sealight-logo

Manila's Assertive Transparency Campaign [Watch]

The Philippines is teaching the world a lesson--when confronted by a gray zone actor, the first thing to do is turn on the lights.
Ray Powell, Benjamin Goirigolzarri, PhD | NOVEMBER 5, 2023
Manila's Assertive Transparency Campaign [Watch]

Ray Powell

Director

Benjamin Goirigolzarri, PhD

Analyst

Share

twitter-logofacebook-logo

SeaLight Director Ray Powell recently discussed Manila's assertive transparency campaign on Taiwan Talks:

"I think what the Philippines is doing is teaching the world quite a lesson--that when you are confronted by an actor who thrives in what we call the 'gray zone', the first thing to do is to turn on the lights, to show the world what is happening.

"And so the Philippines is saying, whatever else happens you can't do it cost-free anymore. It's going to cost you on the international stage. It's going to cost you reputationally.

"And hopefully--if the international community takes this as seriously as they should--it may cost [China] diplomatically, economically and in other ways."

Ray Powell

Ray is the Director of SeaLight and Project Lead for Project Myoushu at Stanford University's Gordian Knot Center for National Security Innovation. He's a 35-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was a 2021 Fellow at Stanford's Distinguished Careers Institute.

Benjamin Goirigolzarri, PhD

Ben Goirigolzarri is an Active Duty U.S. Air Force officer and holds a PhD in Policy Analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School and BS in Operations Research from the U.S. Air Force Academy. His research includes using game theory to identify the effects of relative acquisition timelines on space conflict, identifying methodologies for agile space acquisition, and General Officer management strategies. His active duty experience includes time as a program manager, speechwriter and instructor.

More Articles

alt-text
It's time for U.S. troops to visit Thitu Island
The U.S. has long kept its distance from the occupied South China Sea features, holding to the notion that keeping the status quo was crucial to avoiding conflict. Unfortunately, Beijing interpreted this reticence as weakness and gutted that status quo, while America's treaty ally, the Philippines, bore the brunt of China's gray-zone expansionism. The journey toward reclaiming the initiative can start with a single, modest step--sending U.S. & Philippine military doctors and engineers to Thitu Island.
alt-text
China has been surveying Malaysia's waters for over a month
On 21 June 2023, China's hydrographic research vessel Haiyang Dizhi Ba Hao (also known as Haiyang Dizhi 8, or HD8) began an extensive survey at Luconia Shoals on Malaysia's continental shelf--a project that has continued for over a month so far.
alt-text
"Shut up", they reasoned
China's diplomats and propagandists want Filipinos to blame Americans for "disrupting peace and tranquility in the South China Sea," but the price of the peace they offer is surrender.
sealight logo
Contact Us