Dealing with a Prickly Ally

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Since becoming President in June, Rodrigo Duterte has used his forceful personality to take Filipino policy in new directions. For Western allies like the U.S., this has led to confusing public statements that have forced them to question the strength of their partnerships. The Cipher Brief spoke with political scientist Richard Heydarian of LaSalle University to learn more about Duterte’s motivations and future plans for Filipino foreign policy.

The Cipher Brief: What is Duterte’s vision for the Philippines’ regional role? Where does he want to take the country?

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