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The Duterte Clan: A New Paradigm in Filipino Political Family Dynasties

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Technical Report,01 Aug 2017,30 Nov 2017

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United States Naval War College Newport United States

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With grave national and international security implications, a continued partnership between the United States and the Philippines is crucial to promote regional prosperity, stability, and security. In pursuing an effective partnership, President Trump and his foreign policy advisors must realize an important characteristic of Filipino politics family dynasties dominate the political landscape. Current President Dutertes family dynasty differs in key ways from those of previous Filipino presidents, though. The United States must recognize and understand the differences in the Duterte dynasty from those of previous administrations. Without an examination of political family dynasties, the background of the current president, and a comparison of his family dynastys influence on his political tenure to the dynastic influences of previous Filipino presidents, leaders will commit significant errors as they develop policy between the two nations. To prepare Trump for future diplomacy with the Philippines, advisors must realize that Duterte breaks the mold of traditional dynastic presidents and they must recognize how the intersection of his dynasty and state may impact his future decisions.

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  • Government and Political Science

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