Michael R. Auslin

Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia

Michael Auslin, Ph.D., is the Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A historian by training, he specializes in U.S. policy in Asia and geopolitical issues in the Indo-Pacific region.

Auslin's latest book is Asia's New Geopolitics: Essays on Reshaping the Indo-Pacific. He also is the author of the best-selling The End of the Asian Century:  War, Stagnation, and the Risks to the World's Most Dynamic Region, among other books and edited volumes. 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, 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 a senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. He 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.

He 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, for whom Auslin’s position is named, 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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Analysis and Commentary

Theresa May Can Draw Britain Closer To Japan – These Two Island Nations Are Natural Allies

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Telegraph
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

[Subscription Required] Theresa May flies into a region in crisis this week as she tries to ensure that the Anglo-Japanese strategic partnership continues to deepen.

Analysis and Commentary

US Misreads Rhetoric For Reality On North Korea

by Michael R. Auslinvia Nikkei Asian Review
Thursday, August 24, 2017

Trump should switch to explicit deterrence against attack by Pyongyang.


Japan’s Eightfold Fence

by Michael R. Auslinvia American Affairs
Monday, August 21, 2017

For Westerners sympathetically acculturated to accepting radical multiculturalism, Japan offers an almost shocking vision of an alternate reality. As engaged as the Japanese are with the world through trade, diplomacy, study, and the like, they also live in a society that celebrates both its uniqueness and its segregation from the rest of the world. 


A Grand Bargain With China Could Remove North Korea's Nuclear Threat — But It Would Destroy America's Global Influence

by Michael R. Auslinvia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, August 3, 2017

With North Korea’s latest test of an intercontinental ballistic missile, one apparently capable of reaching California, the American foreign policy community is struggling to find a way — short of war — to end the threat from Pyongyang. In the media and behind closed doors, some are suggesting that the U.S. should approach China for a grand bargain.

Analysis and Commentary

The Last Great American Western Turns 25

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Thursday, August 3, 2017

A quarter-century after its release, the world of Unforgiven seems frighteningly familiar.

Analysis and Commentary

Can The Doklam Dispute Be Resolved?

by Michael R. Auslinvia Foreign Affairs
Tuesday, August 1, 2017

In recent years, U.S. and East Asian policymakers have been deeply concerned over whether territorial disputes in Asian waters might turn into full-blown conflicts.


Defending Homeland From North Korean Threat Must Be Top Priority

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Hill
Friday, July 21, 2017

In open testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday, Gen. Paul Selva, Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, acknowledged that North Korea currently has the ability to at least strike Alaska with an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). 

Beijing, China

Trump Gives Beijing A Lesson In The Art Of The Deal

by Michael R. Auslinvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The president’s moves are neither capricious nor naive, though they lack a certain diplomatic finesse.

Analysis and Commentary

Is It Time To Reassess The U.S.-South Korea Alliance?

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Atlantic
Thursday, June 29, 2017

Washington's relationship with Seoul makes it a target for the Kim regime.