Michael R. Auslin

Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia
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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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Book Discussion On Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays On Reshaping The Indo-Pacific

featuring Michael R. Auslinvia ORF
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

This book discussion will be livecast from 6:00 p.m. IST. The Indo-Pacific is fast becoming the world’s dominant region. As it grows in power and wealth, geopolitical competition has reemerged, threatening future stability not merely in Asia but around the globe.

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Trump’s New Realism In China

by Michael R. Auslinvia Foreign Policy
Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Critics aside, the administration does have a strategy, and it is based on reciprocity.

Analysis and Commentary

Why China's Race For AI Dominance Depends On Math

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Interest
Friday, July 3, 2020

Forget about “AI” itself: it’s all about the math, and America is failing to train enough citizens in the right kinds of mathematics to remain dominant.

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Asia's New Geopolitics: A Conversation With Michael R. Auslin And Robert D. Kaplan

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia Foreign Policy Research Institute
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his new book, Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, which examines key issues transforming the Indo-Pacific and the broader world, including the history of American strategy in Asia, from the eighteenth century through today.

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Asia’s New Geopolitics: A Conversation With Michael R. Auslin And Robert D. Kaplan

featuring Michael R. Auslinvia Foreign Policy Research Institute
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

FPRI Senior Fellow Michael R. Auslin and FPRI Robert Strausz-Hupé Chair in Geopolitics Robert D. Kaplan will discuss Dr. Auslin’s new book, Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific, which examines key issues transforming the Indo-Pacific and the broader world, including the history of American strategy in Asia, from the eighteenth century through today.

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Pacific Century: Asia’s Chinese Democracy

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Wednesday, July 1, 2020

An Interview with Taiwan’s Foreign Minister Joseph Wu.

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The Contest To Control The Asian Mediterranean

featuring Michael R. Auslinvia Mercatus Center
Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Historian Michael Auslin says decades of wishful thinking and missed opportunities require a new emphasis on geostrategy.

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The Pacific Century Writes A Book!

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific.

Interviews

Michael Auslin: PRC Tangles With Its Neighbors And Nationals & What Is To Be Done

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his new book "Asia’s New Geopolitics."

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Michael Auslin: The Sino-American War Of 2025 Was Accidentally Purposeful

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, June 18, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his National Review article "A History of the 2025 Sino–American War in the South China Sea."

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