Chinese foreign policy, Southeast Asia, and the Indo-Pacific


Charles Dunst is an associate with Eurasia Group's Global Macro practice, focusing on Chinese foreign policy and the geopolitics of Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific. He is also an adjunct fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies's Southeast Asia program and a contributing editor of American Purpose, Francis Fukuyama's new magazine.


He regularly publishes in the media, and has written opinion pieces on international affairs and LGBT+ issues for The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, and the Council on Foreign Relations, among other outlets. He has appeared on BBC News, ABC News, and Newsy.

A former foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia (2018-19), Dunst reported from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar for publications including The New York TimesThe AtlanticForeign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and Haaretz. During this period, he covered stories including U.S. deportations to Indochina, China's growing influence in the region, Myanmar's foreign policy, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen's propaganda efforts, and the Khmer Rouge tribunal. He has also lived in Hungary and England, and reported from Israel and the Palestinian territories, Romania, and Andorra.

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.


Select Publications


Foreign Policy, August 2021


Council on Foreign Relations, August 2021

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East-West Center, AsiaPacific Issues, No. 148, April 2021 (peer-reviewed)


Journal of Indo-Pacific Affairs (U.S. Air Force), Myanmar Crisis Special Issue, Vol 4, No. 6, August 2021

Image: Kampot, Cambodia (Charles Dunst)