On our third instalment of our landmark World Leaders series, we speak with Michael Vatikiotis, an Asian-based writer, journalist, and private diplomat who talks about Asia’s rising power as a result of their handling of COVID-19..
Vatikiotis was previously editor of the Far Eastern Economic Review and a correspondent for the Hong Kong-based news magazine for 16 years. He currently lives in Singapore and is the Asia Regional Director of the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, a Geneva-based private foundation that facilitates dialogue to resolve armed conflicts. In addition to his novels, Vatikiotis regularly writes opinion pieces for international and regional newspapers and is a regular contributor to Al Jazeera and the BBC.
Vatikiotis offers an unique perspective on how the COVID-19 pandemic will move Asia up on the world stage and give the region more influence and power going forward.