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The US-Philippines Cooperation in Combating International Terrorism: Directions, Results and Tasks ahead
International Relations in Eurasia
The factors behind United States-Philippines cooperation on the war on terror has been debated since the events of September 11th, 2001. With the end of the leading military operation, the Operation Enduring Freedom-Philippines (OEF-P), an evaluation is needed. The dissertation addresses the gap between the reported success of OEF-P and the current situation in Mindanao. This gap was generated by inappropriate measures and an indifference towards grievances, leading to affiliation with international terrorist organisations. Through process tracing and qualitative analysis, this research will focus on criticizing the 2016 RAND evaluation report by using current data. The paper’s main finding is that the OEF-P was both militarily successful and developmentally a failure. The reason is the increase of military capabilities, overshadowed by economic underdevelopment and poverty, which predisposes the disadvantaged youth to look for alternative means of survival, e.g. terrorist recruitment.