Change with Continuity

Speaker Date: Oct. 02, 2020

From colonial rule, to commonwealth, and finally ally, the relationship of the Philippines and the United States is enduring but often exceedingly idealistic, unrealistic, and impractical.

For the Philippines, there seems to be no other country that can hold it in thrall like the United States. 

However, contemporary US-Philippine relations are beset with challenges brought about by newly elected President Duterte’s war on drugs and his Administration’s pivot to China and Russia.  Duterte’s pivot away from the U.S. need not be construed as a complete severance of ties, but rather a recalibration of interest.

With China’s more aggressive behavior on several fronts, what does this mean for the U.S. Philippines relationship?  

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Eriberto P Lozada, Jr PhD, Davidson College

Eriberto P Lozada, Jr, Associate Dean of Faculty, Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies at Davidson College


  • Ph.D., Social Anthropology, Harvard University
  • M.E.M. Nicholas School of Environment, Duke University
  • A.M. Regional Studies: East Asia, Harvard University
  • M.T.S. Harvard Divinity School (candidate)
  • A.B. Chemistry and Physics, Harvard College

Teaching and Research Experience:

  • 2002-Present,  Davidson College
  • 2006-Present, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
  • 1998-2002, Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1998 Yonsei University, Korea
  • 1996-1998, Chinese University of Hong Kong