Associate Fellow, Asia Programme
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Bill Hayton was appointed an associate fellow in 2015. He is the author of ‘The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia’ published by Yale University Press and named as one of The Economist's books of the year in 2014. His previous book, ‘Vietnam: rising dragon’, was published in 2010, also by Yale.

He has given presentations about South China Sea and Southeast Asian issues for think-tanks and government institutions in the UK, US, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Singapore. His written work has been published in The Economist, the South China Morning Post, The Diplomat and the National Interest, among others.

Bill has worked for the BBC since 1998 and currently works for BBC World News television in London. In 2006-07 he was the BBC's reporter in Vietnam and spent a year in 2013 embedded with Myanmar's state broadcaster working on media reform.

He graduated from the University of Cambridge in 1990.


  • South China Sea
  • Vietnam
  • Southeast Asia
  • Myanmar


1998-presentBBC News

Broadcast experience



  • English
  • ASEAN’s Regional Role and Relations with Japan: The Challenges of Deeper Integration with Masahiro Kawai and Moe Thuzar, February 2016

  • ‘Vietnam’ chapter in ‘Emerging US Security Partnerships in Southeast Asia’ project at the US Studies Centre, University of Sydney, Australia. Funded by the MacArthur Foundation (forthcoming)

  • Writing the history of the South China Sea disputes, in Beneath the Surface: Beyond Traditional Security and Resource Economics in the South China Sea Editors: Spangler, J.; Lopes de Souza, M.; Karalekas, D.; Routledge Security In Asia Pacific Series (forthcoming)

  • The Other Claimants: Vietnam and Philippines in the South China Sea. The Diplomat 31 July 2015

  • 'The South China Sea: the struggle for power in Asia' – book – published 2014 by Yale University Press

  • ‘Vietnam: rising dragon’ – book published 2010 by Yale