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The Philippines Under President Duterte: Nagging Questions and an Optimistic Outlook

Professor Nico Ravanilla

How is the Philippines doing economically and politically? Why is President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which is taking a serious toll in human lives and social cohesion, still popularly supported? Is the Duterte administration pursuing a set of domestic and foreign policies that promote inclusive economic growth and a stable political environment? Are there reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the Philippines’ future? This lecture will frame these questions in the broader economic and political context of the Philippines, and will suggest ways to understand and draw insights from the country’s current affairs.

Instructor: Born and raised in the Philippines, Nico Ravanilla is an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy. Before coming to UCSD, he held a postdoctoral fellowship at Stanford University. Professor Ravanilla earned his BS and MA from the University of the Philippines and his PhD in political science and public policy at the University of Michigan.

Coordinators: Steve Clarey

Course Number: OSHR-70051   Credit: 0 units

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