By Dr. Virginia Bacay Watson

“Post-Hague: The Philippines and Strategic Balance” is a new policy brief written by DKI APCSS’ Dr. Virginia Bacay Watson.

In her brief, Dr. Watson does a preliminary examination of the new Philippine leaders approach to foreign policy specifically of the new challenges and opportunities this has created.

The strategic balance, according to Dr. Watson, “might well be the underpinning for President Duterte’s strategic stance: first, between domestic and international interests, and second, between the United States and China.”

The brief was published as part of Rising Powers Initiative. The Initiative is hosted by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies at the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

It can be read online at:

The views in the article are the author’s own and don’t necessarily reflect those of the U.S. government, the Department of Defense, or the Asia-Pacific Center.