Hunter Marston

Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellow at Pacific Forum

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I enjoy tracking Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific, with particular expertise on Myanmar, Vietnam, U.S.-Southeast Asia policy, China-Southeast Asia relations, and U.S.-China strategy. My writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, and Nikkei Asia Review among other places.

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International Affairs
Southeast Asia
International Political Economy
International Strategy
International Relations
Policy Analysis
Foreign Policy
International Development
Political Risk Analysis
Work experience

Jan 2021 - Present

Pacific Forum

Nonresident WSD-Handa Fellow

Jul 2019 - Present

The Australian National University

Phd Candidate

Jan 2019 - Present


Independent Consultant

As an independent consultant with GlobalWonks, I provide clients with insights into shifting geopolitical trends and their implications for investor engagement in Southeast Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific.

Jan 2019 - Present

GLG (Gerson Lehrman Group)

Council Member


Dec 2015 - Jan 2019

The Brookings Institution

Senior Research Assistant & Communications Coordinator - Center for East Asia Policy Studies (CEAPS)

I provided research, writing, and communications for the Lee Kuan Yew Chair in Southeast Asia Studies. I co-authored a book chapter on Singapore’s balancing relations with China and the United States with former senior fellow Joseph Liow, and I have co-authored numerous papers and blog posts with Jonathan Stromseth. I also managed web content for the Brookings Center for East Asia Policy Studies. I conducted research and editing assistance on two Brookings Institution Press books by the LKY Chair and organized dozens of public events and roundtables.

Aug 2015 - Dec 2015

National Defense University

Research Assistant

While at the National War College, I gained deep understanding of joint operation planning, irregular warfare (IW), and strategic direction, while writing teaching notes for the course 6200: "War, Statecraft and the Military Instrument of Power."​ I also developed expertise on the Islamic State (IS), counter-terrorism strategy, and information campaigns, to combat narratives of extremist ideology, while organizing 6300: "The Non-Military Instruments of Power."

Aug 2015 - Dec 2015

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)

Researcher - Sumitro Chair for Southeast Asia Studies

I wrote three op-ed articles and one info-graphic for the CSIS blog, cogitAsia, and I co-wrote one commentary for the Southeast Asia newsletter with Senior Fellow and Deputy Director Murray Hiebert. I provided substantive research on Vietnam, Singapore, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and facilitated major public and internal events at CSIS. In addition, I helped form the weekly newsletter with news item selections and substantial editing work. I acquired mastery of database software iMIS and Microsoft Office in professional usage.

Oct 2014 - Apr 2015

Ira Shapiro, President, Ira Shapiro Global Strategies LLC

Research Assistant

I put together a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Briefing Book, a living document analyzing the pros and cons of the TPP, and I researched foreign affairs and finance committee debates in Congress for international trade lawyer and U.S.-Japan specialist Ira Shapiro.

Jul 2014 - Jan 2015

The IndoPacific Review

Associate Editor

Edited bi-weekly regional report, monthly Southern Thailand Insurgency Report, and regular op-eds; Conducted outreach in the D.C. area and overseas in the Indo-Pacific to enlist new contributing writers and readers

Oct 2013 - Jul 2014

The IndoPacific Review

Senior Contributor & Analyst

Provided regular analysis of current events in the Indo-Pacific while managing outreach for professional contacts, editing online content, and expanding IPR's online community


Jul 2012 - Sep 2012

U.S. Department of State

Rosenthal Fellow, Political & Economic Section

Security Clearance Granted (6/24/12): SECRET


Jun 2011 - Aug 2011

Council on Foreign Relations

Intern, Southeast Asia Program

• Organized and participated in roundtable events with senior US officials at the Council and the Capitol to promote better understanding of world affairs and foreign policy choices • Assisted with research and editing Fellow for Southeast Asia’s upcoming book, The Decline of Democracy • Wrote, edited, and published an opinion article with fellow Joshua Kurlantzick in The New Republic

Jun 2010 - Sep 2010

Community Development & Civic Empowerment

Lead Researcher

• Conducted a literature review and interviewed US and UK Embassy officials in Yangon, Myanmar, as well as foreign diplomats and local NGO executives • Composed a 50-page report, “Civil Society & State Policy in Burma,” detailing political developments and civil society organizations in Burma for policymakers, Burma NGOs and foreign donors

Sep 2007 - Nov 2009

Vietnam USA Society

English Instructor

Managed a classroom of students learning to succeed in an internationally competitive workplace * Awarded Teacher of the Year 2009

Nov 2007 - Mar 2008

Médecins du Monde

English Instructor

Assisted in editing and translation work for the quarterly NGO reports, statistics and methodology * Taught professional English to doctors, human resources officers and volunteers * Imparted the professional competency and linguistic proficiency necessary to conduct the NGO's business in the Vietnamese sector while communicating with their international counterparts


2011 - 2013

University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance

Masters, Public Policy

Graduate Certificate in International Development

2010 - 2012

University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies

Masters, Southeast Asia Studies

Focus on Myanmar and Vietnam; international development; developed advanced proficiency in Vietnamese language and basic proficiency in Burmese language.

2003 - 2007

Skidmore College

BA, Classics & Religious Studies

Minor in Asian Studies

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