Other than the South China Sea (SCS) disputes, the Philippines in 2015 faced the same conditions as in 1996: keeping a sustainable peace in Mindanao, presidential elections, and a promising economy. The year was capped by the country’s hosting of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit. Chinese assertiveness challenged ASEAN’s unity and made closer Philippine ties to Washington and Tokyo an imperative.
The Philippines in 2015: A House Still Not in Order?
Carolina Hernandez is Founding President, Institute for Strategic and Development Studies (ISDS Philippines), and Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Email: <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
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Carolina Hernandez; The Philippines in 2015: A House Still Not in Order?. Asian Survey 1 February 2016; 56 (1): 115–122. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2016.56.1.115
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