2019
DOI: 10.1177/2057891119882769
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Abstract: In the contemporary Asia-Pacific context, the fault lines leading to the Thucydides trap can be attributed to the continuing strategic competition between a seemingly declining United States and a rising China. Failure to circumvent this trap can ultimately result in a war of all against all. Against this backdrop, this article investigates how a small power re-evaluates its foreign policy and strategic behaviour using neoclassical realism theory. In particular, I examine President Rodrigo Duterte’s method whi… Show more

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“…From his first day in office, Duterte made clear that he would put Philippine foreign policy on a new course, away from the traditional US dependency (Heydarian, 2018: 43). The Philippine leader did not only challenge the country's oldest allies but also questioned its long-standing commitment to the LIO (Heydarian, 2018;Magcamit, 2018). Duterte's political strategy is illiberal in the sense that he views human rights as particular rather than universal and staunchly opposes their imposition upon Asian nations (Curato, 2017: 16).…”
Section: Anti-cosmopolitanismmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…From his first day in office, Duterte made clear that he would put Philippine foreign policy on a new course, away from the traditional US dependency (Heydarian, 2018: 43). The Philippine leader did not only challenge the country's oldest allies but also questioned its long-standing commitment to the LIO (Heydarian, 2018;Magcamit, 2018). Duterte's political strategy is illiberal in the sense that he views human rights as particular rather than universal and staunchly opposes their imposition upon Asian nations (Curato, 2017: 16).…”
Section: Anti-cosmopolitanismmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The grand strategic choices of the strongest states are crucial to an understanding of the international system at any given moment (Kitchen, 2010). However, some scholars have expanded the scope of neoclassical realism to analyse small and medium countries, such as Georgia's foreign policy (Gvalia et al, 2019) and the Philippines' foreign policy between the seemingly declining USA and a rising China (Magcamit, 2019).…”
Section: Neoclassical Realismmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…The articles employing neoclassical realism identify systemic/external stimuli that Indonesia currently faces, highlighting the importance of domestic politics in shaping various stakeholders' perception on such stimuli, as well as in influencing their conception of foreign policy goals and national interest (He, 2008;Korolev & Portyakov, 2018;Kuik, 2012;Laksmana, 2016;Lobell et al, 2009, p. 322;Magcamit, 2020;Meibauer, 2020;Rose, 1998;Sari, 2019;Sebastian & Syailendra, 2017;Smith, 2019;Sulaiman, 2019;Syailendra, 2017). 9 Departing from neorealism, which suggests that states placed in a similar position in the international system would behave similarly despite differing domestic structures, neoclassical realists 'seek to explain variation in the foreign policies of the same state over time or across different states facing similar external constraints' (Taliaferro et al, 2009, p. 21).…”
Section: Foreign and Maritime Policies Through The Lens Of Neoclassical Realism Actor-specific Theory And Decision-making Theorymentioning
confidence: 99%
“…9. Neoclassical realist scholars emphasise that state behaviour is influenced by domestic political situations when adapting to the external environment (Korolev & Portyakov, 2018;Kuik, 2012;Lobell et al, 2009;Magcamit, 2020;Meibauer, 2020;Rose, 1998;Smith, 2019). For an application of neoclassical realism in the study of Indonesia's foreign and security policy, see (He, 2008;Laksmana, 2016;Sari, 2019;Sebastian & Syailendra, 2017;Sulaiman, 2019;Syailendra, 2017).…”
Section: Foreign and Maritime Policies Through The Lens Of Neoclassical Realism Actor-specific Theory And Decision-making Theorymentioning
confidence: 99%