Brian Eyler Appointed Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia Program

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Brian Eyler has been appointed Director of the Southeast Asia program, the Stimson Center announced today. Eyler will lead the Center’s widening focus on the intersection of water, energy, food, and security issues in the Mekong basin and across the subregion. He is joined by Distinguished Fellow Richard Cronin and Research Associate Courtney Weatherby on the Southeast Asia team.

“The challenges in the Mekong are a microcosm of the world around us,” said Brian Eyler. “Stimson’s Southeast Asia program has long led the global conversation on issues in Mekong region. I plan to continue that work — looking with a long-view toward pragmatic, sustainable solutions to environmental and resource security challenges in the Mekong and beyond.”

Prior to joining Stimson in 2015, Eyler served as the Director of the IES Kunming Center at Yunnan University and as a consultant to the UNDP Lancang-Mekong Economic Cooperation program in Kunming, Yunnan province. He has spent more than 15 years in living and working in China. Eyler co-founded the influential website East By Southeast that analyzes shared interests and challenges in regional cooperation between China and Southeast Asia. He holds a MA.. from the University of California, San Diego and a B.A. from Bucknell University. His first book, The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong, will be published by Zed Books in 2017.

“Brian is an extraordinary researcher, who brings tremendous vision to Stimson’s Southeast Asia program,” said Stimson President and CEO Brian Finlay. “Brian’s leadership will build on the program’s track record of success in the region and take it in exciting new directions.”

Founded in 1989, the Stimson Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank devoted to addressing transnational challenges in order to enhance global peace and economic prosperity.

For Immediate Release: August 29, 2016
Contact: Jim Baird, [email protected]; (202) 478.3413

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