Author Biography

Adam Greco is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida and adjunct fellow at the Institute on Science for Global Policy. He is a double major in International Studies and Political Science. His regional focus is the Indo-Pacific and his interests include maritime security, as well efforts in sustainable development.



Subject Area Keywords

China, Development and security, Economics, Foreign aid, National security, Southeast Asia, Strategy


As one of the few nations in the world (and the only one in the vicinity of China) to be a former colony of the United States, the Philippines is in a unique position on the world stage. This article delineates the history of the complex relationship between the Philippines and the United States since the Spanish-American war while placing an emphasis on modern relations. Since its independence to the end of the Cold War, the Philippines was unequivocally an ally to the United States, though this did not stop tensions from mounting. As China's contemporary foreign policy fosters further amicability between it and the Philippines under the Belt and Road Initiative, this has given rise to worries of a potential pivot to China. Furthermore, hostile sentiments conveyed from certain facets of the Philippines’ leadership towards the United States accelerate these concerns. This article delves into the current relationship between the Philippines and the United States while outlining avenues for further cooperation via mutual benefit, particularly within the realm of developmental assistance.