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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
June 09, 2022

Can the US Indo-Pacific Economic Framework Meet the Value Proposition Challenge?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
IPEF’s evolution and prospects will partly hinge on how U.S. and regional partners define its value add in an increasingly competitive landscape.

May 25, 2022

US-ASEAN Special Summit Spotlights Coming Comprehensive Strategic Partnership

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The pursuit of an elevated partnership provides a valuable opportunity for both sides to shape an updated, shared agenda.
April 20, 2022

Old Challenges Loom Over Southern Thailand’s New Peace Talks  

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Building on the recent successes of fresh negotiations will depend on both sides overcoming decades-old difficulties.

April 19, 2022

Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines Consider Expanding Sulu Sea Trilateral Patrols

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Ongoing efforts to further develop the minilateral mechanism bear close watching, despite lingering challenges.

February 21, 2022

Washington’s Southeast Asia Commitments Must Look Beyond the ‘Like-Minded’

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The U.S. can't afford to limit its outreach to those nations with which it has the most in common.

January 28, 2022

US Southeast Asia Strategy: A Balance of Commitment Approach Under Biden and Beyond

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Sustaining its commitment to the region requires the U.S. to maintain a series of elusive balances.
January 06, 2022

What’s Next for ASEAN-South Korea Security Ties?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
A closer look at some of the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for Seoul’s security vision for the region.

January 05, 2022

What Does Myanmar’s New Chinese Submarine Reveal About Its Military?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The transfer has spotlighted the country’s continued ambitions and Beijing’s role in them in the post-coup environment.

October 21, 2021

What’s the Deal With Myanmar’s New Coast Guard?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Though the new service marks the realization of a years-long quest, many questions remain about its future direction and evolution.

October 20, 2021

What’s Next for Indonesia-Vietnam Defense Relations?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
The second iteration of a new defense policy dialogue highlighted some of the ongoing and future developments in the two nations' security ties.

September 15, 2021

What Would a New US-Philippines Defense Agenda Look Like?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Both sides are outlining an agenda that attempts to modernize the alliance in the face of new challenges.
September 13, 2021

What’s in the Newly Regionalized Japan-Vietnam Defense Partnership?

By Prashanth Parameswaran
Both sides have been gradually regionalizing their expanding bilateral security relationship, with broader implications for the Indo-Pacific.

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