Patrick M. Cronin

Asia-Pacific Security Chair

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Patrick M. Cronin is the Asia-Pacific security chair at Hudson Institute. His research analyzes salient strategic issues related to US national security goals in the Indo-Pacific region and globally.

Biography

Patrick M. Cronin is the Asia-Pacific security chair at Hudson Institute. Dr. Cronin’s research analyzes salient strategic issues related to US national security goals in the Indo-Pacific region and globally. His current writing touches on protecting national interests and world order despite intensified great-power competition, the enduring North Korea problem, and other state and non-state challenges.

Previously, he was the senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS); 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; director of studies at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); senior vice president and director of research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); and director of research at the US Institute of Peace. During the George W. Bush administration, he was confirmed by the US Senate as the third-highest ranking official at the US Agency for International Development (USAID). He served as an intelligence officer in the US Navy Reserve. He has been an adjunct faculty professor at the University of Virginia, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, and Georgetown University.

Dr. Cronin has a rich and diverse background in Asia-Pacific security and US defense, and foreign and development policy. Before 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 US 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 US 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 Asia and long-range security issues. He was the founding executive editor of Joint Force Quarterly, and subsequently became deputy director and director of research at the Institute. He received the Army’s Meritorious Civilian Service Award upon departure from NDU in 1997.

He has also been a senior analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, a US 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, the University of Oxford, where he received both his MPhil and DPhil degrees, and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida. He is a frequent contributor to The Straits Times (Singapore) and DongA Ilbo (South Korea), and is a regular member of the Defense & Aerospace Report’s “Washington Roundtable” podcast. He also writes for other leading publications and regularly conducts television and radio interviews.

18
June 2024
Past Event
The Next Pivot to Asia
Featured Speakers:
Robert D. Blackwill
Richard Fontaine
Moderator:
Patrick M. Cronin
The national flags of the United States and China flutter at the Fairmont Peace Hotel on April 25, 2024, in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Wang Gang/VCG via Getty Images)
18
June 2024
Past Event
The Next Pivot to Asia

Join Hudson for a conversation with Robert D. Blackwill and Richard Fontaine, who will discuss their new book Lost Decade: The US Pivot to Asia and the Rise of Chinese Power

The national flags of the United States and China flutter at the Fairmont Peace Hotel on April 25, 2024, in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Wang Gang/VCG via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Robert D. Blackwill
Richard Fontaine
Moderator:
Patrick M. Cronin
24
April 2024
Past Event
A Conversation with Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell: The New Era in the US-Japan Relationship
Featured Speakers:
Kurt Campbell
Patrick M. Cronin
President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend  at the White House on April 10, 2024, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chen Mengtong/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
24
April 2024
Past Event
A Conversation with Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell: The New Era in the US-Japan Relationship

Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell will join Patrick Cronin, Hudson’s Asia-Pacific security chair, to examine the new outlook for the US-Japan alliance.

President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida attend  at the White House on April 10, 2024, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chen Mengtong/China News Service/VCG via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Kurt Campbell
Patrick M. Cronin
14
November 2023
Past Event
Still Friends after All These Years? The US-Canada Relationship in a Dangerous World
Featured Speakers:
Brian Lee Crowley
Charles Burton
John P. Walters
Miles Yu
Moderators:
Matthew Boyse
Patrick M. Cronin
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14
November 2023
Past Event
Still Friends after All These Years? The US-Canada Relationship in a Dangerous World

Hudson Institute, in partnership with MLI, is proud to host the launch of the Center for North American Prosperity and Security.

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Featured Speakers:
Brian Lee Crowley
Charles Burton
John P. Walters
Miles Yu
Moderators:
Matthew Boyse
Patrick M. Cronin
07
November 2023
Past Event
Unraveling North Korean Complexities: Security, Human Rights, and Diplomacy
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Ambassador Shin-wha Lee
Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Oblast, Russia, on September 13, 2023. (Mikhail Metzel via Getty Images)
07
November 2023
Past Event
Unraveling North Korean Complexities: Security, Human Rights, and Diplomacy

