A common logic—play nice with Beijing, get investment—doesn't fit the facts in the Philippines.
Jihadists know how to take advantage of the unique space for mobilisation offered by the Indonesia–Malaysia–Philippines triborder area. Governments are still catching up.
How an English dictionary documents different eras of linguistic exchange between Filipinos and their colonisers.
Duterte’s violent response to local threats has reignited Mindanao’s conflicts. Regional allies should stand up to his government, not prop it up.
Mishandling the return of civilian evacuees risks creating new pockets of sympathy for violent extremist groups.
The internet is both a factor in, and a victim of, the region’s crisis of democracy.
Democracy in the region finds itself in dark days. Can anything save it?
Mounting Maranao frustration could cause further radicalisation after military operations end.
Extremism filled the credibility vacuum left by the Phillippine state in Marawi. Here’s what Manila can do to build a peace based on trust.
The schooling system makes reading Jose Rizal a chore in the eyes of many young Filipinos. Vicente Rafael and Benedict Anderson's work on Rizal can help them to rediscover the power of his literature.
Preventing more Marawis means appreciating how failures of governance open pathways for radicalisation in Mindanao.
Securing military 'victory' against the Maute Group would only be the start of dealing with lingering grievances and mistrust that undermine peace-building.
The authoritarian president would have us believe military force can solve Mindanao’s problems. History shows how wrong he is.
The security rationale for Duterte’s declaration of martial law may apply in Mindanao. But is it a test balloon for further authoritarian measures?
New mass incarceration policies in both the Philippines and the US threaten to erode years of progress.
Will resetting the US-Philippines relationship put a stop to souring relations?
2016 was not a good year for the region's civil liberties, writes Bridget Welsh.
A dictator’s hero’s burial and the Philippines’ post-EDSA democratic crisis.