Rodrigo Durterte has brought the world’s attention to the Philippines with his brash, populist rhetoric and tough-on-crime policies. In this episode we look at the president’s rise to power, his major foreign, and domestic policies, and to what extent he will step back from Filipino politics. Joining us to answer these questions is Joshua Kurlantzick.
Joshua Kurlantzick is senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is the author, of a forthcoming book on China’s information and influence activities. Kurlantzick was previously a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he studied Southeast Asian politics and economics. He is currently focused on China’s relations with Southeast Asia, and China’s approach to soft and hard power. He is also working on issues related to the rise of global populism, populism in Asia, and the impact of COVID-19 on illiberal populism and political freedom.