Richard Heydarian

Richard Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific" and the forthcoming "Duterte's Rise"
Richard Heydarian
Richard Heydarian is a Manila-based academic and author of "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China and the Struggle for Western Pacific" and the forthcoming "Duterte's Rise"

Latest from Richard Heydarian

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte hates gambling, but money talks and he won’t throw away his big chip in Chinese online casinos game
Opinion | Heavy traffic in South China Sea: US vies with China in joint naval drills with Asean members

With first ever naval exercise with all 10 members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, US is responding to China’s own efforts, but for Asean states, the drill is part of a strategy to reach out to as many major powers as possible to enhance their autonomy.

7 Sep 2019 - 4:01PM

With first ever naval exercise with all 10 members of Association of Southeast Asian Nations, US is responding to China’s own efforts, but for Asean states, the drill is part of a strategy to reach out to as many major powers as possible to enhance their autonomy.

Heavy traffic in South China Sea: US vies with China in joint naval drills with Asean members
Opinion | How Rodrigo Duterte’s latest Beijing visit marks a crossroads for China, the Philippines and Asia

Entering his twilight years, the Philippine president is moving to tie the fate of the two countries well beyond his administration, Richard Heydarian writes.

1 Sep 2019 - 10:42PM

Entering his twilight years, the Philippine president is moving to tie the fate of the two countries well beyond his administration, Richard Heydarian writes.

How Rodrigo Duterte’s latest Beijing visit marks a crossroads for China, the Philippines and Asia
Opinion | How US-Vietnam alliance blossomed as rivalry between China and the West intensified

The two former arch-enemies have been brought together by a combination of greed and a shared fear of emerging threats in the post-American era, Richard Heydarian writes.

24 Aug 2019 - 12:50PM

The two former arch-enemies have been brought together by a combination of greed and a shared fear of emerging threats in the post-American era, Richard Heydarian writes.

How US-Vietnam alliance blossomed as rivalry between China and the West intensified
Opinion | Duterte heads to Beijing on tide of Philippine dissent over ‘meek and humble’ South China Sea policy

Richard Heydarian writes that hawks in Manila are out of patience with president’s ‘kowtowing’ to Beijing over contested waters, but surprised by plans to discuss 2016 tribunal ruling.

18 Aug 2019 - 12:17PM

Richard Heydarian writes that hawks in Manila are out of patience with president’s ‘kowtowing’ to Beijing over contested waters, but surprised by plans to discuss 2016 tribunal ruling.

Duterte heads to Beijing on tide of Philippine dissent over ‘meek and humble’ South China Sea policy
Opinion | US-Philippine ties fray further with Manila’s embrace of China’s Huawei

The Philippines now feels sufficiently confident to embed Chinese companies in its critical infrastructure, even if this move could affect security cooperation with the US, writes Richard Heydarian.

3 Aug 2019 - 9:55PM

The Philippines now feels sufficiently confident to embed Chinese companies in its critical infrastructure, even if this move could affect security cooperation with the US, writes Richard Heydarian.

US-Philippine ties fray further with Manila’s embrace of China’s Huawei
Opinion | Defiant Rodrigo Duterte shrugs off Reed Bank incident to defend his China policy in speech

Philippine president’s state-of-the-nation address was ‘a calibrated defence of one of his most controversial policies’, Richard Heydarian writes.

27 Jul 2019 - 4:04PM

Philippine president’s state-of-the-nation address was ‘a calibrated defence of one of his most controversial policies’, Richard Heydarian writes.

Defiant Rodrigo Duterte shrugs off Reed Bank incident to defend his China policy in speech
Opinion | Why China’s ‘militiasation’ of the South China Sea needs a review by the Philippines-US alliance

Richard Heydarian writes that Manila and Washington could rewrite their pact to target emerging threats in the South China Sea – including the recent ‘grey zone’ ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a suspected Chinese militia vessel.

20 Jul 2019 - 10:23PM

Richard Heydarian writes that Manila and Washington could rewrite their pact to target emerging threats in the South China Sea – including the recent ‘grey zone’ ramming of a Philippine fishing boat by a suspected Chinese militia vessel.

Why China’s ‘militiasation’ of the South China Sea needs a review by the Philippines-US alliance
Opinion | Trade truce is a win-win – but it’s probably a temporary calm before the next storm

Latest ceasefire agreed by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping should be welcomed, since an all-out trade war would spell disaster for the global economy.

2 Jul 2019 - 1:05AM

Latest ceasefire agreed by Donald Trump and Xi Jinping should be welcomed, since an all-out trade war would spell disaster for the global economy.

Trade truce is a win-win – but it’s probably a temporary calm before the next storm
Opinion | Rodrigo Duterte thought he had an understanding with Beijing, then came the Reed Bank collision

The sinking of a fishing vessel in the South China Sea has become the Philippine president’s greatest foreign policy crisis, Richard Heydarian writes.

23 Jun 2019 - 11:04PM

The sinking of a fishing vessel in the South China Sea has become the Philippine president’s greatest foreign policy crisis, Richard Heydarian writes.