Patrick M. Cronin, Asia-Pacific security chair at Hudson Institute, will moderate a discussion with Ambassador Shin-wha Lee, South Korean ambassador for international cooperation on North Korean human rights.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un during their meeting at the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Amur Oblast, Russia, on September 13, 2023. (Mikhail Metzel via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Ambassador Shin-wha Lee
24
October 2023
Past Event
The Coast Guard’s Vital Role in the Indo-Pacific with Admiral Linda L. Fagan
Featured Speakers:
Admiral Linda L. Fagan
Patrick M. Cronin
John P. Walters
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) (foreground) conducts coordinated ship maneuvers with Royal Navy vessel HMS Spey (P234) Sept. 17, 2023, in the South China Sea. Munro is deployed to the Indo-Pacific to advance relationships with ally and partner nations to build a more stable, free, open and resilient region with unrestricted, lawful access to the maritime commons. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Brett Cote)
24
October 2023
Past Event
The Coast Guard’s Vital Role in the Indo-Pacific with Admiral Linda L. Fagan

Hudson Asia-Pacific Security Chair Patrick M. Cronin will sit down with Admiral Linda L. Fagan, commandant of the United States Coast Guard, to discuss the Coast Guard’s growing role.

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Munro (WMSL 755) (foreground) conducts coordinated ship maneuvers with Royal Navy vessel HMS Spey (P234) Sept. 17, 2023, in the South China Sea. Munro is deployed to the Indo-Pacific to advance relationships with ally and partner nations to build a more stable, free, open and resilient region with unrestricted, lawful access to the maritime commons. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Petty Officer Brett Cote)
Featured Speakers:
Admiral Linda L. Fagan
Patrick M. Cronin
John P. Walters
21
June 2023
Past Event
US Leadership in Tech Diplomacy: A Conversation with Ambassador Nathaniel C. Fick
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Nathaniel C. Fick
Patrick M. Cronin
Joe Biden looks at a quantum computer with IBM CEO Arvind Krishna as he tours the IBM facility in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 6, 2022. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
21
June 2023
Past Event
US Leadership in Tech Diplomacy: A Conversation with Ambassador Nathaniel C. Fick

Please join Hudson Institute Asia-Pacific Security Chair Dr. Patrick Cronin for a conversation with Ambassador Fick on the intersection of strategy, technology, and diplomacy.   

Joe Biden looks at a quantum computer with IBM CEO Arvind Krishna as he tours the IBM facility in Poughkeepsie, New York, on October 6, 2022. (Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Nathaniel C. Fick
Patrick M. Cronin
28
April 2023
Past Event
Special Envoy Yun on US Engagement in the Pacific
Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Joseph Yun
Patrick M. Cronin
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28
April 2023
Past Event
Special Envoy Yun on US Engagement in the Pacific

Ambassador Joseph Yun discusses the Pacific states’ concerns, as well as whether Congress will muster bipartisan support to ensure the renewal of these long-term compacts of free association.

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Featured Speakers:
Ambassador Joseph Yun
Patrick M. Cronin
02
March 2023
Past Event
Building a More Resilient Indo-Pacific Security Architecture: A Conversation with DoD’s Ely Ratner and Lindsey Ford
Featured Speakers:
Dr. Ely Ratner
Lindsey W. Ford
Patrick M. Cronin
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Mighty Shrikes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is in U.S. 7th Fleet conducting routine operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Rowe)
02
March 2023
Past Event
Building a More Resilient Indo-Pacific Security Architecture: A Conversation with DoD’s Ely Ratner and Lindsey Ford

Hudson Institute will host Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Security Affairs Dr. Ely Ratner and Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for South and Southeast Asia Lindsey W. Ford for a conversation on the Department of Defense’s vision for building a more resilient security architecture in Southeast Asia.

