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A Quest For Regional Solutions

Challenges and Prospects for Conflicts in the South China Sea

What does China’s rise mean to the Asia Pacific region and how to deal with it? That is the question most frequently addressed by scholars, analysts, and decision-makers right now. But what if China is not rising? What if it has risen already? What if unilateral approaches provide no solution? Assuming this is the case, it’s worth looking, not only at China itself, but instead for regional solutions and answers. more…

Benedikt Seemann, Tonette de Jesus | November 18, 2016

Bandits or Terrorists?

The Abu Sayyaf Group between Economic Interests and Religious Ideals

The Abu Sayyaf Group was designated as a terrorist organisation by the U.S. State Department at the end of the 1990s. The Philippine authorities followed suit in September 2015, more than 15 years later. The group made several references to its links to al-Qaeda and the Islamic State. Nonetheless, this article argues against its reckless tagging as an “Islamic terrorist organisation” by some, thereby calling for a more scrupulous approach in dealing with the complex conflict situation on the ground. more…

Benedikt Seemann | International Reports | April 4, 2016

Partnership with the Philippines

50th Anniversary

KAS Philippines Office has published an updated brochure that summarizes the history of KAS's work in the country and gives a detailed overview of the current work of KAS and its institutional partners in the country. more…

Benedikt Seemann, Dr. Peter Köppinger, Miriam Fischer | March 9, 2016

President Aquino’s Last Mile

An (Early) Assessment of His Presidency

On June 27, 2015, Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III delivered his sixth and final State of the Nation Address (SONA) before Congress. Since Aquino, due to the term limit provided by the constitution, is not allowed to run for a second term in the national elections in May 2016, it is time for an (early) assessment of his Presidency. more…

Benedikt Seemann | Country Reports | August 7, 2015

The Philippine Diaspora

Serfdom and the American Dream

The everyday reality of about twelve million Filipinos overseas vary tremendously. While many have succeeded in the U.S., migrant workers in the Gulf States face inhumane working conditions and exploitation. In that respect, the Philippine government is aiming for stricter laws. However, creating better and sustainable living conditions in the Philippines is far more important for people to have an alternative to migration. more…

Benedikt Seemann, Miriam Fischer | March 16, 2015