Ricardo Roy Lopez: 2016 Elections and the Philippines’ Sabah Claim [FNPFP ORIGINAL]

The role of statesmen in the conduct of foreign policy is one that has often been overlooked in IR due to the focus on systemic and material theorizing. This commentary provides insights into the views of senatorial and presidential candidates in the upcoming Philippine elections on the issue of Sabah, a territory which was the subject of a historical dispute between the Philippines and co-ASEAN member state Malaysia. It is argued that the positions Filipino leaders take on Sabah have the potential to influence future bilateral relations between the two countries.

Read more here at Forging a New Philippine Foreign Policy.

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