Abstract: China has strong economic and military interests in the South China Sea. However, it demonstrably over-utilizes its military capability against nearby nations to the point of diplomatically and politically isolating itself from them. The US should build its alliances with nearby nations in the Indo-Pacific in order to counter Chinese aggression. US alliances that exploit China’s recklessness could force them to capitulate to accepted norms of the region or shift away from South China Sea dependency in the long-term.
Abstract: The Philippine counterinsurgency has made significant progress towards dismantling ethno-nationalist, Islamist, and communist insurgencies. These insurgencies began after foreign powers colonized the Filipino people and some communities rebelled in order to return government control to the populace. Insurgents born from these rebellions have also targeted civilians in order to accomplish their ideological and financial goals; therefore, people visiting the Philippines should take precautions to protect themselves from exploitation.