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[OPINION] Will soft power save the rules-based order?

Sep 02, 2018 - 9:05 AM

Soft power seeks the long-term view – the weaving of a powerful narrative that avoids the use of force and coercion but instead utilizes inducement

Duterte foreign policy, Anti-Distracted Driving Act, Mike Pence | Evening wRap

May 22, 2017 - 10:53 PM

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Impeachment complaint, Duterte honorary doctorate, North Korea | Midday wRap

May 22, 2017 - 1:41 PM

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Duterte to receive honorary degree from Russian institute

May 22, 2017 - 9:46 AM

A month after declining an honorary doctorate degree from the University of the Philippines UP Duterte is expected to accept one from Russia s elite school for diplomats

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Mar 03, 2017 - 11:29 AM

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Despite Duterte foreign policy, Filipinos still trust U.S. the most – poll

Mar 02, 2017 - 8:02 PM

The results of a Social Weather Stations survey also shows China and Russia – President Rodrigo Duterte s favored allies – earning the trust of more Filipinos

HRW on war on drugs: PH needs 'international intervention'

Feb 20, 2017 - 8:45 PM

Describing the Philippine situation as a human rights calamity Human Rights Watch Deputy Director Phelim Kine says the Philippines needs an urgent international intervention to address human rights violations

HUMAN RIGHTS. Human Rights Watch Deputy Director Philem Kine says that the human rights problem in the country require international intervention. Photo by Marvin Tandayu

Filipinos trust U.S., distrust China and Russia – survey

Jan 12, 2017 - 1:31 PM

This comes as President Rodrigo Duterte forges an independent foreign policy that junks subservience to the US and seeks non traditional partners

BOOSTING TIES. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte speaks with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua on the sidelines of the New Year Vin d'Honneur in Malacanang on January 11, 2017. Photo by Toto Lozano/Presidential Photo

FAST FACTS: PH-Cambodia relations through the years

Dec 13, 2016 - 3:13 PM

President Duterte will be the 5th Philippine president to visit Cambodia

EU lagging on climate targets – study

Nov 08, 2016 - 1:46 PM

The EU as a bloc has pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 40 by 2030 compared with 1990 levels

Rappler Talk: US Ambassador Goldberg on PH pivot to China

Oct 20, 2016 - 2:54 PM

As he approaches the end of his term Ambassador Goldberg weighs in on Manila s pivot to China

Ramos: PH 'losing badly' in Duterte's first 100 days

Oct 09, 2016 - 11:36 PM

Former president Fidel V Ramos says President Rodrigo Duterte became stuck in unending controversies about extrajudicial killings of drug suspects and in his ability at using cuss words and insults

DUTERTE AND FVR. President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Former President Fidel V. Ramos during the Testimonial Dinner Reception organized by the San Beda Law Alumni Association on July 14, 2016. Photo by TOTO LOZANO/PPD

The contest for international support on the South China Sea disputes

Jun 01, 2016 - 2:52 PM

What the apparent diplomatic contest between the Philippines and China as they vie for international support to their respective positions reveal

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Erdogan says offended by Obama's press freedom rebuke

Apr 03, 2016 - 3:48 PM

He did not talk to me about this kind of thing In our previous telephone conversations we talked about other more useful things than press freedom says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan

TURKY AND USA. In this file photo, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (L) and US President Barack Obama attend a family photo at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey, November 15, 2015. File photo by Berk Ozkan/EPA

Hollande starts India visit, says jet deal will 'take time'

Jan 24, 2016 - 5:15 PM

The invitation for Hollande to be chief guest at India s Republic Day military parade on Tuesday raises expectations that the multi billion dollar agreement for the Rafale jets will finally be nailed down

File photo by Yoan Valat/EPA

Hong Kong 'Umbrella' leaders seek closer ties with Taiwan

Jan 17, 2016 - 4:41 PM

Whether it is the issue of Taiwan s sovereignty or the future of Hong Kong we both face the China factor says Joshua Wong the teenage face of the Umbrella Movement

