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Patrick M. Cronin

Asia-Pacific Security Chair

Patrick M. Cronin holds Hudson Institute’s Asia-Pacific Security Chair.

He was previously Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), and before that, Senior Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University, where he simultaneously oversaw the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs.

Dr. Cronin has a rich and diverse background in both Asian-Pacific security and U.S. defense, foreign and development policy. Prior to leading INSS, Dr. Cronin served as the Director of Studies at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS). At the IISS, he also served as Editor of the Adelphi Papers and as the Executive Director of the Armed Conflict Database. Before joining IISS, Dr. Cronin was Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

In 2001, Dr. Cronin was confirmed by the United States Senate to the third-ranking position at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). While serving as Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination, Dr. Cronin also led the interagency task force that helped design the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

From 1998 until 2001, Dr. Cronin served as Director of Research at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to that, he spent seven years at the National Defense University, first arriving at INSS in 1990 as a Senior Research Professor covering Asian and long-range security issues. He was the founding Executive Editor of Joint Force Quarterly, and subsequently became both Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Institute. He received the Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award upon his departure from NDU in 1997.

He has also been a senior analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, a U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence officer, and an analyst with the Congressional Research Service and SRI International. He was Associate Editor of Strategic Review and worked as an undergraduate at the Miami Herald and the Fort Lauderdale News.

Dr. Cronin has taught at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the University of Virginia’s Woodrow Wilson Department of Government.

He read International Relations at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where he received both his M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees, and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida. He regularly publishes essays in leading publications and frequently conducts television and radio interviews.

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U.S. Space Strategy and Indo-Pacific Cooperation

U.S. Space Strategy and Indo-Pacific Cooperation

Great Powers, Greenland, and Geostrategic Competition in the Arctic

Great Powers, Greenland, and Geostrategic Competition in the Arctic

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Patrick Cronin was mentioned in Thanh Nien about the China’s presence in the South China Sea.

Patrick Cronin is quoted in Washington Times on the continuation of U.S. talks with North Korea.

Patrick Cronin is quoted in South China Morning Post on the importance of maintaining a strong U.S. military presence in the Indo-Pacific region.

Patrick Cronin is quoted in Defense News on the implications for the U.S. of the rising tensions between Japan and South Korea.

Patrick Cronin is quoted in Washington Examiner on the overlooked countries the Trump administration is recognizing in light of China’s missile threat.

Patrick Cronin is quoted in Washington Times on how relations between South Korea and Japan could impact U.S. influence in the region.

Patrick Cronin is interviewed by The Straits Times on the U.S. approach towards Chinese maritime militias in the South China Sea.

Patrick Cronin is interviewed by Radio Free Asia on the outcome of the North Korea-Russia summit in Vladivostok.

Patrick Cronin is interviewed by The Telegraph on reports that North Korea test fired another weapon in the midst of denuclearization talks.

Patrick Cronin is interviewed by NPR on President Trump’s meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Patrick Cronin is interviewed by Washington Times on why North Korea is looking for leverage against the U.S. by turning to Russia.

Liselotte Odgaard and Patrick Cronin are interviewed by South China Morning Post on Europe’s role in countering China in the Indo-Pacific.

Patrick Cronin is interviewed by Task & Purpose on whether Google’s work in China could actually be assisting the Chinese military.

Patrick Cronin is quoted in the Korea Times on North Korea denuclearization talks

Patrick Cronin is quoted in The Washington Examiner on the idea of creating a pure cash escrow to bring Kim Jong Un to the negotiating table on denuclearization