How can local experiences and the social transformation generated by modernity help to enrich our understanding of the international? What might a version of the much-discussed "non-Western International Relations (IR)" look like? What continuities and discontinuities from the Philippine experience in particular can be useful for understanding other post-colonial polities?

The Philippines makes a fascinating case study of a medium-sized, developing, post-colonial, multi-ethnic and multi-cultural state in Southeast Asia. Cruz, Adiong and their contributors map horizons of non-Western approaches in Philippine experiences of IR, rooted in the Global South, and in local customs and practice. Examining both theory and praxis, they explore issues as diverse as pre-colonial history, diplomacy, religion, agrarian reform and the Philippines’ relationship with key regions in the Global South.

The book will appeal to researchers interested in Southeast Asian Studies and alternative perspectives on IR.

part I|108 pages

Mapping concepts

chapter 1|19 pages

Butuan in the pre-colonial Southeast Asian international system

Reconstructing international history from text, memory, and artifacts

chapter 2|16 pages

José Rizal attacks imperialism softly

Comprehending the depths of psychological conversion and the temptations of violent solutions

chapter 3|16 pages

Constantino revisited

The ‘miseducation’ and diplomacy of the Filipinos

chapter 4|20 pages

Publishing on the ‘international’ in the Philippines

A lexicometric inquiry

chapter 5|16 pages

Internationalizing pagdamay and palakasan

A Philippine perspective on Duterte foreign policy 1

part II|124 pages

Mapping practices

chapter 7|22 pages

The case of agrarian reforms in Philippine-USA relations

A biopolitical perspective

chapter 8|16 pages

Marginalization of interests

The case of Philippine-Middle East relations

chapter 10|16 pages

Religious actors in the international sphere

The case of the National Council of Churches in the Philippines

chapter 13|19 pages

Sexploitative human trafficking in, out of, and beyond the Philippines

A liquid problem in a cosmopolar international system

chapter |19 pages


Small statism and the non-issue of IR in the Philippines