Walden Bello

Walden Bello

Senior analyst at Philippine think-tank Focus on the Global South, TNI fellow and Akbayan representative in the Filipino Congress.

Author of more than 14 books, Bello was awarded the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) in 2003 for "... outstanding efforts in educating civil society about the effects of corporate globalisation, and how alternatives to it can be implemented." Bello has been described by the Economist as the man “who popularised a new term: deglobalisation.”

Bello predicted the financial crisis several years prior to the current meltdown and is a globally respected figure within the alternative globalisation movement. Canadian author Naomi Klein called him the "world's leading no-nonsense revolutionary."

Areas of expertise:

Economic and Financial Crisis; Regionalisms & Globalisation; Alternatives to Corporate Globalisation; International Financial Institutions; World Trade Organisation; Alternative Security in the Asia-Pacific; Food and Agriculture;


South Korea's Suh Sang Don Prize in 2001; Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, in 2003

Media experience:

Bello is a regular contributor to numerous periodicals including Review of international Political Economy, Third World Quarterly, Foreign Policy, Race and Class, Le Monde Diplomatique, Le Monde, Guardian, Boston Globe, Far Eastern Economic Review, and La Jornada and has been interviewed by a wide range of international television and radio programmes.


Contact details:

Email: waldenbello [at] hotmail.com

Languages spoken:



Recent content by Walden Bello

The Brics and Global Capitalism

September 2014
The rapid growth of BRICS economies can not obscure a growing crisis of inequality, social unrest and the perils and limits of export-orientated economies.

Yolanda: the Messenger

November 2013
It seems these days that whenever Mother Nature wants to send an urgent message to humankind, it sends it via the Philippines. This year the messenger was Yolanda, a.k.a. Haiyan.

The Checkered History of Humanitarian Intervention

September 2013
The impending US strike on Syria is justified as necessary to punish the Assad regime for using chemical weapons on its citizens and prevent it from further employing them. The situation, says Washington, calls for “humanitarian intervention.”

On the Disappearance of Sombath Somphone

January 2013
The Asia-Europe People’s Forum requested a delegation of ASEAN parliamentarians to visit the Lao Peoples’ Democratic Republic to investigate the disappearance of Sombath Somphone, the prominent Lao leader of civil society. 

Towards a grand compromise in climate negotiations

November 2012
Could dread at the deadly consequences of climate change force a compromise between Washington and Beijing in the same way fear of nuclear war caused a US-Soviet Union detente?

The Apple Connection

February 2012
iPad and iPhone are engineering masterpieces, but they also epitomise the social relations of production today where capital is free and labour is repressed.

The Crisis of Humanitarian Intervention

August 2011
Events in Libya and Syria have again brought the legitimacy of armed humanitarian intervention and so-called “responsibility to protect” into question.

As authoritarian China loses luster, TNCs flirt with democratic Indonesia and Brazil

June 2011
Make way China! Here come Brazil and Indonesia as new kids on the block for transnational corporations' investments in their global search for cheap labour and social stability.

Osama is no martyr, but the man prevailed

May 2011
The US response to 9/11 over the last decade played right into bin Laden's preferred terrain.

The Arab Revolutions and the Democratic Imagination

March 2011
The revolutionary democrats of the Arab world have an opportunity to bring about the next stage in the global democratic revolution.