An F/A-18E Super Hornet from the “Mighty Shrikes” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 94 prepares to launch from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68). Nimitz is in U.S. 7th Fleet conducting routine operations. 7th Fleet is the U.S. Navy's largest forward-deployed numbered fleet, and routinely interacts and operates with Allies and partners in preserving a free and open Indo-Pacific region. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class David Rowe)
Featured Speakers:
Dr. Ely Ratner
Lindsey W. Ford
Patrick M. Cronin
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
05
October 2022
Past Event
Deterrence and Indo-Pacific Security
Featured Speakers:
Lt. Gen. In-Bum Chun
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Soo Kim
Moderator:
Patrick M. Cronin
A North Korean flag in North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong is seen from a South Korea's observation post inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on October 4, 2022. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
05
October 2022
Past Event
Deterrence and Indo-Pacific Security

Please join Hudson Institute for a discussion featuring Lt. Gen. In-Bum Chun, Republic of Korea Army (ret.); Rebeccah Heinrichs of Hudson; and Soo Kim of RAND that will address the key issues of this timely subject in a discussion moderated by Hudson Asia-Pacific Security Chair Patrick Cronin.

A North Korean flag in North Korea's propaganda village of Gijungdong is seen from a South Korea's observation post inside the demilitarized zone (DMZ) on October 4, 2022. (Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Lt. Gen. In-Bum Chun
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Soo Kim
Moderator:
Patrick M. Cronin
09
September 2022
Past Event
Chinese Economic Decoupling Strategy against the United States
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Thomas J. Duesterberg
John Lee
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation via video link in Beijing on November 29, 2021. (Photo by Huang Jingwen/Xinhua via Getty Images)
09
September 2022
Past Event
Chinese Economic Decoupling Strategy against the United States

Many have paid attention to American efforts to partially decouple from China, but Beijing has been pursuing a much more extensive economic decoupling

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation via video link in Beijing on November 29, 2021. (Photo by Huang Jingwen/Xinhua via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Thomas J. Duesterberg
John Lee
04
August 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Implications of Speaker Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan
Featured Speakers:
H.R. McMaster
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Patrick M. Cronin
A US government plane carrying Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi takes off from Taipei Songshan Airport on August 03, 2022, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
04
August 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | The Implications of Speaker Pelosi’s Visit to Taiwan

The Taiwan visit by House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi raises new questions about peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait

A US government plane carrying Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi takes off from Taipei Songshan Airport on August 03, 2022, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
H.R. McMaster
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Patrick M. Cronin
29
April 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Seapower and US Strategic Competition in the Indo-Pacific
Featured Speakers:
Congressman Joe Courtney
Congressman Rob Wittman
Patrick M. Cronin
USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)  as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter lifts off from the flight deck on November 19, 2019. (Getty Images)
29
April 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Seapower and US Strategic Competition in the Indo-Pacific

This event will premiere on this page at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Friday, April 29. Register for the event here.

USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72)  as an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter lifts off from the flight deck on November 19, 2019. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Congressman Joe Courtney
Congressman Rob Wittman
Patrick M. Cronin
17
September 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Kim Jong Un and the Northeast Asian Arms Race
Featured Speakers:
Jean H. Lee
Ankit Panda
Alex Wong
Patrick M. Cronin
17
September 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Kim Jong Un and the Northeast Asian Arms Race

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Friday, September 17. Register for the event here.

Featured Speakers:
Jean H. Lee
Ankit Panda
Alex Wong
Patrick M. Cronin
22
July 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Indo-Pacific Engagement: A Discussion with Rep. Rick Larsen
Featured Speakers:
Representative Rick Larsen
Patrick M. Cronin
22
July 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | Indo-Pacific Engagement: A Discussion with Rep. Rick Larsen

Please be advised: This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Thursday, July 22. Register for the event here or via the register button

Featured Speakers:
Representative Rick Larsen
Patrick M. Cronin
16
February 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | One Belt One Road and Great Power Competition: A Conversation with Eyck Freymann
Featured Speakers:
Eyck Freymann
Nadia Schadlow
Patrick M. Cronin
Eric Brown
16
February 2021
Past Event
Virtual Event | One Belt One Road and Great Power Competition: A Conversation with Eyck Freymann

One Belt One Road (OBOR) is about more than just infrastructure financing – it is a powerful vehicle of (often malign) influence aimed at extending th

Featured Speakers:
Eyck Freymann
Nadia Schadlow
Patrick M. Cronin
Eric Brown
23
June 2020
Past Event
Video Event | China-India Border Clash: What’s Behind China’s Belligerence?
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Husain Haqqani
John Lee
Aparna Pande
23
June 2020
Past Event
Video Event | China-India Border Clash: What’s Behind China’s Belligerence?

