Dr Lucy West is a senior research assistant with the Griffith Asia Institute and a sessional lecturer with the School of Government and International Relations, Griffith University. Her research interests include rule of law and legal reform in Southeast Asia and international relations of the Asia Pacific.
Manila’s termination of defence ties with Washington will have a geopolitical cost, but Canberra has history on side.
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