Associate Fellow, Asia-Pacific 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.

Areas of expertise

  • South China Sea
  • Vietnam
  • Southeast Asia
  • Myanmar

Past experience

1998-presentBBC News