Michael R. Auslin

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

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

Auslin is the author of six books, including Asia’s New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific and the best-selling The End of the Asian Century: War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World's Most Dynamic Region. He is a longtime contributor to the Wall Street Journal and National Review, and his writing appears in other leading publications, including the Financial Times, The Spectator, and Foreign Policy. He comments regularly for US 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, the senior advisor for Asia at the Halifax International Security Forum, a senior fellow at London’s Policy Exchange, and a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Among his honors are being named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Fulbright Scholar, and a German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow. He serves on the board of the Wilton Park USA Foundation. 

Auslin cohosts the podcast The Pacific Century  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 current Stanford position is named, held the first professorship at an American university in what was then called Far Eastern history, a post created for him at Stanford in 1906.

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Pacific Century: From Mao To Now: David Shambaugh On China‘s Leaders

interview with David Shambaugh, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Thursday, October 14, 2021

A discussion with China expert David Shambaugh on the history of China‘s paramount leaders.

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Pacific Century: Adrian Wooldridge On The Aristocracy Of Talent

interview with Adrian Wooldridge, Michael R. Auslinvia The Pacific Century
Monday, October 4, 2021

Do Asian nations do meritocracy better?

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Pacific Century: Japan's New Leader And New Role In The Pacific With Senator Bill Hagerty

interview with Bill Hagerty, Michael R. Auslinvia The Pacific Century
Thursday, September 30, 2021

Senator Bill Hagerty explains who Japan’s new leader is and why Japan remains critical to US strategy.

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Pacific Century: Around The Horn With Ken Juster

interview with Ken Juster, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Thursday, September 2, 2021

The latest on US-India relations with the US Ambassador.

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Pacific Century: Show Us The Money

interview with Vinnie Aggarwal, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Monday, August 23, 2021

Vinnie Aggarwal explains the Asian political economy.

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Pacific Century: Tanner On Taiwan (And China)

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoo, Tanner Greervia The Pacific Century
Thursday, August 12, 2021

Tanner Greer shakes up the Pacific Century.

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Pacific Century: Considering Kim’s Korea: Kim Jong-un And Biden

with Andrei Lankov, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Thursday, July 29, 2021

North Korea expert Andrei Lankov on what’s next in Pyongyang.

Freedom’s Struggle

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 14, 2021

With China increasingly dominant, nations in the Indo-Pacific seek their own paths between socialism and capitalism.

Interviews

Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, June 15, 2021

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his Economist article "The Quad is finding its purpose, at last." Part 2 of the interview is available here.

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The Quad Is Finding Its Purpose, At Last

by Michael R. Auslinvia Economist
Friday, June 11, 2021

[Subscription Required] On again, off again for years, the security grouping known as the Quad appears in recent months to be gaining purpose at last. Not least, the two members who are not part of the g7, Australia and India, have been invited to attend that club’s summit in Britain between June 11th and 13th, joining the two who are, America and Japan.

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