REENERGIZING THE U.S. AND PHILIPPINES RELATIONSHIP: THE “PHILIPPINES BELT AND ROAD” PROPOSAL
DiSanto, David J.
Hunnell, Justin M.
Yoder, Elliott C.
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The purpose of this thesis is to examine why the United States should care about its future relationship with the Philippines through the overarching lens of Pankaj Ghemawat’s Cultural, Administrative, Geographic, and Economic (CAGE) Distance Framework. In addition, we will delve deeper to investigate a more direct approach using Michael E. Porter’s classic diamond model found in The Competitive Advantage of Nations. Using qualitative and exploratory research methods, we explore three questions. First, why should the United States care from a national security and alliance perspective about an economically stronger Philippines? Second, what does an economically stronger Philippines mean strategically for the United States’ influence in the Southeast Asian region? Finally, what can be done to strengthen the United States and the Philippines relationship? In conclusion, our recommendations provide tangible solutions to current gaps between the Philippines and the United States whether they be cultural, political, or military to facilitate a prosperous relationship while simultaneously thwarting the actions of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) sweeping through Southeast Asia.
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