Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is a specialist in Asian geopolitical/economic affairs. He is the author of Asia's New Battlefield: The USA, China, and the Struggle for the Western Pacificand The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt against Elite Democracy.

Rodrigo Duterte

The Philippines' Strongman Syndrome

Why are so many Filipinos embracing Rodrigo Duterte's authoritarian fantasies?

The Philippines' Strongman Syndrome

Rodrigo Duterte

Trump and Duterte: A budding bromance

After insulting the previous US president, Philippines leader Rodrigo Duterte is quite happy to welcome his successor.

Trump and Duterte: A budding bromance

Rodrigo Duterte

A day of rage against President Duterte

Support for the Philippines' populist president starts to dwindle as his brutal war on drugs continue to take lives.

A day of rage against President Duterte

South Korea

Peace with North Korea is still possible

South Korea is still hopeful of a diplomatic resolution of the crisis with its northern neighbour.

Peace with North Korea is still possible

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