Books

"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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