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The Philippines and the United States: An Enduring Alliance

Recorded on May 18, 2005

Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium

The September 11, 2001 attacks sparked a renewed interest in the U.S.-Philippines alliance. As both nations faced al Qaeda and associated terrorist groups, the United States and the Philippines cooperated to improve the Philippines' military, law enforcement, and financial operations capabilities. However, the alliance has come under significant strain of late because of Manila's new - and unprecedented relationship - with China as well as its decision to withdraw troops from Iraq early. In policy circles here, the question is being raised: Can the U.S. depend on the alliance any longer? Join us as Secretary Romulo discusses the current - and future - status of the U.S.-Philippines alliance, the War on Terror, and other regional affairs.