Richard Javad Heydarian is an Asia-based academic, author, and policy adviser. He is currently an Associate Professor in geopolitics at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines, a special lecturer at San Beda University, and has delivered lectures at the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and Beijing universities. He was previously a Visiting Fellow at National Chengchi University (Taiwan), and an Assistant Professor in Political Science at De La Salle University. As a columnist, he has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Foreign Affairs, and is a regular contributor to Aljazeera English, Nikkei Asian Review, South China Morning Post, and The Straits Times. He has written extensively on Philippine politics, populism, and Asian geopolitical affairs. His latest books are The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt against Elite Democracy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) and The Indo-Pacific: Trump, China, and the New Global Struggle for Mastery (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019). His forthcoming book is China’s New Empire (Melbourne University Press, 2022).

Last Updated: December 16, 2021



Three Questions for China’s Neighbors

Richard J. Heydarian, Nirupama Rao & more
“China was, is, and will always be a good neighbor,” China’s leader Xi Jinping told ASEAN representatives in a November 2021 virtual meeting, after a series of conflicts over Beijing’s territorial claims in the South China Sea had raised tensions...



Should China’s Neighbors Rely on the U.S. for Protection?

Richard J. Heydarian, Sheila Smith & more
President-elect Donald Trump campaigned on a platform of neo-isolationism that could see many traditional U.S. allies in Asia left without Washington’s support in the newly roiled waters of the South- and East China Seas. What will the governments...



How Many U.S. Allies Can China Turn?

Zhang Baohui, Richard J. Heydarian & more
Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines since June, visited China this week and signaled his interest in shifting Manila’s allegiance away from Washington toward Beijing. While his predecessor sued China in an international court to contest...