Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is a specialist in Asian geopolitical/economic affairs and author of 'Asia's New Battlefield: US, China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific'.

India

India vs China: Clash of the titans

A border dispute high in the Himalayas puts the decades long "cold peace" between India and China under severe strain.

India vs China: Clash of the titans

Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte's reality check in Mindanao

How Rodrigo Duterte had to cut down on tough talk and quietly accept US military help against ISIL.

Duterte's reality check in Mindanao

Conflict

Mindanao crisis: A city on fire

All of a sudden, the Philippines is grappling with the spectre of ISIL and, for some, Marcosian authoritarianism.

Mindanao crisis: A city on fire

China

China's Silk Road project: A trap or an opportunity?

China's trading partners are concerned that the new Silk Road project may get them stuck in a 'debt-trap diplomacy'.

China's Silk Road project: A trap or an opportunity?

Philippines

The Trump-Duterte Bromance

Trump's praise for Duterte indicates Washington's growing emphasis on strategic interests over value promotion.

The Trump-Duterte Bromance

China

When Xi met Trump

The China-US summit defied expectations and was a sober and affable diplomatic icebreaker.

When Xi met Trump

Rodrigo Duterte

Peace is still possible in Duterte's Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte's presidency can be an opportunity to rally a divided nation under one flag and end the reign of terror.

Peace is still possible in Duterte's Philippines

Rodrigo Duterte

Rodrigo Duterte's peace plans are in tatters

The Philippines president ended peace negotiations with communist rebels, raising the possibility of renewed conflict.

Rodrigo Duterte's peace plans are in tatters

Asia

Obama's legacy in Asia

After six years of major foreign policy effort, it is clear Obama failed in his Pivot to Asia.

Obama's legacy in Asia

Business & Economy

China: The vanguard of globalisation

As isolationism is sweeping through the West, China is to become the unlikely champion of globalisation.

China: The vanguard of globalisation

US Elections 2016

How Trump's victory was received in Asia

Trump's electoral victory sent a shockwave of uncertainty across East and Southeast Asia.

How Trump's victory was received in Asia

Asia Pacific

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?

Malaysia and the Philippines' rapprochement with China is the result of temporary alignment of interests.

Are US allies in Southeast Asia defecting to China?