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Prashanth Parameswaran

Prashanth Parameswaran

Dr. Prashanth Parameswaran is a Senior Columnist at The Diplomat and a fellow at the Wilson Center’s Asia Program.

Dr. Prashanth Parameswaran is a Senior Columnist at The Diplomat and a fellow at the Wilson Center’s Asia Program.

A political scientist by training, Dr. Parameswaran’s research and analysis focuses on Southeast Asian political and security issues, Asian defense affairs, and U.S. foreign policy in the Asia-Pacific. He has held roles linked to think tanks, media, business, and government in the United States and in the Asia-Pacific.

Dr. Parameswaran has conducted grant-based field research across the region, consulted for companies and governments, taught courses affiliated with the U.S. Department of Defense and the U.S. Department of State, and authored policy reports, journal articles, and book chapters on Asian affairs. His research and commentary have been published widely in the United States and across the region in leading publications and journals including CNN, The Washington Post, The South China Morning Post, The Straits Times, Asia Policy, and Contemporary Southeast Asia.

Dr. Parameswaran holds a Ph.D. and an MA focused on international relations, international business, and U.S. foreign policy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, and a BA in foreign affairs and peace and conflict studies from the University of Virginia.

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Posts by Prashanth Parameswaran
April 15, 2021

What’s in the New Russian Military Facility Chatter in Laos?  

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at a latest manifestation of Moscow’s growing defense presence in the Southeast Asian nation.

March 16, 2021

Thailand’s Military Personnel Challenge in the Spotlight with Slimming Plan

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The effort marks just the latest in a series of unsuccessful efforts to reduce the country's bloated and top-heavy officer corps.
February 24, 2021

What’s in Cambodia’s New Internet Gateway Decree?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The move exacerbates ongoing concerns about Internet freedom and its effects on the country's political dynamics ahead of elections in 2022 and 2023.

February 10, 2021

Advancing Indonesia-Malaysia Relations Amid COVID-19

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Much of the quick visit of the Malaysian prime minister to Indonesia signaled continuity in relations rather than any major boost.

February 09, 2021

What Myanmar’s Coup Reveals About the Country’s Contested Civil-Military Dynamics

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The coup exposed the fragility of the civil-military dynamics that have characterized the reforms of the past decade.

January 22, 2021

Artificial Intelligence Collaboration in Asia’s Security Landscape

By Prashanth Parameswaran
AI represents an emerging area of regional security collaboration in spite of its inherent challenges.
January 07, 2021

What the FPI Ban Does and Doesn’t Tell Us About Political Islam in Indonesia

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A focus on episodic developments detracts from the wider trends at play in the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

December 16, 2020

What’s in the New Indonesia-SpaceX Chatter?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A call between Musk and President Joko Widodo followed earlier talks about the potential production of lithium batteries in Indonesia.

October 29, 2020

Southeast Asia and Japan’s Indo-Pacific Vision: What’s Next After Suga’s ASEAN Tour?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The trip raised questions about continuity and change in Japan’s approach to Southeast Asia after Abe.

October 08, 2020

China’s Military Ambitions in Southeast Asia: Much Bigger than Cambodian Bases

By Prashanth Parameswaran
An excessive focus on rhetorical ‘base wars’ can distract attention from the broader military inroads Beijing is making in the region.

September 14, 2020

Thailand’s Protests: Between the Old and the New

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Beyond the headlines, what do the current protests tell us about the country’s present and future?
August 28, 2020

The Future of Myanmar’s Peace Process: Same Old Challenges or New Progress?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at the deeper dynamics in one of Asia’s most protracted conflicts and what lies ahead.

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