**__This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 23.__**

Join Hudson Institute for a discussion on the recent deadly clash

Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Husain Haqqani
John Lee
Aparna Pande
17
June 2020
Past Event
Video Event | Maintaining a Free and Open Indo-Pacific as Tensions Simmer
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Lt. General H. R. McMaster, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Tosh Minohara
Yurika Ishii
17
June 2020
Past Event
Video Event | Maintaining a Free and Open Indo-Pacific as Tensions Simmer

Please be advised: This event will premiere at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Wednesday, June 17. Click here to view this event on Hudson’s website.

Join Hudson I

Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Lt. General H. R. McMaster, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Tosh Minohara
Yurika Ishii
03
April 2020
Past Event
Video Livestream | China's Charm Diplomacy: Beijing's Attempts to Reinvent Reality
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Liselotte Odgaard
Aparna Pande
Peter Rough
03
April 2020
Past Event
Video Livestream | China's Charm Diplomacy: Beijing's Attempts to Reinvent Reality

**__Please be advised: This event will be livestreamed only starting at 11:00 a.m. EDT, Friday, April 3.__**

**__If you have questions for our paneli

Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Liselotte Odgaard
Aparna Pande
Peter Rough
28
February 2020
Past Event
The China Challenge: A Conversation with Senator Rick Scott
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Senator Rick Scott
28
February 2020
Past Event
The China Challenge: A Conversation with Senator Rick Scott

Hudson Institute will host U.S. Senator Rick Scott for a discussion on the great-power competition between the United States and China.

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Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Senator Rick Scott
01
November 2019
Past Event
The U.S.-Australia Defence Alliance in a Contested World: A Conversation with Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds
Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds CSC
Ken Weinstein
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01
November 2019
Past Event
The U.S.-Australia Defence Alliance in a Contested World: A Conversation with Australian Defence Minister Linda Reynolds

Patrick Cronin and Australian Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds discuss U.S.-Australia relations

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Featured Speakers:
Patrick M. Cronin
Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds CSC
Ken Weinstein
05
September 2019
Past Event
Cyber Challenges: The Internet, Global Competition, and National Security
Featured Speakers:
Dorothea LaChon Abraham
Patrick M. Cronin
Thomas J. Duesterberg
Paul M. Evans
Motohiro Tsuchiya
Ken Weinstein
05
September 2019
Past Event
Cyber Challenges: The Internet, Global Competition, and National Security

Experts discuss challenges in cybersecurity

Featured Speakers:
Dorothea LaChon Abraham
Patrick M. Cronin
Thomas J. Duesterberg
Paul M. Evans
Motohiro Tsuchiya
Ken Weinstein
19
June 2019
Past Event
The Rise of an Illiberal China in a Liberal World Order
Featured Speakers:
Tarun Chhabra
Philippe Le Corre
Patrick M. Cronin
Evan Feigenbaum
Liselotte Odgaard
Officers and soldiers of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps attend a pep rally for the anti-terrorism and maintaining stability at Shuanghe in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
19
June 2019
Past Event
The Rise of an Illiberal China in a Liberal World Order

Experts discuss China

Officers and soldiers of Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps attend a pep rally for the anti-terrorism and maintaining stability at Shuanghe in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region of China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Tarun Chhabra
Philippe Le Corre
Patrick M. Cronin
Evan Feigenbaum
Liselotte Odgaard
25
April 2019
Past Event
Enhancing U.S.-Japan Cooperation: A Conversation with Ambassador Hagerty
Featured Speakers:
William Francis Hagerty IV
Patrick M. Cronin
Ken Weinstein
Japanese and American flag is seen during visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at Ministry of Defense in Tokyo, Japan.
25
April 2019
Past Event
Enhancing U.S.-Japan Cooperation: A Conversation with Ambassador Hagerty

Ambassador Hagerty and Patrick Cronin discuss U.S.-Japan relations

Japanese and American flag is seen during visit of U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis at Ministry of Defense in Tokyo, Japan.
Featured Speakers:
William Francis Hagerty IV
Patrick M. Cronin
Ken Weinstein