Joshua Kurlantzick

Joshua Kurlantzick is a senior correspondent at The American Prospect and a special correspondent at The New Republic. He is also a scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the author of Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World.

Recent Articles

Globalism in the Dock

Rangoon, the capital of Burma (now officially called Myanmar), is normally one of the most depressing cities in Asia. It usually exudes the desperate air of a decaying totalitarian metropolis: Beggars wander the central market, queuing for handouts of the worthless local currency, while paramilitary police block access to universities, political party offices and any other potential centers of opposition to the state. But in recent months, some signs of change have emerged. In May, pro-democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi, leader of the opposition to Burma's totalitarian junta, was released from house arrest. Suu Kyi vowed to continue her fight to liberate the Burmese from the ruling generals, who have impoverished the country. Southeast of the capital, in areas abutting Thailand and refugee camps inside that neighboring nation, a group of poor Burmese villagers also are attempting to foment momentous global change. The villagers are suing American oil giant Unocal in a California...

Guerillas in our Midst

The headquarters of the Government of Free Vietnam (GFVN) would fit right into the guerilla campaigns of 1930s China or modern-day Colombia. Along the building's walls, reams of photos show Free Vietnam troops training at secret Southeast Asian bases code-named "KC 702." On the top floor, a shortwave radio transmitter broadcasts the GFVN's anti-regime programs into Vietnamese cities and villages. From this description, you might expect the GFVN, founded in 1995 and dedicated to overthrowing the Vietnamese state, to be located in some hidden jungle redoubt. It's not. Rather, it sits on a mundane commercial street in the Los Angeles suburb of Garden Grove, down the road from a Costco. But the innocuous surroundings belie the group's dead-serious intent. Over the past three years, GFVN members have been implicated in a half-dozen attacks on Vietnamese government targets around the world. Some of these assaults involved homemade explosive devices similar to the bomb deployed by Timothy...