In this episode we explore the story of the relationship between the United States and its key ally and partner in Southeast Asia – the Philippines. With a shifting geopolitical environment, the lull in U.S.-Philippines ties following the Cold War has been reinvigorated in recent years. We spoke with Ambassador Philip Goldberg of the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia, Jr. of the Philippines Embassy in Washington, and CSIS Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative Director Gregory Poling, about the history of the relationship, the importance of a new defense agreement, how Filipinos feel about the alliance, and what pending elections in both countries mean for the alliance. Hosted by Colm Quinn. Audio edited by Lauren Abuali. Produced by Jeffrey Bean.