Politics & Security


Philippines-US Security Relations: Deepening the Alliance

by Julio S. Amador III and Karla Mae Pabeliña
In this essay, the authors explain the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement or EDCA, its political, economic, and security implications to the Philippines and the rest of the region, as well as identify the challenges that it will face.

Asia Matters for America Featured on BBC World News

by Alex Forster
BBC World News recently highlighted Asia Matters for America data to emphasize the importance of US-Asia ties.

Australia’s Gains in Northeast Asia Pave the Way for Obama’s Trip

by Hayley Channer
Abbott’s many deliverables from his trip reflect that one of America’s closest allies in the region is committed to deepening its ties both with other US allies and with America’s main strategic competitor, simultaneously reinforcing the US alliance structure and...

Moving ASEAN-US Security Relations to a New Level?

by Mary Fides Quintos and Joycee Teodoro
The United States has just completed hosting a three-day forum with the ten ASEAN Defense Ministers in Hawai‘i, fulfilling US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s invitation to his ASEAN counterparts during last year’s Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

Latest Edition of “ASEAN Matters for America” Launched at Capitol Hill Event

by Alex Forster
The latest edition of the ASEAN Matters for America/America Matters for ASEAN publication was launched on Wednesday, April 9th with an event on Capitol Hill in Washington. Wednesday’s event included remarks by US Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland and Congressman Ed Royce...
The first US-ASEAN Defense Forum emphasized not only the U.S. rebalance to Asia, but also the increasing security role of ASEAN in the region. It highlighted cooperation on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts, which are growing concerns in the region.

Virginia Governor McAuliffe Signs East Sea Labeling Bill into Law

by Alex Forster
Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe has signed a bill that will affect all textbooks approved by the Virginia Board of Education after July 1st of this year, requiring that all textbooks that make reference to the Sea of Japan must contain language indicating that it is...