Chinese foreign policy, Southeast Asia, and Indo-Pacific security
Charles Dunst is an associate with The Asia Group's Research & Analytics practice, analyzing political and economic developments across the Indo-Pacific. He is also a fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a contributing editor of American Purpose, Francis Fukuyama's new magazine. He is writing a book for Hodder & Stoughton on combating autocracy.
His research focuses on Chinese foreign policy, Southeast Asia, and Indo-Pacific security. He regularly publishes in the media, and has written opinion and analysis articles for The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), among other outlets. He has appeared on broadcast channels like BBC News, ABC News, and TV Tokyo, and is regularly quoted in outlets like the Financial Times, Bloomberg, and POLITICO.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Dunst was an associate with Eurasia Group's Global Macro practice, focusing on China, Southeast Asia, and Indo-Pacific security. He was also a visiting scholar at the East-West Center in Washington, studying China-Southeast Asia relations.
He was previously a foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia (2018-19), reporting from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar for The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, and Haaretz. He covered topics like U.S.-Southeast Asia relations, Chinese influence in the region, and Myanmar's foreign policy. He has also lived in Hungary and England, and reported from Israel and the Palestinian territories, Romania, and Andorra.
Dunst is a member of CFR's Young Professionals Briefing Series for international relations leaders who have not yet reached the age of thirty to be eligible for CFR term membership and of GLIFAA, which represents LGBT+ personnel working in U.S. foreign affairs.
He holds an M.Sc. with Distinction in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. with honors in World Politics from Hamilton College, for which he also studied at Hungary's Corvinus University of Budapest. He speaks elementary Khmer (just enough to order kuy teav at a Phnom Penh market) and limited Spanish.
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Southeast Asia Program, February 2022
Foreign Policy, December 2021
Council on Foreign Relations, August 2021
East-West Center, AsiaPacific Issues, No. 148, April 2021
Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs (U.S. Air Force), Myanmar Crisis Special Issue, Vol 4, No. 6, August 2021