Prospero and Caliban: Decolonization and the United States

  • W. Scott Thompson


The study of state behavior usually, and in the case of third world states almost always, includes the study of the attempts of polities to align their internal possibilities to the realities of the international environment. To examine where a state is moving, on a spectrum of behavior from “extreme maladaptation” (South Vietnam, which went out of existence), to “ideal adaptation” (Japan, moving from defeated power to economic superpower), requires an inspection of the state’s internal behavior and its drive mechanisms and then an examination of the foreign policy possibilities. This requires an understanding of the historical, geographic, and economic realities in which the state finds and defines itself. For the Philippines, these realities to an extraordinary extent involve relations with the United States.


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  1. 1.
    For an extraordinarily comprehensive treatment done in the Philippines, see Alejandro Fernandez, The Philippines and the United States: The Forging of New Relations (Quezon City, Manila: NSDB-UP Integrated Research Program, 1977).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    C.V. Fonacier, comp., At the Helm of the Nation—Inauguration Addresses of the Presidents of the Philippine Republic and the Commonwealth (Manila: National Media Production Center, Republic of the Philippines, 1973), p. 69.Google Scholar
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    See Raymond Bonner, Waltzing with a Dictator: The Marcoses and the Making of American Policy, (Quezon City: Ken, 1987), pp. 81–82, for stories—true beyond doubt—of Mrs. Marcos’s attempts to use her feminine charms with prominent Americans to obtain advantage for the Philippines and its first family.Google Scholar
  4. 22.
    For a thorough and highly informed study of this subject, see Lewis E. Gleek Jr., Dissolving the Colonial Bond: American Ambassadors to the Philippines, 1946–1984 (Quezon City, Manila: New Day Publishers, 1988).Google Scholar

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© W. Scott Thompson 1992

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  • W. Scott Thompson
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  1. 1.Fletcher School of Law and DiplomacyUSA

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