UMBRELLA. In this file photo, pro-democracy protesters of Hong Kong's civil disobedience 'Umbrella Movement' sing Christmas carols in the street in defiance of the Hong Kong police who claim the protesters are breaking the law by committing 'unlawful assembly', Causeway Bay, Hong Kong, China, 24 December 2014. Photo by Alex Hofford/EPA

Turkey calls for dialogue with Russia to narrow differences

Dec 05, 2015 - 9:00 PM

A Turkey government official calls for dialogue with Russia to narrow differences

TENSIONS. File photo of Flags of North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) member countries fly in front of the Nato headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, 28 July 2015. EPA/JULIEN WARNAND

Detained Taiwanese activists slam Singapore clampdown

Nov 08, 2015 - 1:33 PM

Their comments came as protests broke out again overnight in Taipei over the summit the first time leaders from both sides of the strait have met since their split in 1949

MA-XI. Supporters of Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou display banners that read ‘go Ma Ying-jeou, support Ma-Xi summit’ outside the Sungshan Air force Base during a demonstration in Taipei on November 7, 2015. Angry protesters tried to storm parliament overnight as the island's leader Ma Ying-jeou left for a historic summit in Singapore with Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

S. Korea, China, Japan put hostility aside at rare summit

Nov 01, 2015 - 5:36 PM

South Korean President Park Geun Hye and Chinese and Japanese premiers Li Keqiang and Shinzo Abe discuss a wide range of topics from free trade to the threat of North Korea s nuclear weapons program

SUMMIT. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (L) speaks besides Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) and South Korean President Park Geun-hye (C) during a news conference after a trilateral summit at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 1, 2015. Photo by Kim Hong-Ji/AFP/ POOL

The wRap Indonesia: Indonesian experts in Saudi, new mammal discovered

Oct 07, 2015 - 6:00 AM

Other stories include the importance of Indonesia for the Trans Pacific Partnership Indonesia s defense of its haze fighting efforts and Malaysia s sanctions from FIFA

DEAL SEALED. Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries participate in the closing press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 5, 2015. Erik S Lesser/EPA

TPP must draw in Indonesia to be even more successful

Oct 06, 2015 - 12:17 PM

To really prove its muscle the Trans Pacific Partnership will have to draw in other major countries both economic powers such as South Korea and large emerging markets like India and Indonesia

DEAL SEALED. Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries participate in the closing press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 5, 2015. Erik S Lesser/EPA

12 Pacific countries seal huge free trade deal

Oct 05, 2015 - 8:56 PM

UPDATED The deal on the Trans Pacific Partnership aims to set the rules for 21st century trade and investment and press China not one of the 12 to shape its behavior in commerce to the TPP standards

DEAL SEALED. Trade ministers from the twelve Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries participate in the closing press conference in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, October 5, 2015. Erik S Lesser/EPA

Obama, Xi make climate vow but clash on rights, islands

Sep 25, 2015 - 10:49 PM

UPDATED The world s top two economic powers are also its biggest polluters and campaigners hail their commitment to reduce emissions as a key step toward a global climate pact before the end of the year

Poll: Americans troubled by China ties, economy

Sep 09, 2015 - 11:19 PM

Half or more of the people questioned for the Pew Research Center survey rated these areas as serious problems

Back in MNL: Harvard's largest student conference in Asia-Pacific

Aug 06, 2015 - 12:55 PM

After a 21 year absence the Harvard – Asia conference goes back to Manila with the theme Confronting Asia s Development Challenges through innovation

UNCLOS Part XII and protecting South China Sea's marine environment

Jul 22, 2015 - 9:23 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Reclamation activities undertaken at the expense of the marine environment represents an abuse of rights and a failure to fulfill obligation under international law

Status of reclamation activities in Gaven Reef as of December 12, 2014. Image courtesy Department of National Defense

MH17 families sue Ukraine rebel for $900 million

Jul 16, 2015 - 10:20 PM

Relatives of 17 victims are being represented by a US based firm specialising in aviation litigation which is claiming at least 50 million for each of the plaintiffs loved ones

Protecting the stateless: Proposing an ASEAN response to the Rohingya

Jul 08, 2015 - 11:17 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Can ASEAN protect the rights of the Rohingyas considered as stateless by some through a regional initiative?

