Scott Heidler

Scott Heidler

Scott Heidler is an Asia Correspondent based out of the Bangkok bureau. He covers everything from Korea Peninsula tension to Cambodia’s politics to Nepal’s Sherpa community. When he joined Al Jazeera English in 2010 he covered the United Nations in New York. Prior to that he lived in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Jerusalem for a collective eight years. He is the co-author of the award-winning book "Women of Courage; Intimate Stories from Afghanistan".

Asia Pacific

ASEAN leaders promise closer ties, wrap up Bangkok summit

But there is no clear voice from the collective on any of the key topics.

ASEAN leaders promise closer ties, wrap up Bangkok summit

Asia Pacific

ASEAN Bangkok Summit: Declining Democracy?

Many say the 10-nation ASEAN, the Association of South East Asian Nations, has seen a weakening of democracy in recent years.

ASEAN Bangkok Summit: Declining Democracy?

Asia Pacific

Hong Kong protests shape history

Certain liberties - like freedom of speech and an independent judiciary – were supposed to stay until 2047.

Hong Kong protests shape history

Asia

The importance of astrology in Thai culture

During the recent coronation of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, royal astrologists inscribed the king's official titles and a horoscope for his reign on a golden tablet.

The importance of astrology in Thai culture

Asia

India's healthcare plan Modicare faces slow start

Why the ambitious Indian healthcare scheme is failing some of the poor.

India's healthcare plan Modicare faces slow start

Asia

India's poll body cuts short campaigning in Bengal after violence

Violence has broken out during campaigning ahead of India's seventh and final round of voting this weekend.

India's poll body cuts short campaigning in Bengal after violence

India elections 2019

India votes 2019: Hindu nationalist bombing suspect on ballot

India's ruling party fields an ultra-nationalist Hindu candidate facing terrorism charges, as the sixth phase of national elections gets underway.

India votes 2019: Hindu nationalist bombing suspect on ballot

Asia

Cyclone Fani aftermath: Anger over lack of govt services

A cleanup operation is under way after the biggest cyclone hits India in 20 years.

Cyclone Fani aftermath: Anger over lack of govt services

India

Cyclone Fani, the most powerful storm to hit India in 20 years

The strong cyclone is expected to weaken as it moves to West Bengal and Meghalaya state and then on to Bangladesh.

Cyclone Fani, the most powerful storm to hit India in 20 years

Asia Pacific

Thailand prepares to formally crown King Maha Vajiralongkorn

A few days ago, the king announced a surprise wedding with the deputy head of his personal security force.

Thailand prepares to formally crown King Maha Vajiralongkorn

Asia

Thailand votes: Young voters prepare for Sunday's election

How millions of young first-time voters could make a difference in Thailand's election.

Thailand votes: Young voters prepare for Sunday's election

Thailand

Thailand offers rubber farmers subsidy amid falling latex prices

Critics say the government's subsidy programme is too little too late.

Thailand offers rubber farmers subsidy amid falling latex prices