The administration of former Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III pursued a policy of “lay[ing] the groundwork for a potential web of inter-locking strategic partnerships” (Philippine NSC 2011, 29), essentially “expand[ing]... defense and security engagements” (Del Rosario 2013a) with other countries apart from the United States. The Aquino government broadened relations with other nations, including Japan, the country’s first strategic partner. This study aims to determine the conditions under which small powers undertake strategic partnerships. Focusing on the Philippines- Japan strategic partnership, this study argues that the said partnership is driven by the need to support the current international order, promote capacity-building, and enhance the existing multilateral architecture.
Type of Manuscript: Article Volume, Issue, Year: Volume 58, Issue 1, Year 2022 Pages: 37–68 URL: https://asj.upd.edu.ph/index.php/archive/20-58-1-2022/175-security-pursuits-small-power-philippines-japan-strategic-partnership