RESCUED. Myanmar and Bangladeshi Rohingya migrants rescued by local Indonesian fisherman arrive in Kuala Langsa, East Aceh, Indonesia, on May 15, 2015. Photo by Hotli Simanjuntak/EPA

Queen's Europe speech raises eyebrows in Britain

Jun 25, 2015 - 11:47 PM

The reported comment was widely interpreted as support for the campaign for Scotland to remain a part of the United Kingdom

Mi figue, mi raisin: Filipinos' culture of migration in the age of globalization

Jun 25, 2015 - 11:31 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Present day migration and issues that surround it may only be understood and addressed more clearly by similarly understanding how the wheels of globalization have fueled migration particularly labor migration

Overseas Filipino workers lining up at the immigration checkpoint at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. File photo/AFP

A Philippine soldier's first Father's Day celebration

Jun 20, 2015 - 3:25 PM

One man s struggle between the call of duty and love for his family

Graphics by Alejandro Edoria

Integrating a gender perspective in UN peace support operations

Jun 15, 2015 - 10:43 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Integrating women in peace operations is not only to mainstream gender equality in operations but has a greater meaning in terms of safeguarding international peace and stability

Nepalese UN Peacekeepers visit an orphanage in Kenscoff, Haiti, with medical supplies, September 8, 2009, Kenscoff, Haiti. Logan Abassi/UN Photo

South Korean aid to PH: Realities and possibilities

Jun 11, 2015 - 9:04 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] To make an impact in the Philippines South Korea’s ODA must continuously complement the development needs of the country

PARTNERS. South Korean President Park Geun-Hye (R) shakes hands with Philippines President Benigno Aquino III (L) during a bilateral meeting at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit at Bexco in Busan, South Korea, December 11, 2014. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/EPA

Saudi lashing sentence for blogger 'medieval' – Swedish FM

Jun 09, 2015 - 11:19 PM

The minister reiterates comments that led to a diplomatic row between Stockholm and Riyadh in March

Heavy police presence for G7 as protesters stage colorful demos

Jun 07, 2015 - 12:07 AM

The main street in Garmisch Partenkirchen around 15 kilometers from the Elmau Castle where world leaders will gather from Sunday is lined with riot police keeping a watchful eye on demonstrators

PROTEST. Policemen walk alongside a rally of anti-G7 protesters in Germany on June 6, 2015, ahead of the G7 summit. Photo by Robert Michael/AFP

Japan's Abe visits Ukraine ahead of tough G7 summit

Jun 06, 2015 - 9:52 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tells Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko that he resolutely opposes a military solution to the conflict roiling the troubled country s separatist east

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speaks during a joint press conference with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (not pictured) in Cairo, Egypt, 17 January 2015. Khaled Elfiqi/EPA

Greek PM between rock and hard place as clock ticks on deal

Jun 06, 2015 - 6:00 PM

Greece and its international creditors wrangle for weeks as they try to hammer out a reform plan that will unlock the final 7 2 billion euros in bailout funds for Athens

DEFIANT. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/ EPA

Don't be afraid of Russia, Putin tells West

Jun 06, 2015 - 5:33 PM

Only a sick person — and even then only in his sleep — can imagine that Russia would suddenly attack NATO says Russian President Vladimir Putin

