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.

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

Donald Trump

Trump's nuclear failures from Iran to North Korea

In just over a year, Donald Trump has managed to nudge the world closer to conflict on both ends of the Asian continent.

Trump's nuclear failures from Iran to North Korea

Malaysia

A peaceful revolution in Malaysia

Democratic change has finally come to Malaysia, though paradoxically, through the intervention of a former strongman.

A peaceful revolution in Malaysia

Philippines

Why Duterte banned workers from going to Kuwait

Can the murder of a Filipino worker change the Philippines' decades-old labour export policies?

Why Duterte banned workers from going to Kuwait

North Korea

North Korea is changing

I visited North Korea with an official delegation and here's what I saw and learned.

North Korea is changing

China

The global implications of Trump's trade war

The escalating tit-for-tat between China and the US raised concerns over a lose-lose outcome for the global economy.

The global implications of Trump's trade war

Rodrigo Duterte

Can the ICC probe end Duterte's deadly war on drugs?

The ICC probe already re-energised the opposition in the Philippines and put pressure on Duterte's western partners.

Can the ICC probe end Duterte's deadly war on drugs?

China

What a US-China trade war would look like

US President Donald Trump's protectionist trade policies could destabilise the world economy.

What a US-China trade war would look like

China

Xi's China rising, Trump's America waning

China is likely to become the global post-American hegemon. And that might be bad news.

Xi's China rising, Trump's America waning

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