ADRi Town Hall Discussion: “Prioritizing the National Interest in Philippine Foreign Policy: Strengthening Alliances and Strategic Partnerships in the Indo-Pacific”

This forum aimed to convene government agencies, members of the diplomatic community, local and regional experts, and civil society organizations to share their insights and recommendations on the various Indo-Pacific strategies and the Philippines’ independent foreign policy under the Marcos, Jr. administration. Read More

Should the 1950 Mutual Defense Treaty be reworded or modified?

On Nov. 22, 2022, while appearing in the TV news program One News: The Chiefs, National Security Adviser Clarita Carlos revealed that top Philippine security and foreign relations cluster officials were scheduled to meet to review the 1951 Philippine-U.S. Mutual Defense Treaty (MDT).

According to her, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. ordered a review of the MDT considering several U.S. requests and proposals, particularly about the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). Read More