Books

This book places the presidency of Donald Trump as well as the brewing Sino-American Cold War within the broader historical context of American hegemony in Asia, which traces its roots to Alfred Thayer Mahan’s call for a naval build up in the Pacific, the subsequent colonization of the Philippines and, ultimately, reaching its apotheosis after the defeat of Imperial Japan in the Second World War. The book, drawing on visits from Cairo to California and Perth to Pyongyang as well as interviews and exchanges with heads of state and senior officials from across the Indo-Pacific, provides an overview of the arc of American primacy in the region for scholars, journalists, and concerned citizens.

"Richard Heydarian captures the great power competition between the United States and China, and its impact on the Indo-Pacific region, better than any other single author to date. Heydarian's independent analysis, engaging voice, and commanding knowledge should be read throughout the Indo-Pacific region and the United States."

Patrick M. Cronin, Chair for Asia-Pacific Security, Hudson Institute

"This book is a must reading for those of us who would like a clear understanding of the leadership style of the superpowers as well as the future of the Indo-Pacific concept and the Belt and Road Initiative, from the perspective of a young Southeast Asian analyst."

Wilfrido Villacorta, former ASEAN Deputy Secretary-General

"Richard Heydarian’s new book deals front and center with the great geo-stratetegic issues of our time...Richard weaves these themes through his book, importantly, including from the perspectives of middle and small powers in the Indo Pacific."

Stephen Francis Smith, former Australian Defense and Foreign Minister.

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"The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt against Elite Democracy" is the first internationally published book on the Filipino president that situates him within a broader context of US-China rivalry and global rise of populism.

It was selected among The Financial Times' "Best of weekend long reads", and described as "a superb monograph on the Duterte Phenomenon, grounded in political theory and Philippine history..."

The Times Literary Supplement (TLS) describes it as an important work which, "vividly describes the simmering public dissatisfaction with post-Marcos 'elite democracy' that paved the way for Duterte's rapid rise to power…"

The Mekong Review "praised" the book for it “offers important, deep context to a man and his methods at a time when the volume and speed of incendiary rhetoric render such deep research and thinking all the more necessary… Heydarian’s observations about Duterte’s courting of China have proved prescient”

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How Capitalism Failed the Arab World: The Economic Roots and Precarious Future of the Middle East Uprisings, was published by Zed books, a leading progressive publisher in London, United Kingdom. The book provides a comprehensive account of the roots of the revolutionary upheavals in the Middle East in 2010/2011, their prospects for success in terms of establishing new democratic institutions and, in some cases like Syria and Libya, their troubling transmogrification into civil war and havens of terror, as Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and other extremist groups filled in the post-revolutionary political vacuum.

“An intellectually and morally courageous analysis of how the interplay between global capitalist forces and local tyrannies fuelled one national uprising after another....”

Alamin Mazrui, Professor, Rutgers University

“An extremely timely book which shows how globalization and capitalism have failed the Arab world, driven by crony capitalism...”

Jane Harrigan, Professor of Economics, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

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In 2015, he published another single-authored book, "Asia's New Battlefield: US, China, and the Struggle for Western Pacific" (Zed, London), which provides a comprehensive account of the territorial disputes in East and Southeast Asia and how it affects smaller countries like the Philippines. It traces the decades-long evolution of Sino-American relations in Asia, and how this pivotal relationship has been central to prosperity and stability in one of the most dynamics regions of the world. It also looks at how middle powers – from Japan and Australia to India and South Korea – have joined the fray, trying to shape the trajectory of the territorial disputes in the Western Pacific, which can, in turn, alter the future of Asia – and ignite an international war that could re-configure the global order.

Drawing on extensive discussions and interviews with experts and senior policy-makers across the Asia-Pacific region, the book highlights the growing geopolitical significance of the East and South China Sea disputes to the future of Asia – providing insights into how the so- called Pacific century will shape up. The book has also been very well-received, and is currently available at leading bookstores in the Philippines and globally as well as in leading universities' libraries. The following are some of the praises for the book:

“Combining lucid analysis with rich data and elegant prose, Heydarian's book is a must-read for anyone who is interested in the future of Asia.”

Alexander Vuving, Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies, Honolulu, Hawaii

“Heydarian offers a study of the South China Sea disputes that is novel in approach and impressive in breadth.”

Gregory Poling, Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington D.C.

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