Michael R. Auslin

Williams-Griffis Fellow in Contemporary Asia

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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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.


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. 


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.

Analysis and Commentary

Imperialism, American-Style

by Michael R. Auslinvia Claremont Institute
Monday, May 7, 2018

[Subscription Required] The cheers greeting Theodore Roosevelt on his triumphant return from a few days of battle in Cuba in summer 1898 were as much for America itself as for him. The swift, predictable defeat of Spanish forces confirmed what had been evident for decades, namely, that the United States would be among the dominant powers of the 20th century.

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The Once and Future Restoration

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Digest
Friday, April 20, 2018

A hundred and fifty years ago, Japan’s Meiji restoration launched Asia on a quest for a modern identity. That search continues today, as Asia tries to balance autonomy with state control, the future with the past.


Beware A Korean Reykjavik

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Interest
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Trump’s bold gamble is as much a diplomatic breakthrough as it is strategically risky.


President Xi’s Power Grab Will Have Global Repercussions

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Wednesday, February 28, 2018

President Xi Jinping’s second term was meant to come to an end in 2023. However, the news that the Chinese Communist Party’s Central Committee has moved to eliminate the constitution’s two-term limit for presidents suggests he plans on staying in power longer than this – and perhaps indefinitely. The rest of the world will now have to figure out how best to deal with him.