“From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first, America first,” vowed US 45th President Donald Trump during his inauguration on January 20 where he outlined his administration’s platforms described as ‘nationalist’, ‘populist’ and importantly an “isolationist view” of U.S. global role.
While the Republican President is set to redefine a new vision of “America first” for the next four years, it is inevitable for a deeply-engaged United States to restrain itself and downplay its global role as a ‘superpower’ especially amidst a rebalancing of the international system, which is becoming increasingly unpredictable brought by a number of growing economic and military powers as well as unexpected events in most important regions and nations around the world.
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President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s unprecedented reforms, massive ‘cleaning’ campaign against drugs and criminality, tough rhetoric statements, unwise comments on national and international issues, and unpredictable government policies have rather warranted, not public order, but spurred widespread uncertainties, political struggles, and diplomatic conflicts.
While President Duterte’s promised six months to eradicate drugs in the country is gaining momentum with hundreds of thousands of drug suspects surrendering to police authorities, human rights groups are, however, alarmed with the increasing number of suspects killed in drug-related summary executions, vigilante killings and police operations. Months since he assumed the country’s top government post, the toll of drug-related deaths has reached over thousands constituting about two-thirds killed in police operations while one-thirds accounted to unidentified person or extra-judicial killings.
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