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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The Once and Future Restoration

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

A hundred and fifty years ago, Japan’s Meiji restoration launched Asia on a quest for a modern identity. That search continues today, as Asia tries to balance autonomy with state control, the future with the past.


Beware A Korean Reykjavik

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Interest
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Trump’s bold gamble is as much a diplomatic breakthrough as it is strategically risky.


President Xi’s Power Grab Will Have Global Repercussions

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

President Xi Jinping’s second term was meant to come to an end in 2023. However, the news that the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee has moved to eliminate the constitution’s two-term limit for presidents suggests he plans on staying in power longer than this – and perhaps indefinitely. The rest of the world will now have to figure out how best to deal with him.

Analysis and Commentary

China Humiliates Another Western Company

by Michael R. Auslinvia Wall Street Journal
Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Beijing increasingly demands corporate self-censorship.


Technology Theft Goes Both Ways – As China Is Discovering

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Friday, February 16, 2018

Beijing is starting to worry that the rest of the world will steal its advanced technology. The Chinese military is calling for stronger protection of the country’s intellectual property, particularly in sensitive defence areas. Supercomputers, drones, rocket launchers and the like, were singled out as areas where ‘generations’ of Chinese research cannot be allowed to be put at risk.


China Vs America: The Espionage Story Of Our Time

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator (UK)
Monday, January 29, 2018

Why aren’t spy stories sexy anymore? The revelations last year that Beijing destroyed America’s espionage ring inside China a few years ago, including executing a number of US informants, got a brief flurry of attention and then subsided beneath the waves.

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Lighting the Fuse

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

A nuclear North Korea creates pressure for a nuclear South Korea-and Japan.

Analysis and Commentary

Japan’s Modern History: A Very British Affair

by Michael R. Auslinvia Times Literary Supplement (UK)
Friday, January 12, 2018

150 years ago this month, a group of mid-ranking samurai propelled Japan and Asia into the modern age. When these young warriors took over the Imperial Palace on the morning of January 3, 1868, they did so to “restore” imperial rule by the young Emperor Meiji. They were a disparate group of radicals and reformers, modernizers and xenophobes.

Analysis and Commentary

Japan's Endless Search For Modernity

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Atlantic
Wednesday, January 3, 2018

What the anniversary of the Meiji Restoration tells us about the country’s uncertain future.

Analysis and Commentary

Asia’s Core Conflict Began In 1868 Japan

by Michael R. Auslinvia Wall Street Journal
Friday, December 29, 2017

Samurai rule was usurped by reformers torn between modernity and tradition.