing draft of the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea has rekindled some of the old tensions and […]


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 […]