Michael R. Auslin

Payson J. Treat Distinguished Research Fellow in Contemporary Asia
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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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Michael Auslin and Lanhee Chen: COVID-19, China and the Political Fallout 

interview with Michael R. Auslin, Lanhee J. Chenvia Hoover Virtual Policy Briefings
Thursday, April 2, 2020

A Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing with Michael Auslin and Lanhee Chen: COVID-19, China and the Political Fallout.
Recorded: Thursday, April 2, 2020 at 11AM PT/ 2PM ET.

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Why China Must Be Held Accountable For The Coronavirus Pandemic

by Michael R. Auslinvia National Review
Tuesday, March 31, 2020

For the sake of morality, political governance, and the future, the world must ensure that the Chinese regime pays for its malfeasance.

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Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, March 30, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his RealClear Politics article "Has the U.S.-China Cold War Now Begun?"

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Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, March 30, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his RealClear Politics article "Has the U.S.-China Cold War Now Begun?"

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Pacific Century: Suing China?

interview with Michael R. Auslin, John Yoo, James Kraskavia The Pacific Century
Saturday, March 28, 2020

Can the US Hold China Responsible for the Pandemic?

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Has The U.S.-China Cold War Now Begun?

by Michael R. Auslinvia Real Clear Politics
Friday, March 27, 2020

Among the biggest victims of the coronavirus pandemic is the fiction of amicable U.S.-China relations. Those ties have been worsening for years, even before President Trump decided to call out Beijing’s predatory behavior starting in 2017. With the crisis now pitting America and China openly against each other, it seems impossible to salvage the old working ties. 

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Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1 Of 2)

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, March 23, 2020

(Part 1) Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his new book Asia’s New Geopolitics, which will be published in May, 2020.

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Michael Auslin On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2 Of 2)

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, March 23, 2020

(Part 2) Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses his new book Asia’s New Geopolitics, which will be published in May, 2020.

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Asia’s New Geopolitics

by Michael R. Auslinvia Hoover Institution Press
Monday, March 23, 2020

As Asia rises, geopolitical competition once again threatens its future. China’s aggressiveness, Sino-Japanese rivalry, regional territorial disputes, and North Korea’s nuclear weapons are shaping the Indo-Pacific and the world.

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Michael Auslin: Could Coronavirus Trigger War Between America And China?

interview with Michael R. Auslinvia The Spectator
Friday, March 20, 2020

Hoover Institution fellow Michael Auslin discusses the coronavirus, China, and the political fallout.

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