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Past articles by Joshua:

Myanmar shows militaries are getting better at overthrowing elected governments

Militaries are getting better at overthrowing elected governments. → Read More

Thai King’s Power Grab Could Backfire

Thai King’s Power Grab Could Backfire | RealClearWorld → Read More

Unfixable: Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was never the same.

Several nations have tried to restore democracy after populist strongmen. It was never the same. Leaders like Trump do lasting damage to their political systems. → Read More

Is Malaysia about to follow the path of Erdogan’s Turkey?

Next week’s election could seal the country’s fate for years to come → Read More

People abroad are asking their militaries to save their democracies. It won’t work.

When generals get a taste of political power, they tend to come back for more. → Read More

So you thought the global populist wave was ebbing? Think again.

The case for pessimism. → Read More


Writing New Rules for the U.S.-China Investment Relationship

The United States should aim for a version of reciprocity that allows it the flexibility to maximize pressure on the broad range of Chinese industrial policy concerns while leaving a clear route to negotiations. → Read More

The Trumping of Cambodian Democracy

Cambodian democracy has long been a shaky affair, with elections that are only sometimes free and fair. But by ignoring the slide toward dictatorship there and elsewhere in the region, US President Donald Trump is encouraging Asia's autocrats and damaging America's long-term interests. → Read More

What Did Trump Achieve in Asia? Er, Not Much

On trade and human rights, Trump disappointed our allies and strengthened Xi’s hand. → Read More


2018 Will be a Pivotal Year for Southeast Asian Democracy

Democratic backsliding in Southeast Asia continues, extending a trend that has been at work in the region for more than a decade. → Read More

Why Aung San Suu Kyi isn’t protecting the Rohingya in Burma

What prompted her to cast aside her moral authority? → Read More

While Trump Obsesses About North Korea, Cambodia and Burma Are Going to Hell

The growing crises in mainland Southeast Asia are quickly spiraling out of control. → Read More


The Marine Photo Scandal and the Cost of Indifference

Americans may finally be ready to confront the dehumanizing horrors facing women service members, writes Gayle Tzemach Lemmon. → Read More

Kim Jong Un’s Assassins Eliminate a Top Rival

Kim Jong Un’s quest for absolute security could come back to haunt him. → Read More


Joshua Kurlantzick: A Great Place to Have a War

The definitive account of the secret war in the tiny Southeast Asian nation of Laos, which lasted almost two decades and forever changed the CIA’s controversial role in foreign policy. → Read More

Trump is feuding with the CIA, but he could end up making it stronger

The administration seems poised to further unleash the agency's paramilitary branch. → Read More


Sebastian Mallaby Responds to Ben Bernanke

Sebastian Mallaby responds to former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke’s review of his biography on Alan Greenspan. → Read More


Trump Could Cause a Train Wreck at the Fed

Trump poses a serious threat to U.S. institutions, argues Sebastian Mallaby in a new Washington Post op-ed, and the Federal Reserve is right in the line of fire. → Read More


India-U.S. Ties in a Trump Presidency

Much of the new U.S. administration’s foreign policy is a mystery, but expect broad policy continuity in U.S. relations with India while geopolitical and geoeconomic questions pull the two countries in new directions. → Read More


Post-Election, Will the U.S. Have an Asia Policy?

Among many challenges revealed during the 2016 presidential election to the Obama adminisration’s rebalance to Asia, Sheila A. Smith, senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, notes “it is the United States’ own commitment to the region that seems the most fragile.” → Read More