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Joshua Kurlantzick

Senior Fellow for Southeast Asia

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Southeast Asia, China; Asian regionalism; public diplomacy; democratization in the developing world.

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What action, if any, should be taken by outside actors to support reform in Myanmar?

Asked by Talee
Author: Joshua Kurlantzick

Despite impressive changes over the past three years, Myanmar (or Burma) now faces growing insecurity and rising disappointment among citizens that reform has not brought higher standards of living. Interethnic and interreligious unrest now threaten to halt reforms altogether, depress much-needed investment, and could even lead to broader regional tensions.

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Roundtable Meeting

Realizing Democracy: Lessons from Thailand and Indonesia

Speaker:

Joshua Kurlantzick, Fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Isobel Coleman, Senior Fellow for U.S. Foreign Policy, Director, Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Initiative, Council on Foreign Relations
May 13, 2013

This meeting is on the record.

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

U.S. Policy Options Toward Myanmar

Speakers:

Joshua Kurlantzick, Fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations, Lex Rieffel, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Global Economy and Development, Brookings Institution

Presider:

Romesh Ratnesar, Deputy Editor, Bloomberg Businessweek
April 19, 2012 12:00-12:30 p.m. - Lunch Reception
12:30-1:30 p.m. - Meeting

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Roundtable Meeting

Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys Over Girls

Speaker:

Mara Hvistendahl, Correspondent, Science Magazine

Presiders:

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, Council on Foreign Relations, Joshua Kurlantzick, Fellow for Southeast Asia, Council on Foreign Relations
February 6, 2012

This meeting is not for attribution.

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Bio

Joshua Kurlantzick is a senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). 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.

Mr. Kurlantzick 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 also serves on the editorial board of Current History.

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. His first book, Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World, was nominated for CFR's 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award. He is the author of the recently published book Democracy in Retreat.

Mr. Kurlantzick received his BA in political science from Haverford College.