Brian Eyler

Senior Fellow and Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia Program

Brian Eyler is a Senior Fellow and Director of Stimson’s Southeast Asia program. Eyler is an expert on transboundary water-food-energy nexus issues in the Mekong region and specializes in China's outbound investment in Southeast Asia. He has spent more than 15 years living and working in China and over the last ten years has conducted extensive research with stakeholders in the Mekong region, leading numerous study tours through China and mainland Southeast Asia. Before coming to the Stimson Center, he served as the Director of the IES Kunming Center at Yunnan University and as a consultant to the UNDP LancangMekong Economic Cooperation program in Kunming, Yunnan province. He holds a MA from the University of California, San Diego and a BA from Bucknell University. Brian is the co-founder of the influential website His first book, The Last Days of the Mighty Mekong was published by Zed Books in February 2019.