June 02, 2022

New CNAS Report: "Revitalizing the U.S.-Philippines Alliance to Address Strategic Competition in the Indo-Pacific"

By CNAS U.S.-Philippines Alliance Task Force, Lisa Curtis, Joshua Fitt, and Zachary Durkee

Washington, June 2, 2022—Today, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) U.S.-Philippines Alliance Task Force released a new report, "Revitalizing the U.S.-Philippines Alliance to Address Strategic Competition in the Indo-Pacific." The report assesses the current state of the U.S.-Philippines relationship and provides recommendations for revitalizing and expanding bilateral ties following a six-year period marked by turbulence and volatility.

The authors argue that the strength of the U.S.-Philippines alliance will become increasingly important as China’s continued rise further challenges a stable order in the Indo-Pacific.

"As competition with China intensifies across the Indo-Pacific, the United States is looking increasingly to its wide network of alliances and partnerships to confront the challenge," write the authors. "China’s growing military and economic power, along with its increasingly aggressive behavior regarding Taiwan and its territorial claims in the East and South China Seas, is putting stress on the rules-based order in the region. As such, U.S. policymakers recognize that leveraging and building upon existing diplomatic and security arrangements will be a key component of an effective long-term strategy for competing with China and maintaining stability in the Indo-Pacific and beyond."

The CNAS U.S.-Philippines Alliance Task Force was formed in April 2021. Its members are Lisa Curtis (Chair and Principal Report Co-Author), John Cinco, Patrick Cronin, Chris Decker, Joseph Felter, Joshua Fitt (Principal Report Co-Author), Richard Fontaine, Michael Green, Richard Jacobson, Nina Hachigian, Brian Harding, Harry Harris, Henry B. Howard, Satu Limaye, Gregory Poling, Jacob Stokes, Chuck Taylor, Reed Werner, and Dennis Wright.

For more information or to schedule an interview with the report authors, please contact Cameron Edinburgh at cedinburgh@cnas.org

Authors

  • CNAS U.S.-Philippines Alliance Task Force

    About the CNAS U.S.-Philippines Alliance Task Force In April 2021, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) launched its Task Force on the U.S.-Philippines Alliance, cons...

  • Lisa Curtis

    Senior Fellow and Director, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Lisa Curtis is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. She is a foreign policy and national security expert with over 20 years of service in...

  • Joshua Fitt

    Associate Fellow, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Joshua Fitt is an Associate Fellow for the Indo-Pacific Security Program at CNAS. He focuses on U.S. East Asian security strategy and specializes in Japanese and Korean penins...

  • Zachary Durkee

    Former Intern, Indo-Pacific Security Program

    Zachary Durkee is a former Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Intern for the Indo-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to CNAS, Durkee interned at ...