Robert Sutter

Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute; Professor of Practice of International Affairs, Elliott School, George Washington University

Professor Robert Goodwin Sutter is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. He is Professor of Practice of International Affairs at the Elliott School of George Washington University.

Philippine Coast Guard personnel are seen onboard rubber boats as they sail near Chinese vessels believed to be manned by Chinese maritime militia personnel at Whitsun Reef, South China Sea, in a handout photo distributed by the Philippine Coast guard 15 April 2021. (Philippine Coast Guard/Handout via Reuters)

Philippine-US cooperation on Whitsun Reef: A 'win' for the Biden team in Southeast Asia?

Southeast Asian views of the US declined during the Trump administration, and persisted into the Biden administration early on in the year. But Washington’s sustained support for Manila amid the latter’s recent confrontation with China in the South China Sea has helped to offset negative perceptions of Uncle Sam in the region.