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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The Covert Art Of China’s Military Activity In The East China Sea

by Michael R. Auslinvia The National Interest
Monday, June 8, 2020

China is contesting for control, not of the high seas like Germany in World War I or Japan in World War II, but of the marginal seas and skies of Asia, even while the United States remains dominant on the high seas of the Pacific.

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The Other Great Game In Asia

by Michael R. Auslinvia Mercatus Center
Monday, June 8, 2020

In addition to the Sino-US rivalry, China and Japan are competing for influence in Asia.

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The U.S. Needs A New Grand Strategy For Asia

featuring Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Since World War II, more American soldiers have perished in East Asia than anywhere else. The twin imperatives of containing Communism and maintaining the regional balance of power drew U.S. forces into wars in Korea and Vietnam, with casualties far exceeding those of later conflicts in the Middle East.

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The Pacific Century Visits With Congressman Mike Gallagher

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoo, Mike Gallaghervia The Pacific Century
Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Misha and John Talk with a Congressional Leader on China.

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Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, May 29, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his National Review article "Beijing Moves to Control Hong Kong."

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Pacific Century: Sinocism Talks Hong Kong

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoo, Bill Bishopvia The Pacific Century
Thursday, May 28, 2020

The importance of the recent National People’s Congress meeting in Beijing and its decision to impose a national security law on Hong Kong.

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Beijing Moves To Control Hong Kong

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Friday, May 22, 2020

The PRC's geopolitical hardball could reshape Asia.

Analysis and Commentary

Can A United Front Deal With China?

by Michael R. Auslinvia The Hill
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Far from correcting course after the revelations of its global propaganda campaign over the coronavirus pandemic that had started in Wuhan, the Chinese Communist Party is doubling down in its attempts to squash any criticism of Beijing. The latest victim of this Chinese government bullying is Brussels, where the European Union planned to release a report calling out the both overt and covert Chinese disinformation campaign.


Michael Auslin On Debriefing The Briefing

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia Debriefing the Briefing
Monday, May 11, 2020

(2:45) Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses what role China plays in the spread and problems with COVID-19, and how we interact with China going forward.


President Trump’s Support For Taiwan Is Welcome

by Michael R. Auslinvia Spectator USA
Monday, May 11, 2020

The US government has done more than most to enhance ties with Taipei.