Rodrigo Duterte thought he had an understanding with Beijing, then came the Reed Bank collision
On Reflection | China-Philippines ‘hit and run’: Duterte’s downplaying of the incident is sign of his Beijing dilemma

The president’s soft response is a sign of difficulty getting support for friendly relations with Beijing, writes Richard Heydarian.

18 Jun 2019 - 6:36AM

The president’s soft response is a sign of difficulty getting support for friendly relations with Beijing, writes Richard Heydarian.

China-Philippines ‘hit and run’: Duterte’s downplaying of the incident is sign of his Beijing dilemma
Opinion | China’s new abnormal: European patrols in disputed Southeast Asian waters

Richard Heydarian writes that Germany’s entry into the fray leaves China once again surrounded by Western naval powers, an echo of the dark days of the Opium Wars.

15 Jun 2019 - 11:00PM

Richard Heydarian writes that Germany’s entry into the fray leaves China once again surrounded by Western naval powers, an echo of the dark days of the Opium Wars.

China’s new abnormal: European patrols in disputed Southeast Asian waters
Opinion | How the Shangri-La Dialogue turned into a diplomatic coup for China

Richard Heydarian writes that China’s neighbours seem more worried about a great power conflict than Beijing’s growing economic and naval footprint across the Indo-Pacific.

9 Jun 2019 - 11:12PM

Richard Heydarian writes that China’s neighbours seem more worried about a great power conflict than Beijing’s growing economic and naval footprint across the Indo-Pacific.

How the Shangri-La Dialogue turned into a diplomatic coup for China
Opinion | Why China was the big winner of the Philippines’ midterm elections

With his power assured, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can fully consummate his pivot to China, shrugging off opposition criticism, Richard Heydarian writes.

25 May 2019 - 10:54PM

With his power assured, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte can fully consummate his pivot to China, shrugging off opposition criticism, Richard Heydarian writes.

Why China was the big winner of the Philippines’ midterm elections
Opinion | China and the United States are playing a perilous game of chicken in Asia-Pacific

Washington and its allies are increasingly challenging Beijing’s militarisation of the South China Sea, but Richard Heydarian considers where it will all end.

11 May 2019 - 10:20PM

Washington and its allies are increasingly challenging Beijing’s militarisation of the South China Sea, but Richard Heydarian considers where it will all end.

China and the United States are playing a perilous game of chicken in Asia-Pacific
Opinion | How Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s stubborn pivot to China could cost him political capital at home

Richard Heydarian writes that Filipinos are asking: Is China a ‘friend’ of the Philippines or only Duterte?

4 May 2019 - 10:30PM

Richard Heydarian writes that Filipinos are asking: Is China a ‘friend’ of the Philippines or only Duterte?

How Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s stubborn pivot to China could cost him political capital at home
Asian Angle | What do Modi, Trump, Ardern and Trudeau have in common? The power of populism

Never mind the rise of right-wing heads of state. The new breed of leader is progressive, but just as charismatic – meet the alt-populists, writes Richard Heydarian.

30 Apr 2019 - 10:12AM

Never mind the rise of right-wing heads of state. The new breed of leader is progressive, but just as charismatic – meet the alt-populists, writes Richard Heydarian.

What do Modi, Trump, Ardern and Trudeau have in common? The power of populism
Opinion | How a swarm of Chinese fishing vessels could swamp Duterte’s effort to strengthen Philippines-China ties

Richard Heydarian writes that the future of relations ‘hangs in the balance’ as scores of Chinese vessels surround Thitu Island, provoking a huge outcry among Filipinos.

11 Apr 2019 - 4:08PM

Richard Heydarian writes that the future of relations ‘hangs in the balance’ as scores of Chinese vessels surround Thitu Island, provoking a huge outcry among Filipinos.

How a swarm of Chinese fishing vessels could swamp Duterte’s effort to strengthen Philippines-China ties
Opinion | Philippine midterm elections: Duterte must find an heir – or face the music on his drug war

History hasn’t been kind to recent Philippine presidents. If Duterte is to avoid a similar fate he must succeed where they failed – by ensuring his anointed successor takes power. Step forward daughter Sara and long-time aide Bong Go

3 Apr 2019 - 4:10PM

History hasn’t been kind to recent Philippine presidents. If Duterte is to avoid a similar fate he must succeed where they failed – by ensuring his anointed successor takes power. Step forward daughter Sara and long-time aide Bong Go

Philippine midterm elections: Duterte must find an heir – or face the music on his drug war
Opinion | Amid escalating US-China tensions, Indo-Pacific leaders need to play key role in keeping regional peace

Entering the post-American world, an increasingly equitable network of relations among major players in the region has emerged.

24 Mar 2019 - 3:53PM

Entering the post-American world, an increasingly equitable network of relations among major players in the region has emerged.

Amid escalating US-China tensions, Indo-Pacific leaders need to play key role in keeping regional peace
Asian Angle | Indonesia has a lot in common with the Philippines – maybe too much, as Widodo and Prabowo take pages from Duterte’s playbook

The Indonesian elections resemble a battle between the different instincts that define the so-called Dutertismo ideology. In each country, half of the population prefers a ‘strong leader’ who doesn’t have to bother with institutional checks and balances.

