Walden Bello is one of the leading critics of the current model of economic globalization, combining the roles of intellectual and activist. The Southeast Asia Center welcomed Mr. Bello in November, in an event co-sponsored by the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies; Departments of History, Geography, and American Ethnic Studies; and, the Simpson Center for the Humanities. He is author or co-author of some 20 books, including State of Fragmentation: the Philippines in Transition (2014), Capitalism’s Last Stand? (2013), Food Wars (2009), Dilemmas of Domination (2005), American Lake: the Nuclear Peril in the Pacific (1988), and Development Debacle: the World Bank in the Philippines (1982). His first book,The Logistics of Repression (1978) was a landmark exposé of US military and economic aid to the Marcos regime.
Bello served as Executive Director of the Institute for Food and Development Policy (Food First), based in the Bay Area, from 1990 to 1994. He also co-founded the Bangkok-based research and advocacy think-tank Focus on the Global South and served as its Executive Director from 1995 to 2007. Currently, he is an associate of the Amsterdam-based Transnational Institute, where he is looking into global financial reform.
For his critical work on corporate-driven globalization, Bello received the Right Livelihood Award, also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize, in Stockholm in 2003. Bello is also a former member of the Philippine Congress,