Accession Number : ADA184114

Title :   Country Assessments and the Philippines.

Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Simon,Jeffrey D

PDF Url : ADA184114

Report Date : Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 41

Abstract : The collapse of Marcos's regime in the Philippines caught most observers off guard. Country assessments produced by U.S. government, Congressional, and private business sources before that downfall were examined to determine their usefulness for forecasting short-term developments. There was a remarkable consenus regarding the future of the Philippines, but none of them predicted Marcos's immediate downfall, which resulted from three factors: widespread corruption in the presidential elections, the defection of the military to the Aquino camp, and the role the United States played in pressuring Marcos to hold the elections and then to step down. Many of the issues identified as relevant to the Marcos regime are also relevant for the future of the Aquino administration. The insurgency poses a long-term threat. Immediate threats are civil unrest, military and governmental factionalism, and polarization among different political groups. Economic developments could also threaten the government's stability.

Descriptors :   *PHILIPPINES, *POLITICAL REVOLUTION, *FOREIGN POLICY, GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), ECONOMICS, CIVIL DISTURBANCES, DEVELOPING NATIONS, RISK, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, COMMERCE, ELECTIONS, FORECASTING, INSURGENCY, LONG RANGE(TIME), POLITICAL SCIENCE, PRESIDENT(UNITED STATES), SHORT RANGE(TIME), SOURCES, STABILITY, TEST AND EVALUATION, THREATS, UNITED STATES

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Unconventional Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE