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.

Philippines

The Philippines' Duterte: In pursuit of an imperial presidency

The recent midterm election in the Philippines drastically enhanced the president's power.

The Philippines' Duterte: In pursuit of an imperial presidency

North Korea

Vietnam summit: What does Kim want?

Kim Jong Un badly needs the sanctions on North Korea relaxed but in exchange he will have to make big concessions.

Vietnam summit: What does Kim want?

Philippines

Bangsamoro referendum: An opportunity for sustainable peace

The autonomy referendum in restive Mindanao may mark a new beginning for the Philippines and a victory for Duterte.

Bangsamoro referendum: An opportunity for sustainable peace

Rodrigo Duterte

A long-awaited turning point in Duterte's bloody drug war

A landmark court ruling in the Philippines could be the beginning of a major pushback against police abuses.

A long-awaited turning point in Duterte's bloody drug war

Brazil Elections 2018

Brazil gearing up for its very own Duterte

Rhetorically, the likely next leader of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaro, is almost an exact replica of the the Filipino populist.

Brazil gearing up for its very own Duterte

Asia

How Moon saved Trump's negotiations with Kim

South Korea's president managed to save talks with North Korea and even got Trump talking about a second summit.

How Moon saved Trump's negotiations with Kim

China

Malaysia's new government is pushing back against China

Mahathir Mohamad, once a loyal friend to China, is now leading the resistance against Chinese domination in the region.

Malaysia's new government is pushing back against China

China

On China's Muslim crackdown

Beijing's aggressive Sinification campaign is putting at stake the internal cohesion of Asia's most powerful state.

On China's Muslim crackdown

Philippines

Bangsamoro Organic Law can be Duterte's greatest legacy

The path ahead, however, remains bumpy and uncertain.

Bangsamoro Organic Law can be Duterte's greatest legacy

North Korea

As Trump engages Putin, his deal with Kim collapses

After the Singapore summit, North Korea did not reciprocate US concessions.

As Trump engages Putin, his deal with Kim collapses

Donald Trump

From 'American First' to 'America Alone'

Trump's trade protectionism isn't only misguided, but also irresponsibly dangerous.

From 'American First' to 'America Alone'

North Korea

Kim Jong-un came out victorious from the summit

The Singapore summit has not done more than legitimise the North Korean regime.

Kim Jong-un came out victorious from the summit