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.
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”
Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound By Suha Ma’ayeh - Nov 27, 2022
After a two-year slowdown, tourism is once again booming in the Middle East. As countries lift their COVID-19 travel restrictions and demand for travel returns, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) projects that the sector’s contribution to regional GDP will grow more than 36 percent in 2022 – to more than $256 billion. While this is undoubtedly great news for countries where tourism accounts … Continue reading “Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound”
In the murky world of ISIS families, all diplomacy is conducted quietly. On Monday, the Spanish government quietly admitted it would bring back several Spanish wives and children of ISIS fighters, before the end of the year. Newspaper reports placed the number at three women and 13 children – a figure which, while small, represents a significant … Continue reading “Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides”