Skip to main content

Kenneth R. Weinstein

Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow

Kenneth R. Weinstein is the Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute.

From 2011 through 2020, Dr. Weinstein served as president and chief executive officer of Hudson . In December 2019, he became the inaugural holder of the Walter P. Stern Chair. He joined the Institute in 1991, was appointed CEO in June 2005, and was named president and CEO in March 2011.

Under his leadership since 2005, Hudson Institute grew significantly in size, prominence, visibility and impact, recruiting top-flight talent and advising officials around the globe. The Institute’s annual budget nearly tripled to $20 million in this time period and its endowment grew fivefold to $60 million.

A political theorist by training whose academic work focused on the early Enlightenment, Dr. Weinstein has written widely for publications in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and the Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2006, he was decorated with a knighthood in arts and letters by the government of France and serves on the boards of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and Europe.

From 2017 until 2020, Dr. Weinstein chaired the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the oversight body for U.S. Agency for Global Media, and was chair of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting and the Open Technology Fund. He previously was a member of the National Humanities Council, the governing body of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

He is often interviewed by major broadcast and cable outlets around the world and speaks French and German. A frequent guest on French television and radio, he has served as in-studio commentator for live French-language coverage of U.S. congressional and presidential elections for nearly twenty-five years.

He is the co-editor of The Essential Herman Kahn: In Defense of Thinking (Lexington Books, 2009).

Dr. Weinstein serves on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, which provides counsel on trade agreements to the United States Trade Representative. In March 2020, he was nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan. His nomination was reported unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in September 2020.

Dr. Weinstein earned his B.A. in general studies in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, D.E.A. in Soviet and Eastern European studies from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and Ph.D. in government from Harvard University.

Featured Research

Japan Is Now Our Most Important Ally. Here’s Why.

Kenneth R. Weinstein

On Friday, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan will be the first head of government welcomed to the Biden White House. This is no coincidence: give...

Continue Reading

Publications

In the Media

View all

Events

View all

All Commentary

View all

All Scholarship

All Transcripts

Media Coverage

Ken Weinstein was mentioned in Japan Media Highlights about his approval by the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Ken Weinstein was mentioned in the Japan Times about the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s approval of his nomination as U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Ken Weinstein was mentioned in the Okinawa Times

Ken Weinstein’s Senate confirmation hearing was mentioned in Nikkei

Ken Weinstein’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a hearing on his ambassadorial nomination was mentioned in Jewish Insider

Ken Weinstein’s Senate hearing was mentioned in Fuji TV

Ken Weinstein’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was mentioned in Asahi

Ken Weinstein’s Senate committee hearing was mentioned in Jewish Insider

Ken Weinstein’s testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was mentioned in Nikkei Asian Review

Ken Weinstein’s senate testimony was mentioned in The Mainichi

Ken Weinstein’s confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee was mentioned in The Japan Times

Ken Weinstein’s nomination as ambassador to Japan was mentioned in The Times of Israel

Ken Weinstein’s nomination as U.S. ambassador to Japan was mentioned in POLITICO

Ken Weinstein nomination as U.S. ambassador to Japan was mentioned in Jewish Insider

Ken Weinstein’s nomination as U.S. ambassador to Japan was mentioned in TBS News Japan

President Trump’s decision to nominate Ken Weinstein as U.S. ambassador to Japan was mentioned in Outlook India

Ken Weinstein’s nomination as U.S. ambassador to Japan was mentioned in Asahi Shimbun

Ken Weinstein’s nomination as U.S. ambassador to Japan was mentioned in Oita Keizai Shimbun

President Trump’s announcement of Ken Weinstein’s nomination as U.S. ambassador to Japan was mentioned in NHK

Ken Weinstein’s nomination as U.S. ambassador to Japan was mentioned in Reuters

Ken Weinstein was mentioned in SciencesPo_ about his 20 years at Hudson.

Ken Weinstein is quoted in The Washington Post on the way China is using Huawei as high-tech surveillance when sold abroad.

Ken Weinstein is quoted in Chautauquan Daily outlining his points of ‘geostrategic competition.’

Ken Weinstein is quoted in Washington Post on why China was the most pressing reason for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s visit to the U.S.

Ken Weinstein is interviewed by POLITICO and Newsweek on why Joe Biden brings a unique depth of knowledge to the Democratic field of presidential candidates.

Ken Weinstein is interviewed by The Washington Post on the joint push against China to release a Canadian researcher.

Kenneth Weinstein joins France Inter to discuss the midterm elections.

Kenneth R. Weinstein quoted by The White House on President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran deal

Kenneth Weinstein article on the National Security Strategy and restoring American deterrence after Obama published in Le Monde

Kenneth Weinstein letter to the editor published in The Wall Street Journal

Kenneth Weinstein quoted in Fox News and AP Vice President Mike Pence

Kenneth R. Weinstein quoted in Firstpost on the trilateral India-U.S.-Japan relationship

Taipei Times and Focus Taiwan report on Hudson delegation’s meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen

Ken Weinstein quoted in NewsMax on the influence of Gen. H.R. McMaster

Kenneth Weinstein and Arthur Herman quoted in Agence France-Presse on the US, Japan, and the current global security environment

Kenneth Weinstein quoted in The Wall Street Journal on Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s strategy for President Trump

Hudson Institute’s homeland security event with Congressman Michael McCaul written up in The Hill

Kenneth R. Weinstein interviewed in Haberdar (Turkey) on U.S.-Turkey Relations

Kenneth R. Weinstein quoted in France Info on Pope Francis’s and President Obama’s common interests

Ken Weinstein quoted in RFI (France) on U.S.‘s strategy on ISIS

Ken Weinstein quoted in NewsMax on Netanyahu’s speech and public perception

Ken Weinstein quoted in Il Foglio (Italy) on French Prime Minister Valls and liberal lnterventionism

Ken Weinstein quoted in NewsMax Online on President Obama’s reluctance to arm the Ukrainians against Russia