Armed Conflict Mediator & Writer
Michael Vatikiotis has been a writer, broadcaster and journalist in Asia for over 30 years. He has written two books on regional politics: Indonesian Politics Under Suharto and Political Change in Southeast Asia. His published fiction includes two novels set in Indonesia. He is a regular broadcaster and contributor to the opinion page of several newspapers. Vatikiotis is a graduate of the School of Oriental and African Studies in London and was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Maryland. He is also a member of the Asia Society’s International Council.
Think of the country, divided by two religions, partitioned in the first half of the 20th century by an arbitrary border drawn by departing Englishmen after centuries of colonialization. The larger part was agricultural, the smaller part more urban. The border has been a constant source of conflict and due to an election in one […]
In June 1989, a Chinese man, carrying his shopping, stood in front of a column of People’s Liberation Army tanks in Tiananmen Square, defiant. Tank Man became the symbol of resistance and his action was the culmination of weeks of clashes between the government and pro-democracy protestors. Then the soldiers moved in and within hours […]