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Richard Javad Heydarian

Richard Javad Heydarian is a Manila-based foreign affairs analyst, focusing on international and development issues in the MENA and Asia-Pacific regions. He has been a regular contributor to the Asia Times, Huffington Post, the Diplomat, and RT channel. His under-graduate and graduate research background was focused on the Iranian nuclear program, economic integration, and globalization. He has presented academic papers in numerous conferences across the Asia-Pacific and beyond, namely on the economics of the Arab spring, regional integration, and energy security issues.





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