Michael R. Auslin

Payson J. Treat Fellow in Contemporary Asia
Biography: 

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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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. 

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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."

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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.

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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.

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Pacific Century: Professor Rana Mitter on the Tiananmen Square Massacre and the May Fourth Movement

interview with Rana Mitter, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Professor Mitter discusses the Tiananmen Square Massacre thirty years later and the 100th Anniversary of the May Fourth Movement as well as and the future of Chinese pluralism after the coming to power of Xi Jinping.

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Pacific Century: Professor Rana Mitter On The Tiananmen Square Massacre And The May Fourth Movement

interview with Rana Mitter, Michael R. Auslin, John Yoovia The Pacific Century
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Professor Mitter discusses the Tiananmen Square Massacre thirty years later and the 100th Anniversary of the May Fourth Movement as well as and the future of Chinese pluralism after the coming to power of Xi Jinping.

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Michael Auslin: "Promise Fatigue" With The False Promises Of The PRC

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Thursday, May 16, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his RealClear Politics article "Trump Has 'Promise Fatigue' From Dealing With China."

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Trump Has 'Promise Fatigue' From Dealing With China

by Michael R. Auslinvia Real Clear Politics
Wednesday, May 15, 2019

President Trump’s abrupt decision to increase tariffs to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods has upended the on-going trade talks between Washington and Beijing. While the Chinese both scrambled to send high-level negotiators to try and salvage negotiations and also levied reciprocal tariffs on $60 billion worth of U.S. goods, it was Beijing’s reported decision to renege on most of its trade concessions that prompted Trump’s turn-around.

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Did Huawei’s Chairman Just Admit That Huawei Spies?

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
According to Reuters, Huawei’s chairman offered to make “no-spy” agreements with Western governments to be allowed to participate in building 5G networks. Is the offer an implicit acknowledgment that Huawei does indeed spy on its customers, or that it has the capability to?

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