CHARLES DUNST

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 an adjunct fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a contributing editor of American Purpose, Francis Fukuyama's new magazine.

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 TimesThe AtlanticThe Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), among other outlets. He has appeared on BBC News, ABC NewsTV Tokyo, and Radio Free Asia.

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, where he studied 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 TimesThe 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.

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Select Publications

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Center for Strategic and International Studies, Southeast Asia Program, November 2021

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Foreign Policy, December 2021

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Council on Foreign Relations, Asia Unbound, August 2021

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East-West Center, AsiaPacific Issues, No. 148, April 2021

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

Image: Kampot, Cambodia (Charles Dunst)