[OPINION] PH foreign policy, national security ambitions for next admin and beyond

The late professor Aileen Baviera made two important observations about Philippine foreign policy. First, the country’s foreign policy direction is similar to a pendulum because it swings wildly to the other side every six years. Second, while the nation has generally accepted the president’s role as the chief architect of foreign policy, the office holder … Read more

Foreign pilots rush in as US carriers struggle to staff up

Pilots are back in demand in the United States. But carriers cannot find enough of them, so foreign pilots are rushing to fill the empty cockpits. US immigration lawyers report a surge in inquiries and visa applications from pilots based in countries where traffic is still recovering from pandemic lows. That could bring some relief … Read more

[OPINION] Sara and Bongbong’s foreign policy

‘As president, Marcos Jr. may need special arrangements to avoid arrest outside Philippine territory’ Rarely do our national elections focus on international relations. We have enough internal problems for the political elite to fight about. The dominance of bilateral relations with the United States also tended to marginalize even issues closer to home, like the … Read more

How Russia could use bankruptcy law to punish foreign companies

Creditors, including the Russian government, can force a company into involuntary bankruptcy and oust its management As foreign companies seek to exit Russia over the war in Ukraine, they face the prospect that Russian bankruptcy law could be used to seize assets and even lead to criminal penalties. Here is how that could work: How … Read more

Russian law creates new hurdle for foreign plane lessors

A new law in Russia rattles global leasing firms days before a March 28 deadline to repossess aircraft worth $10 billion Russia on Monday, March 14, passed a law allowing the country’s airlines to place airplanes leased from foreign companies on the country’s aircraft register – a maneuver likely to stoke Western fears of a … Read more

Jetski and foreign policy

That’s not a gut issue, many say, dismissing foreign policy as a preserve of the academics and experts. We’re a developing country, we don’t really matter in the world and what happens abroad doesn’t affect us. That’s the way the reasoning goes. But contemporary events have shown otherwise. When the Chinese maritime militia engage in … Read more

As Ukraine evacuates trapped seafarers, foreign mariners count cost of war

Ukraine’s Maritime Administration has said there are around 100 foreign-flagged vessels with hundreds of seafarers still stuck in Ukrainian ports Bangladeshi seafarer Asiful Islam recalls the moment when a missile struck his cargo ship last week off the Ukrainian port of Olvia, killing his crew mate. “I was just 15 feet away when it hit … Read more