China’s South China Sea Militarization Has Peaked
Artificial islands are becoming more trouble than they’re worth.
Is Duterte Really Asking for U.S. Aid Against China?
The volatile Philippine leader is trying to fend off accusations of being soft on Beijing.
Filipinos Don’t Trust Duterte to Handle China
A maritime clash has left the public wondering why their president won’t stand up to Beijing.
China’s Hidden Navy
The evidence shows that supposed fishing boats around contested islands are part of an extensive maritime militia.
Duterte Turns Death Squads on Political Activists
Government-backed vigilantes in the Philippines are targeting farmers and protesters.
Manila’s Abortion Ban Is Killing Women
Roughly 1,000 women in the Philippines die every year from lack of safe terminations. Others go to jail.
Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback
With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.
The Trump Administration Is Erasing Reproductive Rights at Home and Abroad
The removal of information from the State Department’s annual reports has grave consequences for human rights monitoring worldwide.
The Quad Is Not Enough
Trump has revived a four-way security dialogue among the United States, India, Australia, and Japan, but if it's going to make China pay attention, it will need some new members.
Duterte vs. God
The Philippine president likes to pick fights. But can he win against the Catholic Church?
The New Economy’s Old Business Model Is Dead
Tech companies are used to pairing big revenues with small labor forces. But they’ll soon be forced to become massive job creators.
The End of Human Rights?
Learning from the failure of the Responsibility to Protect and the International Criminal Court.
Only the Law Can Stop Duterte’s Murderous War on Drugs
Local lawyers are fighting to hold the Philippine government accountable. To win, they need international human rights groups to give them more help.
How to Stand Up For Human Rights in the Age of Trump
Western democracies that were once reliable defenders of human rights have been consumed by a nativist backlash, leaving an open field for dictators and demagogues.
A Message From Philippine Sen. Leila de Lima
The 2017 Global Thinker hopes that the world will "keep watching the Philippines."
Is the Philippines the Next Caliphate?
ISIS is looking to regroup, and is setting its sights eastward.