Michael R. Auslin

Payson J. Treat Fellow in Contemporary Asia

Michael Auslin is the Payson J. Treat 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.

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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Is The Sultan Of Brunei Imposing Sharia Law To Clean Up His Family's Image?

quoting Michael R. Auslinvia CNN
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

For decades, he was known as a godfather of excess. The wealthiest man in the world for many years, the sultan of Brunei knew how to spend the vast riches that flowed from the oil deposits bestowed upon the tiny Southeast Asian nation he controls with absolute power.

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Pacific Century: China Challenges Japan And Taiwan

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Friday, April 5, 2019

China Flexes Its Muscles; Will President Trump Respond?


Sparks In The Taiwan Strait Tinderbox

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Wednesday, April 3, 2019

For the first time in 20 years, two Chinese fighter jets deliberately crossed the Median Line of the Taiwan Strait this week, making a ten-minute incursion that prompted a scramble of Taiwan fighter jets to intercept them. The J-11s that crossed line are only the latest intimidation from the mainland towards Taiwan. Last May, People’s Liberation Army Air Force bombers and jets flew around the island, underscoring Beijing’s ability to encircle Taiwan from the air in the case of hostilities. 

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Japan’s New Imperial Era Name: Reiwa (Beautiful Harmony)

by Michael R. Auslinvia The National Review
Tuesday, April 2, 2019

The Reign Name for Japan's New Emperor Has Nothing To Do With China.

In the News

An Inflection Point In U.S.-China Relations

featuring Michael R. Auslinvia Powerline
Friday, March 29, 2019

Michael Auslin, an Asia expert at the Hoover Institution, examines what I consider the most important foreign policy issue of our time — U.S. relations with China. Auslin believes this may be “crunch time” for these relations.


Crunch Time For U.S.–China Relations?

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Friday, March 29, 2019
The Trump administration’s full-court press against China is going strong, buttressed by a dramatic shift in opinion among the foreign-policy community, now increasingly critical of Beijing. Trade talks are continuing, and for the nonce, the administration does not seem to setting itself up for a quick deal that will be all smoke and no fire
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China’s Tide Is High, But Is It At High Tide?

by Michael R. Auslinvia Strategika
Thursday, March 28, 2019

If China’s explosive economic growth since the beginning of reform in 1979 is a unique success story, no less impressive has been the concomitant growth of its military and political power, as well as its global influence. Few could have predicted that within one generation of Richard Nixon’s visit to Beijing in 1972, China would vie with the United States for the banner of global leadership. By any measure, China’s efforts to surpass American predominance in the world must be taken seriously, and in some cases, may even seem to have succeeded. 

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The Pacific Century: Niall Ferguson On The Coming Cold War With China

interview with Michael R. Auslin, Niall Ferguson, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Thursday, March 28, 2019

Hoover fellow and historian Niall Ferguson on China, Trump, and Trade.


Michael Auslin - Is North Korea Likely To Denuclearize Or Are They Just Stringing America Along?

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia Lars Larson National Podcast
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses North Korea and whether they will denuclearize.

Analysis and Commentary

Could Huawei Destroy The Special Relationship?

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Friday, March 15, 2019

Last week, the Trump administration warned the German government that if it uses 5G wireless technology built by China’s Huawei, Washington will curtail intelligence sharing with its Nato ally. American officials are concerned that Berlin’s willingness to host Chinese technology threatens Nato security, and will give cover to other countries considering letting Huawei into their telecommunications systems. Yet Washington’s blunt statement might also have been a shot across Britain’s bow.