Center for Strategic and International Studies
Charles Dunst is an Associate at The Asia Group, where he works on the firm’s research and analytics practice, helping clients navigate political and economic developments across the Indo-Pacific. In this role, Charles generates analysis to help clients understand new opportunities and assess geopolitical risks in Asia. Charles is also an author of TAG’s daily newswire, Daily Asia, and contributes to the firm’s business development and thought leadership.
Concurrently, he serves as an Adjunct Fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies’s Southeast Asia program, focusing on Cambodia and ASEAN. He is also a Contributing Editor of American Purpose, Francis Fukuyama’s magazine. Charles regularly publishes in the media and has written opinion articles for outlets including The New York Times, The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He has appeared on BBC News, ABC News, and TV Tokyo, among other outlets.
Prior to joining The Asia Group, Charles was an Associate with Eurasia Group’s Global Macro practice, focusing on Chinese foreign policy and the geopolitics of Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific. He was previously a foreign correspondent in Southeast Asia, reporting from Cambodia, Vietnam, and Myanmar for publications including The New York Times, The Atlantic, Foreign Policy, the Los Angeles Times, and Haaretz. During this period, he covered topics including U.S.-Southeast Asia relations, Chinese influence in the region, and Myanmar’s foreign policy. He has also lived in Hungary and England, and reported from Israel and the Palestinian territories, Romania, and Andorra.
Charles is a member of CFR’s Young Professionals Briefing Series for international relations leaders who have not yet reached the age of thirty to be eligible for CFR term membership and of GLIFAA, which represents LGBT+ personnel working in U.S. foreign affairs. He holds an M.Sc. with Distinction in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. with honors in World Politics from Hamilton College, for which he also studied at Hungary’s Corvinus University of Budapest.