Josh Kurlantzick

Former Visiting Scholar
China Program
A special correspondent for The New Republic, a columnist for Time, and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, Kurlantzick assesses China’s relationship with the developing world, including Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America.


B.A., Haverford College


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Joshua Kurlantzick was a visiting scholar in the Carnegie Endowment’s China Program. A special correspondent for The New Republic, a columnist for Time, and a senior correspondent for The American Prospect, Kurlantzick assesses China’s relationship with the developing world, including Southeast Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Kurlantzick's new book, Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World (Yale University Press), focuses on how China uses its soft power—culture, investment, academia, foreign aid, public diplomacy— to influence other countries in the developing world. Charm Offensive has been nominated for the Council on Foreign Relations' 2008 Arthur Ross Book Award. Additionally, Kurlantzick is currently a fellow at the USC School of Public Diplomacy and the Pacific Council on International Policy.

Kurlantzick was previously foreign editor at The New Republic. Earlier, he covered international economics and trade for U.S. News and World Report.  He also reported on Southeast Asia for The Economist as a correspondent based in Bangkok, Thailand. Kurlantzick's articles also have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, Harper's, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The American Prospect, Mother Jones, Current History, and The Washington Quarterly.

  • Daddy Dearest
    Op-Ed The New Republic June 19, 2009
    Daddy Dearest

    Kim Jong Un, the youngest son of Kim Jong Il, looks to be the next ruler of North Korea. Will he usher in a period of perestroika? Or are we to expect more of the same provocation we've witnessed in the past two months?

  • The Malawi Model
    Op-Ed Democracy June 19, 2009
    The Malawi Model

    Unless the global aid community reverses its support of agricultural privatization and begins to cultivate Malawi-style state subsidies, continuing localized food crises may transform into an unprecedented global famine.

  • China's Modern Authoritarianism
    Op-Ed Wall Street Journal May 25, 2009
    China's Modern Authoritarianism

    The Chinese Communist Party's top priority remains what it has always been: the maintenance of absolute political power.

  • Josh Kurlantzick
    Op-Ed Boston Globe November 30, 2008
    Democratic Doubt

    Africa is now paralyzed by the rise of failed democracies—countries that hold elections but do not develop institutions to support civil society—sparking conflict rather than easing it. The result across broad swaths of the continent has been the concentration of power with the people who make the continent's conflicts worse.

  • Josh Kurlantzick
    Op-Ed The New Republic November 18, 2008
    Crash and Burn

    Unless Beijing can get its economy going again, the government is likely to face their first sustained wave of protests in decades. Thus far, China has kept labor protests separate from one another, preventing them from developing a common theme or a common leader. But if China's downturn turns into an outright recession, the country could face its first serious threat to the regime.

  • Josh Kurlantzick
    Op-Ed Current History November 4, 2008
    Asia's Democracy Backlash

    Asia once was regarded as the vanguard of a global wave of democratization that, over the past three decades, has swept through southern Europe, Latin America, and Africa as well. In recent years, however, Asia has witnessed a democracy backlash.

  • Josh Kurlantzick
    Op-Ed The National October 31, 2008
    The Wealth of Nations

    The success of "state capitalism" – a capitalist economy run with a high degree of state control – has made it a model for states across the developing world. Western powers may now be wondering whether their brand of capitalism will triumph after all.

  • Josh Kurlantzick
    Op-Ed The New Republic October 22, 2008
    Turning Japanese

    Today's financial crisis in America looks remarkably like the crisis that struck Japan 20 years ago, when a stock market meltdown exposed years of speculative lending, mostly dependent on real estate, and led to an economic collapse. The United States can take lessons from the Japanese experience as it attempts to engineer its own recovery.

  • Op-Ed National Post October 20, 2008
    Going Backwards in Bangkok

    After nearly two decades, the Sunday Perspective section of the Bangkok Post, Thailand's leading English newspaper, closed down. In a society where the elites long went unquestioned, Perspective allowed Thais to question the powerful. A city that returns to entrenched ways of the past is a city that no longer needs Perspective, since it is a city that no longer cares for reform.

  • Josh Kurlantzick
    Op-Ed Mother Jones September 29, 2008
    Flight of the Diplomats

    Seasoned diplomats are leaving the State Department in droves, leaving America critically short on diplomatic expertise just when it is needed most.

  • London Review of Books October 18, 2007
    Personality Cults

    For the first time in nearly twenty years, Burma has burst into open protest against the military junta, captivating the world with its ‘saffron revolution.’

  • Charm Offensive
    Yale University Press April 24, 2007
    Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power Is Transforming the World

    At the beginning of the twenty-first century, China is poised to become a major global power. And though much has been written of China’s rise, a crucial aspect of this transformation has gone largely unnoticed: the way that China is using soft power to appeal to its neighbors and to distant countries alike.

  • Book Review June 1, 2006
    Planners & Seekers

    If The White Man’s Burden is too dour in some respects, it does serve as a useful warning to the next generation of utopians.


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