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 Coronacrisis Will Simply Exacerbate The Geo-Strategic Competition Between Beijing And Washington

by Michael R. Auslinvia Strategika
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Even before the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China late last year, the Sino-U.S. relationship had been in a period of flux. Since coming to office in 2017, President Trump made rebalancing ties with China the centerpiece of his foreign policy. Claiming that it would no longer be business as usual with Beijing, Trump began to respond more forcefully to what he had long claimed were unfair Chinese trade practices, cyberespionage, military intimidation, and global propaganda campaigns.

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U.S. Views Of China Plunge During Corona Crisis

by Michael R. Auslinvia Real Clear Politics
Thursday, April 23, 2020

A new poll by the Pew Research Center provides the clearest snapshot yet of the collapse in American views of China thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic. Taken March 3-29, the big takeaway from the survey of 1,000 adults is that 66% now have a negative view of China, compared with 26% favorable. That is a 20% jump in unfavorable ratings since 2017 and a 6% rise since last year. 


Michael Auslin - Kim Jong Un's Health Could Prove To Be A Major Crack In The Regime

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The Lars Larson Show
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses North Korea and Kim Jong Un's health.


Michael Auslin: Will Covid-19 Spark A Cold War (Or Worse) With China?

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia Freakonomics
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses how COVID-19 might affect the relationship between the US and China.

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After Coronavirus – Taiwan Deserves A Seat At The Global Table

by Michael R. Auslinvia Fox News
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Since the Carter administration officially recognized the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Jan. 1, 1979, the Republic of China on Taiwan has existed in international limbo. It lost its seat in the United Nations and swiftly saw its major diplomatic partners cut ties. Taipei has almost no official standing among the community of nations, a byproduct of the world’s half-century desire to trade with the PRC.

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Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his Spectator USA article "Geopolitical jockeying in a time of pandemic."

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Geopolitical Jockeying In A Time Of Pandemic

by Michael R. Auslinvia Spectator
Tuesday, April 7, 2020

You might think a global pandemic and the worst crisis since World War Two would lead to a welcome, if temporary tamping down of military activity in already tense and contested environments. Yet even as the novel coronavirus ravages the world, old fashioned geopolitical jousting continues in Asia, reminding us that the passing phase of COVID-19 will simply return much of the world to the status quo ante of great power competition.

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Admiral Whitey Feightner, RIP

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Monday, April 6, 2020

One of America’s last World War II fighter aces died on April 1, at the age of 100. Rear Admiral Edward L. “Whitey” Feightner passed away after a lifetime of service to the nation. His naval career lasted 32 years, from 1942, when he enlisted after graduation from Findlay College in Ohio, to 1974, after commanding air squadrons, two ships, and serving in senior Pentagon staff positions.

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Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Friday, April 3, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses how the Chinese lies and manipulation impact the rest of the world.

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Michael Auslin And Lanhee Chen: COVID-19, China And The Political Fallout

interview with Michael R. Auslin, Lanhee J. Chenvia Hoover Podcasts
Thursday, April 2, 2020


Hoover Institution Fellows Michael Auslin and Lanhee Chen provide a briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic, China, and the Political Fallout.