Michael R. Auslin

Williams-Griffis Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia

Michael Auslin is the inaugural Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He specializes in global risk analysis, U.S. security and foreign policy strategy, and security and political relations in Asia.   

A best-selling author, Dr. Auslin’s latest book is The End of the Asian Century:  War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World's Most Dynamic Region (Yale). He is a longtime contributor to the Wall Street Journal and National Review, and his writing appears in other leading publications, including The Atlantic, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and Politico. He comments regularly for U.S. and foreign print and broadcast media. 

Previously, Dr. Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and was a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo.  He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Fulbright Scholar, and a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, among other honors, and serves on the board of the Wilton Park USA Foundation. He received a BSc from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and his PhD in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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How North Korea Is Ensuring A Nuclear Arms Race In Asia

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Interest
Friday, September 15, 2017

In firing yet another ballistic missile directly over Japan, the second in as many months, Kim Jong-un is trying to normalize the idea of North Korea’s strategic capability. 


“Land Of No Good Options”

by Michael R. Auslinvia City Journal
Thursday, September 14, 2017

In North Korea, the United States has two choices: war, or a nuclear peace.

Analysis and Commentary

How China Can Really Help On North Korea

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Interest
Sunday, September 3, 2017

If Xi Jinping is serious about helping curb North Korea he will join the Trump Administration in a new policy of deterrence and containment.


Trump’s Biggest North Korea Mistake Is Coming

by Michael R. Auslinvia Politico
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

The author of "The Art of the Deal" may think he can talk to Kim Jong Un. He’d be crazy to try.

Analysis and Commentary

Theresa May Can Draw Britain Closer To Japan – These Two Island Nations Are Natural Allies

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Telegraph
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

[Subscription Required] Theresa May flies into a region in crisis this week as she tries to ensure that the Anglo-Japanese strategic partnership continues to deepen.

Analysis and Commentary

US Misreads Rhetoric For Reality On North Korea

by Michael R. Auslinvia Nikkei Asian Review
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Trump should switch to explicit deterrence against attack by Pyongyang.


Japan’s Eightfold Fence

by Michael R. Auslinvia American Affairs
Monday, August 21, 2017

For Westerners sympathetically acculturated to accepting radical multiculturalism, Japan offers an almost shocking vision of an alternate reality. As engaged as the Japanese are with the world through trade, diplomacy, study, and the like, they also live in a society that celebrates both its uniqueness and its segregation from the rest of the world. 


A Grand Bargain With China Could Remove North Korea's Nuclear Threat — But It Would Destroy America's Global Influence

by Michael R. Auslinvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, August 3, 2017

With North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, one apparently capable of reaching California, the American foreign policy community is struggling to find a way — short of war — to end the threat from Pyongyang. In the media and behind closed doors, some are suggesting that the U.S. should approach China for a grand bargain.

Analysis and Commentary

The Last Great American Western Turns 25

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Thursday, August 3, 2017

A quarter-century after its release, the world of Unforgiven seems frighteningly familiar.

Analysis and Commentary

Can The Doklam Dispute Be Resolved?

by Michael R. Auslinvia Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

In recent years, U.S. and East Asian policymakers have been deeply concerned over whether territorial disputes in Asian waters might turn into full-blown conflicts.