Michael R. Auslin

Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia
Biography: 

Michael Auslin, Ph.D., is the Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A historian by training, he specializes in U.S. policy in Asia and geopolitical issues in the Indo-Pacific region.

Auslin's latest book is Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific. He also is the author of the best-selling The End of the Asian Century:  War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World's Most Dynamic Region, among other books and edited volumes. He is a longtime contributor to the Wall Street Journal and National Review, and his writing appears in other leading publications, including The Atlantic, Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Politico. He comments regularly for U.S. and foreign print and broadcast media. 

Previously, Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University, a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, and a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo.  He is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. 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.

He co-hosts the Pacific Century podcast with John Yoo, where they broadly address developments in China and Asia. They discuss the latest politics, economics, law, and cultural news, with a focus on US policy in the region.

Payson J. Treat, for whom Auslin’s position is named, held the first professorship in "Far Eastern history" at an American university, a post created for him at Stanford in 1906.

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Taiwan’s Triumph

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 19, 2020

Snubbed by the World Health Organization and the world at large, Taiwan has performed magnificently during the pandemic. It deserves the world’s praise—and restored recognition.

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Pacific Century: An American Statesman Discusses China

interview with Michael R. Auslin, George P. Shultz, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Friday, October 16, 2020

George Shultz on how to understand China’s future.

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Perspectives from Germany, China, and Hong Kong

interview with Michael R. Auslin, Russell A. Bermanvia Fellow Talks
Thursday, October 15, 2020

Hoover Fellows Michael Auslin and Russell Berman discuss perspectives from Germany, China, and Hong Kong.

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How Freedom Is Caught Between Socialism And Capitalism In The Indo-Pacific

by Michael R. Auslinvia Socialism and Free Market Capitalism: The Human Prosperity Project
Monday, October 12, 2020

The world is about to witness a demonstration of whether an authoritarian state can take over a free society and keep it economically flourishing while individual rights are increasingly extinguished. If that sounds like a paradox, it is, given that the historical record includes no examples of such a transition to authoritarianism where, ultimately, economic growth and development continued while freedom languished.

Interviews

Michael Auslin: Deep Dish: Japan’s Suga Faces A Rising China And Uncertain US Foreign Policy

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Thursday, October 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin explains how the 2020 election could influence US foreign policy towards Japan and whether the new Japanese Premier Yoshihide Suga has the power to successfully continue former Prime Minister Abe’s legacy.

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Michael Auslin On HK Apple Daily

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia HK Apple Daily
Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin talks about Hong Kong’s political situation and future with netizens.

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Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show (Part 3)

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, September 26, 2020

(Part 3) Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his book Asia’s New Geopolitics.

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Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, September 26, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his book Asia’s New Geopolitics.

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Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Saturday, September 26, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his book Asia’s New Geopolitics.

In the News

China Says It’s ‘Militarily And Morally Ready For War’ After 11,000 US Troops Hold Massive Drills In Guam

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia The Sun
Monday, September 14, 2020

The soldiers - along with America’s largest warships and 100 planes - are training to defend the crucial Pacific island.

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