Michael R. Auslin

Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia
Biography: 

Michael Auslin is the inaugural Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A historian by training, he specializes in contemporary 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). 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.

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Can The Pentagon Win The AI Arms Race?

by Michael R. Auslinvia Foreign Affairs
Friday, October 19, 2018

[Subscription Required] When the stingray-shaped object took off and landed lightly on the deck of the USS George H. W. Bush in July 2013, some hailed it as a moment in aviation history to rank with the first heavier-than-air powered flight, at Kitty Hawk, in 1902. The X-47B drone flew itself, decided its own flight path, and completed on its own a mission given to it by humans. The dawn of autonomous weapons systems seemed undeniable.

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The Long Encounter: China And Islam’s Irreconcilable Tensions

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Caravan
Tuesday, October 9, 2018

China’s relationship with Islam goes back to the 7th century, when Arab merchants and envoys traveled to Canton (Guangzhou) to discuss trade ties with the Tang dynasty. Building mosques and madrassas, hosting preachers, and creating largely homogenous enclaves within China, Muslim communities persisted throughout repeated disintegration and reformation of Chinese dynasties. 

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The New China Rules

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Thursday, September 27, 2018
In July, Palau Pacific Airways shuttered its doors. The small airline had found itself the collateral damage in a battle between its archipelago of 21,000 persons and China. Palau is one of only 18 countries to maintain diplomatic relations with Taiwan. As a result, the Chinese government had banned all tour groups to Palau, imposed fines on those who defied the edict, and thereby crushed revenue for the airline.

The End of the Asian Century

by Michael R. Auslinvia Books by Hoover Fellows
Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Since Marco Polo, the West has waited for the “Asian Century.” Today, the world believes that Century has arrived. Yet from China’s slumping economy to war clouds over the South China Sea and from environmental devastation to demographic crisis, Asia’s future is increasingly uncertain. Historian and geopolitical expert Michael Auslin argues that far from being a cohesive powerhouse, Asia is a fractured region threatened by stagnation and instability.

Analysis and Commentary

Brexit Britain Is Eager For A Sweet Deal With Beijing. But At What Price?

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Thursday, August 2, 2018

Most reporting on Jeremy Hunt’s visit to China this week went little further than his slip of the tongue in describing his wife as Japanese rather than Chinese. Preoccupied by that trivial matter and any offence it might have given the new foreign secretary’s hosts (which seemed to be none), commentators missed the somewhat more substantial issue of why China is so keen to oblige Britain’s requests for a trade deal.

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Auslin tapped as Royal Historical Society fellow

by Michael R. Auslin
Monday, July 30, 2018

Michael Auslin was recently elected as a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

The honor recognizes Auslin for his original contributions to historical scholarship. The inaugural Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Auslin specializes in global risk analysis, U.S. security and foreign policy strategy, and security and political relations in Asia.

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Michael Auslin On North Korea: What Happens Next

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Interest
Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses the summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore on June 12, 2018, and where we go from here.

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The Question Of American Strategy In The Indo-Pacific

by Michael R. Auslinvia Analysis
Tuesday, July 17, 2018

For much of its history, America had little formal strategy for the Pacific. Only with the rise of China and the vital economic role of Asia can one envision a US grand strategy with the Indo-Pacific region at its core. Yet just when Asia has become central to US global strategy, Washington’s influence and power in the region have been significantly challenged. US policy makers must formulate an effective and comprehensive strategy toward Asia that preserves stability and protects American and allied interests while managing a growing strategic competition between Washington and Beijing and the threat of a nuclear-capable North Korea. 

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Trump Won't Be Charlie Brown To Kim's Lucy With The Football

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Hill
Thursday, May 24, 2018
There’s little reason to be surprised that Donald Trump canceled his anticipated summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

Beware the Cold War Trap — It’s a Geopolitical Competition, Instead

by Michael R. Auslin
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

A “new Cold War” is the latest fashion for describing the current state of Sino-American relations. Whether asserting that one is already underway or warning that one is imminent, the phrase is popular with commentators and even the Chinese government itself.

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