Michael R. Auslin

Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia

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

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). Dr. Auslin is also the author of Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific (Hoover Press, forthcoming). 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, Dr. 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 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.

Michael Auslin 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 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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Pacific Century: At The Barricades In Hong Kong

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Jillian Melchior of the Wall Street Journal reports from the front lines of the protests.

Analysis and Commentary

Colin Dueck Makes The Case For Conservative Nationalism

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Neither isolationist nor interventionist, it’s a foreign-policy tradition that dates to the Founding.


Beijing Can’t Bring Home The Bacon

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Along with slow growth and high-tech oppression, pork shortages may make the Chinese masses squeal.


Pax Americana

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Claremont Review of Books
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

For internationalists, institutionalists, and liberals of various sorts, the past two decades have uncomfortably proved the perceptiveness of Samuel Huntington’s 1996 jeremiad The Clash of Civilizations, itself a response to Francis Fukuyama’s 1992 article “The End of History” and subsequent book. Even if civilizations per se are not clashing, that an era of revived great-power competition threatens global stability is largely recognized as the great international relations challenge of this generation.

Analysis and Commentary

Modern Japan Is A Model Of Stability, Thanks To Its Ancient Imperial Family

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Japanese Emperor Naruhito was formally enthroned this week, in the second of three major ceremonies marking his accession to the Chrysanthemum Throne. As Brexit chaos continues to paralyse Britain, impeachment roils American politics, and months of anti-China protests rock Hong Kong and flummox Beijing, Japan again offers an example of political and social stability regularly overlooked or dismissed. 

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Dire Strait

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Taiwan must decide how to respond to military provocations from the mainland. America may have to decide, too.


Michael Auslin: China: A New World Order

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia BBC
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses China.

In the News

The Global Economy Has Become More Likely To Fail

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia The Hill
Wednesday, August 21, 2019

The number of political and economic germs that are flitting around the world has increased and there are mounting fears that these are becoming resistant to the fiscal and monetary pills, powders and injections. The recession word is popping up with increasing frequency. Global trade is in the doldrums, industrial production is hit hard, debts have reached record highs and growth is slowing in most places.

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Pacific Century: Richard McGregor, The Party, And Pushback Against Xi Jinping? Also, South Korea And Japan Trade War Heats Up

interview with Richard McGregor, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Monday, August 12, 2019

Author Richard McGregor discusses what keeps Xi Jinping on top, but is Xi facing a fall?

Analysis and Commentary

‘Leadership And The Rise Of Great Powers’ Review: No More ‘Sage Kings’

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Wall Street Journal
Sunday, August 11, 2019

One of Beijing’s leading intellectuals thinks America’s day is done—but that China’s ascendancy is far from certain.