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Joshua Kurlantzick

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations

Joshua Kurlantzick is fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. Mr. Kurlantzick was most recently a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where he studied Southeast Asian politics and economics and China’s relations with Southeast Asia, including Chinese investment, aid and diplomacy.

Previously, he was a fellow at the University of Southern California Center on Public Diplomacy and a fellow at the Pacific Council on International Policy. He has also served as a columnist for Time, a special correspondent for The New Republic, a senior correspondent for the American Prospect, and a contributing writer for Mother Jones.

He is the winner of the Luce Scholarship for journalism in Asia and was selected as a finalist for the Osborn Elliot prize for journalism in Asia. He is the author of two books: Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline of Representative Government (Yale, 2013) and Charm Offensive: How China’s Soft Power Is Transforming the World (Yale, 2007).

Mr. Kurlantzick received his B.A. in political science from Haverford College, in Pennsylvania.

Articles by Joshua Kurlantzick

China’s Media and Information Warfare

One of Beijing’s goals globally is to promote its model of technology-enabled authoritarianism. Democracies ought to share best practices on how to respond.

April 6, 2023

China and Coronavirus: From Home-Made Disaster to Global Mega-Opportunity

Despite an initially horrendous response, China now utilizes its Coronavirus campaign to build global soft power

March 16, 2020

Weak and Undemocratic Governance is Dangerous for Your Health

Many Southeast Asian governments are failing the coronavirus test. Singapore stands out positively, Thailand negatively.

February 1, 2020

Exceptional Malaysia

Malaysia achieved an impressive democratic victory. Just don’t expect its success to spread to the rest of Southeast Asia.

July 2, 2018

Trump’s Playing Loose with the Law: A Global Perspective

Trump might seem pro-business, but he could do great harm to U.S. corporations and their worldwide interests.

November 29, 2017

Democracy Goes into Reverse

Western leaders more or less unthinkingly assume that democracy will eventually triumph worldwide. Are they correct?

April 6, 2013

Chinese Soft Power in Southeast Asia (Part II)

Will China's growing clout in the developing world eventually create blowback against it?

July 3, 2007

Chinese Soft Power in Southeast Asia (Part I)

How has China portrayed itself as the natural guardian of developing countries?

July 2, 2007