Josh Kurlantzick

Expert on China's investment and economy

Washington, DC, USA

(GMT-05:00) America/New_York

About Josh Kurlantzick

Joshua Kurlantzick is Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is one of the world's leading experts on Chinese investment in other countries, on Chinese aid to other countries, and on China's economic environment for foreign investors.  He also examines Chinese soft power, China's response to COVID-19, and the impact of COVID-19 on China-US relations and Chinese investment and trade.

He also has extensively consulted with private sector entities on Asia’s broader political risk, on U.S. policy toward Asia, on specific sectors and firms in Asian countries beyond China, and on country-specific political and economic risks. He has done this work for hedge funds, major companies in both the United States and Asia, political risk outfits, ministries, and financial institutions, among others. This analysis has resulted in a range of products including 10-20 page reports with recommendations, oral briefings, raw compilations of notes similar to investigative research, PowerPoint strategy proposals, quantitative sectoral analyses, and others.

His book State Capitalism (Oxford University Press, April 2016), examines the growth of state control of economies in Asia and other parts of the world, and the impact of this state capitalism on democracy, the global economy, security, and private sector multinationals. His previous book, Democracy in Retreat: The Revolt of the Middle Class and the Worldwide Decline in Representative Governance (Yale University Press, 2013), examined the backsliding in democratization among developing nations, and analyzed the reasons for this current wave of anti-democratic retrenchment, including in Asia, Latin America, and Eastern Europe. He is working on a new book on Chinese soft power and influence.

Media Portfolio

All recent publications on Asia and U.S. foreign policy
The U.S. and Thailand: warm relations but Thailand stays the same
Aung San Suu Kyi is the bad guy in the Rohingya crisis, but what about the man directly responsible for the massacres?
Cambodia Draws Closer to Outright Authoritarianism
How the Burmese Military Endeared Itself to the World
The alternative paths of multilateral trade deals
Aspenia Online
Nov 21, 2017

Trade policy
The Trumping of Cambodian Democracy
Project Syndicate
Dec 01, 2017
Monks With Machetes
Washington Monthly
Jan 08, 2018

Myanmar
Thailand’s junta faces mounting pressure
IAPS Dialogue
Mar 15, 2018

Thailand
Trump Has Abandoned Democracy Promotion. Which Countries Could Fill the Void?
World Politics Review
Mar 19, 2018