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


Benjamin Goirigolzarri, PhD




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.

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