OLYMPIC STANDOFF. A photograph made available on January 19 showing Russian President Vladimir Putin gesturing during a television interview for Channel One, Russia-1, ABC News, BBC, CCTV in Sochi, Russia, 17 January 2014. Media reports state that Putin has defended Russia's law on 'gay propaganda' ahead of the Sochi Olympic Games, but he states that he was not prejudiced against homosexuals. Photo by Aleksey Nikolskyi/Ria Novosti/EPA

India, Bangladesh to seal border pact as Modi visits

Jun 06, 2015 - 4:19 PM

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to sign a raft of trade and transport deals and meet Bangladesh s embattled opposition leader Khaleda Zia

In this August 16, 2014 file photo, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves as he leaves after the commissioning of the Indian Navy's newly-commissioned warship INS Kolkata in Mumbai. Punit Paranjpe/File/AFP

Top China, Taiwan officials meet amid protests

May 23, 2015 - 4:51 PM

China s rejection of Taiwan as a founding member of the Beijing led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank is expected to be raised at the officials meeting

An environmental turn in the South China Sea disputes

May 18, 2015 - 7:15 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Framing the South China Sea disputes as an environmental concern and not just a sovereignty and jurisdiction issue broadens the number of stakeholders involved

BURIED REEFS. A photo obtained by Rappler shows the status of reclamation activities in Keenan (Chigua) Reef in the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) as of December 12, 2014.

The Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank: Considerations for the Philippines

May 17, 2015 - 8:30 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Developing member countries of the AIIB such as the Philippines will have to adhere and implement transparency efficiency and accountability in the utilization of loans and investments it receives

In this file photo, Chinese Finance Minister Lou Jiwei (L) gives a speech with the guests of the signing ceremony of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, 24 October 2014. EPA/Takaki Yajima / POOL

The Philippines in ASEAN-South Korea relations

May 17, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] How can the Philippines take advantage and maximize its participation in ASEAN South Korea relations?

(L-R) Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Myanmar President Thein Sein, South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, Philippines President Benigno Aquino III, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-O-cha, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and The Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah pose for a photo session at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit in Busan City, South Korea, December 12, 2014. Jung Yeon-Je/Pool/EPA

Is ASEAN meeting targets in services trade liberalization?

May 16, 2015 - 7:45 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Given the robust performance of the services sector and its importance to global and regional economies ASEAN needs to continue to facilitate its services trade

Silhouetted image of Filipino workers resting on top of a construction site of a building in Manila, Philippines, April 1, 2014. Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

Vatican to recognize Palestinian state

May 14, 2015 - 2:30 AM

The agreement may be signed this weekend by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to the Vatican for the canonization of two new Palestinian saints

VATICAN CITY. Pope Francis speaks to pilgrims, gathered on St. Peter's square at the Vatican, from the window of his apartment during his Sunday Regina Coeli prayer on June 1, 2014. Photo by AFP / Vincenzo Pinto

#MaryJaneLives: Ano na ang susunod?

May 02, 2015 - 2:36 PM

MaryJaneLives Anong gagawin mo pag humupa na ang hashtag?

China leads alternative int'l poli-econ: An avenue PH must explore

Apr 24, 2015 - 6:23 PM

China is part of a global movement that ushers in a new international political economy What s in it for the Philippines?

Peacekeeping in a volatile environment

Apr 14, 2015 - 10:57 AM

[CIRSS Commentaries] The Philippines in Golan Heights and beyond: Hostile environments make it difficult to guarantee the safety and respect for peacekeepers

PEACEKEEPERS. The UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) mission in Syria. File photo by UN

Challenges to Malaysia's 2015 ASEAN chairmanship

Apr 12, 2015 - 12:07 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] Its ability to lead will be tested as it balances to secure the interests of the region along with its national interests

Walking a thin line: 50 years of PH-Iran relations

Mar 15, 2015 - 12:30 PM

[CIRSS Commentaries] The uphill climb in Philippine Iranian relations in recent years is thus not of its own making but by external forces