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Patrick M. Cronin

Asia-Pacific Security Chair

Patrick M. Cronin is the Asia-Pacific Security Chair at Hudson Institute. Dr. Cronin’s research program analyzes the challenges and opportunities confronting the United States in the Indo-Pacific region, including China’s total competition campaign, the future of the Korean peninsula, and strengthening U.S. alliances and partnerships.

Dr. Cronin 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, and 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 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, 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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Patrick Cronin discusses the CCP and cybersecurity threats

Patrick Cronin discusses the CCP and cybersecurity threats

Wall Street Journal

Patrick Cronin discusses the trade war, the PRC 70th anniversary celebration, and China unveiling their new weapons systems.

Patrick Cronin discusses the trade war, the PRC 70th anniversary celebration, and China unveiling their new weapons systems.

Defense & Aerospace

Patrick Cronin discusses John Bolton’s latest comments on Kim Jong Un and the state of the nuclear negotiations.

Patrick Cronin discusses John Bolton’s latest comments on Kim Jong Un and the state of the nuclear negotiations.

CNN

Patrick Cronin discusses deteriorating South Korea-Japan relations following President Moon ending the military intelligence sharing agreement between the two countries.

Patrick Cronin discusses deteriorating South Korea-Japan relations following President Moon ending the military intelligence sharing agreement between the two countries.

BBC

Patrick Cronin discussed the letter that Kim Jung Un wrote to Donald Trump.

Patrick Cronin discussed the letter that Kim Jung Un wrote to Donald Trump.

CNN

Patrick Cronin discusses the US-China trade war, Beijing & Hong Kong protests, and Seoul-Tokyo tensions.

Patrick Cronin discusses the US-China trade war, Beijing & Hong Kong protests, and Seoul-Tokyo tensions.

Defense & Aerospace Report

Patrick Cronin discussed North Korea's recent threats towards its southern neighbor in light of South Korea's acquisition of F-35s.

Patrick Cronin discussed North Korea's recent threats towards its southern neighbor in light of South Korea's acquisition of F-35s.

CNN

Patrick Cronin discusses President Xi’s visit to Pyongyang and his relationship with Kim Jong-Un.

Patrick Cronin discusses President Xi’s visit to Pyongyang and his relationship with Kim Jong-Un.

CNN

Patrick Cronin discusses Kim Jong Un’s latest ultimatums for any future denuclearization talks with the U.S.

Patrick Cronin discusses Kim Jong Un’s latest ultimatums for any future denuclearization talks with the U.S.

CNN

Patrick Cronin discussed Kim Jong Un escalating tensions in response to new U.S. sanctions against Chinese companies doing business with North Korea following the Hanoi summit.

Patrick Cronin discussed Kim Jong Un escalating tensions in response to new U.S. sanctions against Chinese companies doing business with North Korea following the Hanoi summit.

In an interview with VOA Vietnam, Patrick Cronin discusses China's ambition in the South China Sea and the COC with ASEAN.

In an interview with VOA Vietnam, Patrick Cronin discusses China's ambition in the South China Sea and the COC with ASEAN.

Patrick Cronin on reports that Kim Jong-un has purged dozens of officials in the last year, February 20, 2019

Patrick Cronin on reports that Kim Jong-un has purged dozens of officials in the last year, February 20, 2019

Patrick Cronin joins VOA's Washington Talk to discuss how the United States is preparing for a second summit with North Korea, January 25, 2019

Patrick Cronin joins VOA's Washington Talk to discuss how the United States is preparing for a second summit with North Korea, January 25, 2019