Kenneth R. Weinstein

Japan Chair

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At A Glance:

Kenneth R. Weinstein is the Walter P. Stern distinguished fellow at Hudson Institute.

Biography

Kenneth R. Weinstein is the Japan Chair at Hudson Institute.

Dr. Weinstein was Hudson’s inaugural Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow from 2019 until 2023. From 2011 through 2020, Weinstein served as president and CEO 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 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 US and Europe.

From 2017 until 2020, Dr. Weinstein chaired the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the oversight body for US 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 US 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 US ambassador to Japan. His nomination was reported unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in September 2020.

Dr. Weinstein earned his BA in general studies in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, DEA in Soviet and Eastern European studies from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and PhD in government from Harvard University.

Events
05
April 2024
Past Event
Stronger Together: The Importance of US-Japan Economic Relations
Featured Speakers:
Governor Eric Holcomb
Satoshi Miura
Kazumi Nishikawa
Anita Rajan
Thomas J. Duesterberg
Paul Sracic
David Rader
Moderators:
Kenneth R. Weinstein
William Chou
Japanese Cherry Blossom trees bloom along the National Mall on March 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Japanese cherry trees were gifted to Washington, DC, by Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912 and draw tens of thousands of daily visitors around peak bloom every year. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
05
April 2024
Past Event
Stronger Together: The Importance of US-Japan Economic Relations

Hudson’s Japan Chair will welcome Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb to make a major economic announcement.

Japanese Cherry Blossom trees bloom along the National Mall on March 28, 2021 in Washington, DC. The Japanese cherry trees were gifted to Washington, DC, by Tokyo Mayor Yukio Ozaki in 1912 and draw tens of thousands of daily visitors around peak bloom every year. (Photo by Al Drago/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Governor Eric Holcomb
Satoshi Miura
Kazumi Nishikawa
Anita Rajan
Thomas J. Duesterberg
Paul Sracic
David Rader
Moderators:
Kenneth R. Weinstein
William Chou
01
April 2024
Past Event
The Importance of the US-Israel Relationship with Mike Pence
Featured Speakers:
Mike Pence
Kenneth R. Weinstein
Demonstrators hold US and Israeli flags during a rally in Central Park marking 150 days since hostages were taken in attack on Israel on March 10, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
01
April 2024
Past Event
The Importance of the US-Israel Relationship with Mike Pence

Mike Pence, the forty-eighth vice president of the United States, will sit down with Hudson Japan Chair Ken Weinstein to discuss the importance of the US-Israel relationship.

Demonstrators hold US and Israeli flags during a rally in Central Park marking 150 days since hostages were taken in attack on Israel on March 10, 2024 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Mike Pence
Kenneth R. Weinstein
19
March 2024
Past Event
Representative Young Kim on America’s Commitment to Defend Taiwan
Featured Speakers:
Representative Young Kim
Kenneth R. Weinstein
American aircraft  participate in an “elephant walk” at Misawa Air Base, June 22, 2020. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)
19
March 2024
Past Event
Representative Young Kim on America’s Commitment to Defend Taiwan

Representative Young Kim (R-CA) joins Hudson to analyze the array of threats China poses to the United States and its allies in the Indo-Pacific. 

American aircraft  participate in an “elephant walk” at Misawa Air Base, June 22, 2020. (US Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Melanie A. Bulow-Gonterman)
Featured Speakers:
Representative Young Kim
Kenneth R. Weinstein
07
March 2024
Past Event
Growing Expectations for the US-Japan Alliance
Featured Speakers:
Shigeru Kitamura
Brigadier General James Wellons
Sugio Takahashi
Moderator:
Kenneth R. Weinstein
Gen. Hiroaki Uchikura, chief of staff of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman participate in an Honor Guard ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo Japan, Sept. 25, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Serrano)
07
March 2024
Past Event
Growing Expectations for the US-Japan Alliance

The Japan Chair will host a panel with senior Japanese and American security professionals to discuss Japan’s growing security challenges.

Gen. Hiroaki Uchikura, chief of staff of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force, and Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman participate in an Honor Guard ceremony at the Ministry of Defense in Tokyo Japan, Sept. 25, 2023. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Stephanie Serrano)
Featured Speakers:
Shigeru Kitamura
Brigadier General James Wellons
Sugio Takahashi
Moderator:
Kenneth R. Weinstein