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Richard Heydarian: Trump, China, & the New Struggle for Global Mastery

Posted on Jan 28, 2020 by in Podcast |

Geopolitical analyst Richard Heydarian discusses the new struggle for global mastery between the United States and China in the Indo-Pacific. He takes a nuanced look at the Trump Doctrine which although abiding by a Nixonian “Madman Strategy” accelerating the decline of American hyperpower in Asia, may yet have some tricks up its sleeves. While he sees China rising with its $8 trillion Belt & Road price tag, he finds the Middle Kingdom may actually be at its peak in terms of economic and geopolitical power. Ultimately, he sees the middle powers in ASEAN and the region leading the way in a “Rhizomatic Order” defined by constrainment (of China), defrag-megration, and regionalism.

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Show Notes

Scepticism rises in Philippines about Chinese projects and Duterte’s support of them

As Indonesia stands up to China, who will follow in Southeast Asia?

Twilight of Duterte presidency might also mean last days of Philippines’ long entanglement with the US



About Richard Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is a multi-awarded public educator, academic, columnist, and policy adviser. He has taught political science at De La Salle University and Ateneo De Manila University, and is an incoming research fellow at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. He is currently resident analyst at GMA network, a columnist for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, and a regular opinion writer for leading global publications. His latest book is “The Rise of Duterte: A Populist Revolt against Elite Democracy” (Palgrave), which was 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…” He is also the author of forthcoming “The IndoPacfic Age: Trump, China, and the New Global Struggle for Mastery” (Palgrave) and “Duterte’s Foreign Policy”.

He is a regular contributor to the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) and Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC, and has written for or/and interviewed by Aljazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Economist, among other leading global publications.

He has been described as “one of Asia’s most prolific…analysts,” and was awarded as the 2018 Ten Outstanding Young Persons in the World (TOYP) by JCI international for his contributions in social sciences. He has been invited to speak at the world’s leading universities such as Harvard University, Stanford University, Columbia University, York University, and Australian National University, among others, and major global conferences on Asian geopolitical affairs.

*Podcast intro music is from the song “The Queens Jig” by “Musicke & Mirth” from their album “Music for Two Lyra Viols”: (available on iTunes or Amazon)