News by The Strategist

Duterte changes the South China Sea tone (Graeme Dobell)

Rodrigo Duterte is a maddening, murderous maverick who’s achieved a weird feat in the South China Sea (SCS)—delivering benefits to both China and the United States. His swing towards China offers Beijing all sorts of goodies, from the possibility of a bilateral deal in the SCS to a chance to unbalance the US rebalance.

Colombia’s president sells the skin before catching the bear (Cesar Alvarez)

This year won’t only be remembered by who gets elected to the Oval Office. It’ll also be known as the year the Colombian public rejected a hard-fought peace deal with the leftist guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

The rules of extraction: Australia and the Timor Sea (Elisabeth Buchan)

On 19 September, Timor-Leste won a minor victory in its ongoing dispute with Australia over rights to resources in the Timor Sea. The UN Conciliation Commission, convened under the Annex V conciliation proceedings of UN Convention of the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), rejected Australia’s bid to block proceedings.

Duterte’s strongman populism is working (Richard Javad Heydarian, East Asia Forum)

Less than three months into his term, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is confronting a paradox of power. Duterte has amassed enough political capital to radically reform and revitalise the country’s emaciated institutions. He has swiftly expanded his grip on the Philippine political system, making him arguably the country’s most powerful president since the fall of the Ferdinand Marcos regime.