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Richard Heydarian: New Cold War: Philippines, Taiwan, and the Sino-American Struggle for Global Mastery

  • 05 Apr 2024
  • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Pkwy, Hilton Head Island, SC


  • Non-WACHH members may register in advance for themselves and a guest if desired.

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The lecture provides an overview of the origins, nature and trajectory of what can be best described as a "New Cold War" or, to be even more accurate, the "Real Cold War", as two peer superpowers, the US and China -- each possessing the world's largest economies and militaries -- scramble for primacy in the world's most dynamic region. But far from reducing the rest of the world into passive bystanders, Heydarian analyzes the strategic agency of smaller powers such as the Philippines and Taiwan in shaping the future of the Indo-Pacific and, by extension, the 21st century global order.


Richard Javad Heydarian Richard Javad Heydarian is a global columnist, academic and policy adviser. Widely considered as one of the most prolific geopolitical analysts in Asia, he is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Philippines, Asian Center, formerly a Research Fellow at National Chengchi University in Taiwan, and has delivered lectures at the world’s leading universities, including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and Beijing universities.

Penning thousands of articles and essays in the past decade, he has written for the world’s leading publications, including The New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, 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 Asian geopolitical affairs. His latest books are Asia’s New Battlefield (Zed, 2015), 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).

Among his latest academic works are, Penal Populism in Emerging Markets (Cambridge University Press, 2020) and The Ascent of Asian Strongmen: Emerging Market Populism and the Revolt Against Liberal Globalization (Springer 2020); Philippine Politics: From Rizal to Duterte (Oxford University Press, 2020), Subaltern Populism: Dutertismo and the War on Constitutional Democracy (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

He is also a regular contributor to leading global think tanks such as Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Brooking Institution, and Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He also hosts a television show, "The View from Manila", focusing on geopolitics in Asia, with the TV5 Network in the Philippines.

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Guests may register in advance for $15 or register at the door for $20. Please arrive at 9:30 am to check in. Advance registration opens one month before each event and closes the Wednesday before each event. There is no cost for WACHH members to attend.

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