Walden Bello

Walden Bello is a cochair of Focus on the Global South, an affiliate of Chulalongkorn University, and a former member of the Philippines House of Representatives.

People Say the Next Philippine President Is a Lot Like Trump. Here’s Why.

People Say the Next Philippine President Is a Lot Like Trump. Here’s Why. People Say the Next Philippine President Is a Lot Like Trump. Here’s Why.

A hapless elite, an angry electorate, and a brash front-runner with little regard for democratic norms: The latest Philippine election sounds a lot like America’s.

May 20, 2016 / Walden Bello

China’s Stock Market Crash Is the Latest Crisis of Global Capitalism

China’s Stock Market Crash Is the Latest Crisis of Global Capitalism China’s Stock Market Crash Is the Latest Crisis of Global Capitalism

Alongside rising protests from farmers and workers, China now confronts a middle class anxious about a slowdown in growth and burned by the stock market bust. It’s a volatile brew.

Oct 5, 2015 / Walden Bello

What the Class Politics of World War II Mean for Tensions in Asia Today

What the Class Politics of World War II Mean for Tensions in Asia Today What the Class Politics of World War II Mean for Tensions in Asia Today

In the Philippines, the grandson of a despised collaborator has endorsed the remilitarization of his country's former occupiers—by the grandson of a war criminal, no less.

Sep 22, 2015 / Foreign Policy In Focus / Walden Bello

Why Are Liberal Democracies So Bad at Creating Economic Equality?

Why Are Liberal Democracies So Bad at Creating Economic Equality? Why Are Liberal Democracies So Bad at Creating Economic Equality?

The “Third Wave” of democracy in the Global South went hand in hand with the spread of policies that hobbled the fight for greater economic equality from the outset.

Mar 23, 2015 / Feature / Walden Bello

The US Military Just Plunged Philippine Politics Into Crisis

The US Military Just Plunged Philippine Politics Into Crisis The US Military Just Plunged Philippine Politics Into Crisis

American fingerprints are all over a botched commando raid in the southern Philippines that left dozens dead and shocked the country.

Mar 17, 2015 / Foreign Policy In Focus / Walden Bello and Foreign Policy In Focus

How the Left Failed France’s Muslims

How the Left Failed France’s Muslims How the Left Failed France’s Muslims

When the left abdicated its outreach to marginalized communities, the Islamists moved in.

Feb 6, 2015 / Foreign Policy In Focus / Walden Bello and Foreign Policy In Focus

Fatal Encounter: A Transgender Woman Meets the US Marine Corps

Fatal Encounter: A Transgender Woman Meets the US Marine Corps Fatal Encounter: A Transgender Woman Meets the US Marine Corps

The murder of a transgender woman in the Philippines reveals the homophobia in the Marine Corps and the dangers of US military presence in the region.

Oct 29, 2014 / Foreign Policy In Focus / Walden Bello and Foreign Policy In Focus

BRICS 2014

The BRICS: Challengers to the Global Status Quo The BRICS: Challengers to the Global Status Quo

Can the BRICS wrest control of the global economy from the United States and Europe, or will their internal contradictions tear them apart?

Sep 4, 2014 / Foreign Policy In Focus / Walden Bello and Foreign Policy In Focus

Class War: Thailand’s Military Coup

Class War: Thailand’s Military Coup Class War: Thailand’s Military Coup

Outnumbered by the country’s rural voters, Thailand’s once vibrantly democratic urban middle class has embraced an elitist, antidemocratic agenda.

May 27, 2014 / Foreign Policy In Focus / Walden Bello and Foreign Policy In Focus

Obama in Asia: Washington Extracts Rent-Free Basing From the Philippines

Obama in Asia: Washington Extracts Rent-Free Basing From the Philippines Obama in Asia: Washington Extracts Rent-Free Basing From the Philippines

By linking itself to Washington in its territorial disputes with China, the Philippines risks getting caught up in a superpower conflict.

Apr 30, 2014 / Foreign Policy In Focus / Walden Bello and Foreign Policy In Focus

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