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About Dr. Prashanth Parameswaran

I lived in Southeast Asia for nearly two decades and have over fifteen years of experience working on and in Asia for think tanks, businesses, governments and the media, with a focus on foreign and security policy and analyzing geopolitical and geoeconomic trends and developments. I’m concurrently a fellow for the Wilson Center, a senior columnist at The Diplomat magazine and an instructor at various institutions including the State Department and the Department of Defense. (NOTE: All views expressed in this newsletter are entirely my own).

I’ve written thousands of pieces on regional issues and have been published widely in leading publications and journals such as CNN, The Washington Post, The South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, Asia Policy and Contemporary Southeast Asia. I’ve also written a book on how to think about major power commitments to regions of the world, and the responses of regional states to evolving geopolitical changes, a framework that I applied to U.S. commitment to Southeast Asia amid evolving trends including intensifying U.S.-China competition.

A political scientist by training, I earned my PhD and master’s degree at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and my bachelor’s degree at the University of Virgnia.

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Dr. Prashanth Parameswaran

Dr. Prashanth Parameswaran is the founder of ASEAN Wonk, a publication that offers concise expert insights on global and Asia foreign and security policy – with a focus on Southeast Asia.