Yun Sun is director of the China program and co-director of the East Asia program at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC. Her expertise is in Chinese foreign policy, US-China relations and China’s relations with neighboring countries and authoritarian regimes.
From 2011 to 2014, she was a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution, jointly appointed by the foreign policy program and the global development program, where she focused on Chinese national security decision-making processes and China-Africa relations. From 2008 to 2011, Sun was based in Beijing as the China analyst for the International Crisis Group, specializing in China's foreign policy toward conflict countries and the developing world. Prior to ICG, she worked on US-Asia relations in Washington, DC for five years.
Archeological treasures unearthed at the Neolithic village of Cayonu, 40 kilometers northwest of modern-day Diyarbakir, in southeast Turkey, are challenging previous theories on prehistoric agrarian societies. In the process, they’re teaching us a few things about ourselves. In the early 1960s, Robert J Braidwood, an American archeologist and head of the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago, popularized a hypothesis that … Continue reading “Turkey’s Neolithic Farming Village is a Window, and a Mirror”
Twitter Saga is a Wake-Up Call for Rest of the World By Joseph Dana - Dec 4, 2022
Since the 2011 Arab Spring protests transformed the Middle East, Twitter has been a vital social media platform worldwide. From clerics to journalists, businesses and government ministries, Twitter is an information superhighway for millions of people from Bangladesh to Zambia. Elon Musk’s controversy-filled takeover of the company puts the future of “world Twitter” in question. There has been so much focus on … Continue reading “Twitter Saga is a Wake-Up Call for Rest of the World”
French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities By Oussama Romdhani - Dec 2, 2022
At a time when French-Algerian relations were supposed to be on the mend, Algeria’s Central Bank issued, on November 1, new banknotes which bore for the first time inscriptions in English, alongside Arabic. Politicians in Paris were not amused. They saw it as another sign that Algeria was drifting away from France’s zone of influence. … Continue reading “French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities”
Peace or Politics? In Ukraine, Turkey Eyes Both By Nikola Mikovic - Dec 1, 2022
As Russia’s war in Ukraine enters its ninth month, Turkey has emerged as one of the conflict’s most important external actors. With most global powers choosing sides, Ankara has managed to preserve ties with both Moscow and Kyiv, positioning itself as a key mediator in ending the conflict. But is peace really Turkey’s motivation, or … Continue reading “Peace or Politics? In Ukraine, Turkey Eyes Both”
The Eight Billionth Question By Afshin Molavi - Nov 28, 2022
The world just passed a quiet milestone, topping 8 billion people on Earth. Embedded in this demographic story is an important developmental one: We are healthier, wealthier, and better educated than at any time in human history. And yet, macro numbers offer little solace to the 800 million people who still lack access to electricity, or the roughly same amount who go … Continue reading “The Eight Billionth Question”