21 Mar 2019 - 2:12PM

The Indonesian elections resemble a battle between the different instincts that define the so-called Dutertismo ideology. In each country, half of the population prefers a ‘strong leader’ who doesn’t have to bother with institutional checks and balances.

Indonesia has a lot in common with the Philippines – maybe too much, as Widodo and Prabowo take pages from Duterte’s playbook
Asian Angle | Duterte is the Putin of Asia. Maria Ressa is the proof

Silencing the media, weaponising the law, building a macho personality cult: the Philippine leader has drawn heavily from the playbook of a man he once described as his ‘favourite hero’

4 Mar 2019 - 12:08PM

Silencing the media, weaponising the law, building a macho personality cult: the Philippine leader has drawn heavily from the playbook of a man he once described as his ‘favourite hero’

Duterte is the Putin of Asia. Maria Ressa is the proof
Opinion | Why China’s eyeing of bankrupt Philippine shipyard sets off alarms in maritime Southeast Asia

Richard Heydarian writes that China’s interest in giant Subic Bay shipyard, a former US naval base, triggers anxiety over Beijing’s growing influence.

3 Mar 2019 - 11:15PM

Richard Heydarian writes that China’s interest in giant Subic Bay shipyard, a former US naval base, triggers anxiety over Beijing’s growing influence.

Why China’s eyeing of bankrupt Philippine shipyard sets off alarms in maritime Southeast Asia
Opinion | On course for a moment of truth in South China Sea as US Navy ups the ante

The Pentagon is stepping up its freedom of navigation operations and openly challenging Chinese paramilitary forces in the disputed region, but it seems to have only emboldened China to fortify its claims.

17 Feb 2019 - 11:15PM

The Pentagon is stepping up its freedom of navigation operations and openly challenging Chinese paramilitary forces in the disputed region, but it seems to have only emboldened China to fortify its claims.

On course for a moment of truth in South China Sea as US Navy ups the ante
Asian Angle | Taho-gate has stained Duterte’s Philippines-China love affair

The humiliation of a Filipino law enforcer at the hands of a Chinese student is about more than a flying sweet pudding; it symbolises how a once strong relationship between two countries is turning increasingly sour

14 Feb 2019 - 5:11PM

The humiliation of a Filipino law enforcer at the hands of a Chinese student is about more than a flying sweet pudding; it symbolises how a once strong relationship between two countries is turning increasingly sour

Taho-gate has stained Duterte’s Philippines-China love affair
To the Philippine Catholic Church, Duterte is a modern-day Henry VIII

In seeking to curtail the influence of the church, Duterte isn’t acting only upon personal and political grievances, he is reasserting the primacy of the state in public life.

7 Feb 2019 - 3:31PM

In seeking to curtail the influence of the church, Duterte isn’t acting only upon personal and political grievances, he is reasserting the primacy of the state in public life.

To the Philippine Catholic Church, Duterte is a modern-day Henry VIII
Opinion | How Washington’s ambiguity in South China Sea puts the Philippine-US alliance at a crossroads

Richard Heydarian writes that the Philippines could ‘downgrade’ its long-standing association with the US if Washington remains unclear on its commitments in disputed waters.

31 Jan 2019 - 10:31PM

Richard Heydarian writes that the Philippines could ‘downgrade’ its long-standing association with the US if Washington remains unclear on its commitments in disputed waters.

How Washington’s ambiguity in South China Sea puts the Philippine-US alliance at a crossroads
On Reflection | As Muslims vote on self-rule in Philippines, Duterte’s legacy is in God’s hands

A referendum on establishing a ‘Bangsamoro’ – or nation of Moros – looks likely to pass, but as a recent terrorist attack in Jolo shows, the challenge has just begun for a president who promised ‘a Mindanao governed in peace’

30 Jan 2019 - 8:05AM

A referendum on establishing a ‘Bangsamoro’ – or nation of Moros – looks likely to pass, but as a recent terrorist attack in Jolo shows, the challenge has just begun for a president who promised ‘a Mindanao governed in peace’

As Muslims vote on self-rule in Philippines, Duterte’s legacy is in God’s hands
Opinion | Why the world’s hopes for order and prosperity could rest on China in an emerging age of calamity

Richard Heydarian writes that China is uniquely positioned to help mitigate climate change and provide humanitarian relief during the coming anarchy.

19 Jan 2019 - 4:33PM

Richard Heydarian writes that China is uniquely positioned to help mitigate climate change and provide humanitarian relief during the coming anarchy.

Why the world’s hopes for order and prosperity could rest on China in an emerging age of calamity
Asian Angle | Duterte, Modi, Widodo. Re-elected or not, their populism will live on

There is too little faith in democracy to beat ‘emerging market populism’ by appealing to values. Only an alternative political agenda that combines rights and effective governance can win back the disgruntled middle classes

21 Mar 2019 - 2:30PM

There is too little faith in democracy to beat ‘emerging market populism’ by appealing to values. Only an alternative political agenda that combines rights and effective governance can win back the disgruntled middle classes

Duterte, Modi, Widodo. Re-elected or not, their populism will live on