Richard Javad Heydarian

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Richard Javad Heydarian is a Manila-based columnist, academic, and author. He has written for the world’s leading publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, and is a regular contributor to Aljazeera English, Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, and the Straits Times. His latest books include Asia’s New Battlefield (Zed, 2015), The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt against Elite Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China, and the New Global Struggle for Mastery (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). He is also a regular contributor to leading global think tanks such as Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Brooking Institution, and Council on Foreign Relations.

Japan in the shadow of China
Japan in the shadow of China
And it’s not just Beijing – the Japanese strategic elite is understandably anxious about the future of its alliance with America.
South China Sea: A formula for the Philippines
South China Sea: A formula for the Philippines
Manila should adopt a three-pronged response to Beijing's assertiveness.
Manila’s killing fields: Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on the poor
Manila’s killing fields: Rodrigo Duterte’s bloody war on the poor
It’s best to not only take populists seriously, but also literally, especially when they threaten mass murder.
Japan’s new golden age in Southeast Asia
Japan’s new golden age in Southeast Asia
Tokyo’s recent geopolitical assertiveness cements its position as a regional security and economic powerhouse.
The Philippines and Australia: A new golden era of strategic relations?
The Philippines and Australia: A new golden era of strategic relations?
Canberra’s defence ties with Manila have gone from strength to strength. Now it’s time to step up economic linkages.
Philippines: The best friend for AUKUS in Southeast Asia
Philippines: The best friend for AUKUS in Southeast Asia
Manila has stood apart on Australia’s nuclear-powered subs deal as a sympathetic democracy seeking to balance China.
Chinese chimera: the real concern with the BRI
Chinese chimera: the real concern with the BRI
Beneficiaries should be wary of the gap between Beijing’s rhetorical promises and the reality of its investments.
Putting Duterte’s popularity in perspective
Putting Duterte’s popularity in perspective
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is experiencing a 'faster than average' drop in his approval ratings.
Southeast Asian perspectives on US–China competition
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Southeast Asian perspectives on US–China competition
Southeast Asians inhabit a region increasingly shaped by competition between the United States and China. This joint Lowy Institute–Council on Foreign Relations Report seeks to…
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