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'.


Mindanao crisis: A city on fire

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


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'.


The Trump-Duterte Bromance

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


When Xi met Trump

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

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.

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.


Obama's legacy in Asia

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

Business & Economy

China: The vanguard of globalisation

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

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.

Business & Economy

China rolls out the red carpet for Rodrigo Duterte

This is a unique opportunity to score a coup de grace by taking the Philippines out of the American strategic orbit.


Philippines: Rodrigo Duterte's pivot to China

Duterte is questioning the Philippines' century-old US alliance while ramping up his diplomatic flirtation with China.