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.

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

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