Philippine Supreme Court Cites EWC Analysis in Defense Agreement Decision

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 4, 2016) -- In the Philippines Supreme Court’s recent ruling that the nation’s new Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA) with the United States is constitutional, the court cited the policy brief “Implications of the US-Philippines Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement” from the East-West Center’s Asia Pacific Bulletin series. The analysis, authored in 2014 by Dr. Aileen S.P. Baviera, Professor of China Studies and International Relations at the University of the Philippines, stated that the EDCA’s constitutionality hinged upon the temporary and rotational nature of the US military presence in the Philippines, with which the court’s majority opinion concurred.

"The Asia Pacific Bulletin series was launched in 2007 to fill a critical gap in scholarly and policy analysis regarding Asia," said Dr. Satu Limaye, Director of the East-West Center in Washington and series editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. “By publishing concise analysis from experts around the world and often located in the region, the series is able to distill important issues down to the key points in a clear way, making complex subjects more accessible to lawmakers, academics, members of the media, and the public. The Philippine Supreme Court’s citation of Dr. Baviera’s piece is testament to the fact that the series is contributing to important policy decisions in exactly the way it was intended.”

The decision by the Supreme Court of the Philippines can be accessed here.