Articles by Michael Auslin

Michael Auslin is a resident scholar and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in Asian regional security and political issues. Before joining AEI, Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University

  • Pearl_harbour

    Japan’s PM tries finally to close the books on WWII

    Japanese bilateral defense engagement with the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam has deepened considerably. Now, 'Bismarckian' Prime Minister Abe is on his way to Pearl Harbor. Nervous about Chinese ambitions, Japan is strengthing old alliances, and forging new ones

    by Michael Auslin - 10 December 2016
  • Trump_and_abe

    Trump's pivot to Asia?

    On Thursday, President-elect Trump met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in an unexpectedly lengthy meeting. Will campaign rhetoric over Asia (and much else) translate into the reality of government?

    by Michael Auslin - 18 November 2016
  • China

    Chinese oppression spreads, danger lurks

    China is increasingly turning away from global norms and by extension is heading down a path of more insularity. China is more illiberal, more capricious, and more repressive than at any time since at least the Tiananmen Square massacre, in 1989. Danger here. Democracies in Asia and beyond should take note

    by Michael Auslin -  3 May 2016
  • Tokyo_skyline

    Is the Japanese model better after all?

    There is no Japanese Donald Trump or Bernie Sanders drawing on the anger of a disenfranchised middle class. Fear of terrorism is nowhere near European levels. The story of whose history -- the West's or Japan's -- was better in recent decades, and will be better in coming ones, is far from written

    by Michael Auslin - 14 April 2016
  • Chinese_dredging

    U.S vs China: Showdown in the South China Sea?

    The U.S. seems wary about provoking China even as it builds militarised outputs astride the world's most heavily trafficked waterways. There is a real threat here to peace in Asia, and the U.S. must not allow allies such as the Philippines to be browbeaten

    by Michael Auslin - 18 November 2015
  • President_xi_jinping

    Just like Japan in the 90s, China's success story is over

    China is unlikely to completely collapse. Yet the Chinese success story of the past quarter-century is over, just like the Japanese miracle ended abruptly in the 1990s. And as the economy slows, domestic oppression instensifies

    by Michael Auslin - 17 September 2015
  • North_korea_weapons

    How North Korea made the disastrous Iran deal inevitable

    By any account, the Vienna negotiations were an unqualified success for Iran. The reason for that is simple: America’s failed bipartisan North Korean policy set a model for would-be proliferators on how to negotiate one’s way to a nuclear weapon

    by Michael Auslin - 10 August 2015
  • Lake_baikal

    Russia and China fuel Asia’s other ‘Great Game’

    The 19th century central Asian rivalry between the British and Russian Empires was known as the Great Game. But there's a new and little remarked upon Great Game emerging between Russia and China with potentially enormous consequences for the whole of Asia

    by Michael Auslin -  5 August 2015
  • Shanghai

    The Chinese dream is turning into a nightmare

    Investors and politicians have been whistling past the Chinese graveyard for far too long. The smarter observers were already warning that China's impressive growth record may have been to some extent fabricated. The repressive Chinese government could now be in trouble, and the world could be in for a bumpy ride

    by Michael Auslin - 15 July 2015
  • Sprat_islands

    Obama weakness may result in US-China confrontation

    East Asia now stands close to a precipice. China figures the US is too distracted or uninterested to care about its expansion. They may be right. But the world may pay a very heavy price for this. The prospect of armed confrontation between the US and China has just dramatically increased. Here's why...

    by Michael Auslin -  7 June 2015
  • Pacific_fleet

    Three ways China and the U.S. could go to war

    Beijing and Washington are each laying down redlines in the South China Sea, making the upholding of their claims a priority. In this, they are maneuvering themselves into a potential conflict. There are three real-world scenarios under which it could happen

    by Michael Auslin - 23 May 2015
  • North_korea_nukes

    North Korea’s nuclear arsenal is bigger than we thought

    North Korea may have more nuclear weapons than we thought, and it appears to be pushing for more. It's also growing its ICBM capability. Meanwhile, guess what Obama's up to. Hiding information on North Korea to keep his other disastrous nuclear plans alive regarding Iran

    by Michael Auslin - 27 April 2015
  • Tokyo

    America and Japan: Five questions for a future US president

    America is gearing up for a presidential election. After the hopeless foreign policy of Obama, will the candidates that aim for the White House recognise the vital importance of Japan? Five questions to concentrate the mind

    by Michael Auslin -  6 March 2015
  • Shinzo-abe

    Abenomics for Japan's economy

    Abenomics may be vital to securing a real and sustained revival in the world's third largest economy. But can Japan's Shinzo Abe defeat the country's legendary vested interests?

    by Michael Auslin - 18 February 2015
  • North-korea-military-parade-65th-anniversary-workers-party

    The return of Stalinist North Korea, and we're lost

    Like the Lilliputians, North Korea will continue to tie down the world’s Gulliver. Both, in their own way, are status quo powers. The longer Washington waits for the Kim regime to collapse under its own weight, the more dangerous Northeast Asia becomes. Watch this space

    by Michael Auslin -  7 February 2015