Richard Javad Heydarian

Assistant Professor in International Studies, De La Salle University

Richard Javad Foronda Heydarian is an academic, opinion columnist, and media pundit as well as policy adviser, focusing on the Asia-Pacific region. He has written for and/or interviewed by, Aljazeera, BBC, Bloomberg, CNN, CNBC, Christian Science Monitor, Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Economist, Reuters, USA TODAY, The Nation, NPR, Spiegel, among other leading global publications and news outlets. He is a regular opinion writer for Aljazeera English (Doha) and The Straits Times (Singapore).

He is a regular contributor to the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington D.C, and has had numerous expert contributions to Brookings Institution and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He also has had numerous contributions to Australia’s Lowy Institute for International Policy, Indian Council on Global Relations (Gateway House), and the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS).

He has also written or been interviewed by all major Asian media outlets such as Asia Times, CCTV, China Daily, South China Morning Post, Nikkei Asia Review, Hong Kong Economic Journal, Phoenix TV, Yomiuri Shimbun, Xinhua, among others. He has also written lead essays such as the July 2016 cover story for The Diplomat magazine, a leading Asian affairs publication based in Tokyo.

He is one of the most sought after analysts in the Philippines and Southeast Asia on regional and current affairs. He has advised presidential cabinet members, presidential candidates, the Philippine Congress, members of Armed Forces of the Philippines and Coast Guard, credit rating agencies, and numerous diplomatic posts and companies, hedge funds, and major investors on geopolitical and economic affairs of East Asia and the Philippines.


  • –present
    Assistant Professor in International Studies, De La Salle University