Great Decisions at the Library is an ever-popular program about foreign policy! It is sponsored by the Bainbridge Public Library with funding support from the Bainbridge Island Friends of the Library and a generous donation in memory of Louise Brody Weissman.
Great Decisions at the Library
Saturdays, January 25 to March 7, 2020
9:30 - 11 a.m.
January 25: The Philippines and the U.S.
Moderator: Vincent Rafael, Professor of History, Jackson School of International Studies
The Philippines has had a special relationship with the United States since the islands were ceded by Spain to the United States after the Spanish-American War at the end of the 19th century. However, since the election of Rodrigo Duterte, the country has pivoted more toward China, and away from the U.S. Duterte has also launched a large-scale war on drugs that many criticize for its brutality. What does the future hold for U.S, relations with the Philippines?
Suggested Readings: America at a Crossroads. International Policy Digest, August 7, 2019. Twilight of Duterte presidency might also mean last days of Philippines’ long entanglement with the US. South China Morning Post, January 4, 2020. Why Duterte Will Never Visit Trump’s White House. Asia Times, January 3, 2020.