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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Tempted by Technology

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Huawei’s new wireless networks may drive a wedge between the United States and its close ally Britain. Is shiny new tech worth the risk of opening a door to Chinese spies?

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Pacific Century: Hong Kong, The G-20, And The North Korea Visit: Sound And Fury Signifying?

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Friday, July 12, 2019

The US appears to make diplomatic progress with China on trade and North Korea on nuclear weapons, but did it?

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Demystifying Sino-U.S. Decoupling

by Michael R. Auslinvia Strategika
Thursday, July 11, 2019

“He’s a New York real estate developer,” a non-politically involved acquaintance argues, explaining that President Donald Trump knows that any deal as complex as the one he is trying to negotiate with China over trade will take time, “even years.” That explanation may be as valid as any of the ostensibly more informed takes by professional policy watchers. It also is a useful caution against placing artificial, media-driven timetables on what is turning into the most significant policy showdown between Washington and Beijing since the normalization of diplomatic ties forty years ago.


Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his National Review article "Commemorating the Centennial of the First Transcontinental Motor Convoy."


Commemorating The Centennial Of The First Transcontinental Motor Convoy

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Sunday, July 7, 2019

Just outside the fence on the South Lawn of the White House is a squat granite monument, usually surrounded by tourists snapping shots through fence and awash in discarded soda cans and plastic water bottles. Though ignored by nearly everyone who passes it, the monument marks the Zero Milestone for one of the most audacious expeditions in American history. As Americans prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and we recently marked the sesquicentennial of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, this year offers up one more anniversary of extraordinary American ingenuity and grit, one that in many ways changed daily life even more profoundly than either of the other two events.


Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, June 24, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his Law and Liberty article "China’s Privileging of “Mr. Science” over “Mr. Democracy”."

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China’s Privileging Of “Mr. Science” Over “Mr. Democracy”

by Michael R. Auslinvia Law & Liberty
Wednesday, June 19, 2019

For decades, the voices of dissident Chinese, like human rights lawyer and activist Teng Biao, were occasionally heard and never listened to by the larger world. Some, like Wei Jingsheng, author of the famous “Fifth Modernization” essay during the Democracy Wall movement in 1978, or Wang Dan, student leader of the 1989 Tiananmen Square democracy protests, became minor celebrities in the world of human rights and democracy promotion. Yet even the most prominent among them failed to change in any material way the world’s policies towards China. 


Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his Foreign Policy magazine article "China’s Complacent Generation."


China’s Complacent Generation

by Michael R. Auslinvia Foreign Policy
Monday, June 3, 2019

China hasn’t seen a major democracy movement in a generation. Thirty years ago, when Chinese tanks brutally crushed such protests in Tiananmen Square, many observers wondered if the Chinese Communist Party could survive massacring its own citizens. But not only did the CCP survive, it flourished, even as it has become more alienated from the Chinese people.


Micheal Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses President Trump's visit to Japan, and the beginning the Era of "Reiwa" or Beautiful Harmony.