Kenneth R. Weinstein

Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow

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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 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 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
18
January 2023
Past Event
Enhancing Cybersecurity, Information Security, and Industrial Security as the Foundation for Japan’s Defense Transformation
Featured Speakers:
Mihoko Matsubara
Lindy Kyzer
Arthur Herman
Kenneth R. Weinstein
YOKOSUKA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 5 : (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY â MANDATORY CREDIT - REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON/POOL - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Japan's naval ship âMogamiâ, featuring stealth capability, is seen next to Japanâs national flag at the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan September 5, 2022. (Photo by REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/POOL/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
18
January 2023
Past Event
Enhancing Cybersecurity, Information Security, and Industrial Security as the Foundation for Japan’s Defense Transformation

To examine how Japan can enhance its cybersecurity, information security, and industrial security, please join Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow Ken Weinstein for a conversation with three noted experts.

Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00AM
YOKOSUKA, JAPAN - SEPTEMBER 5 : (----EDITORIAL USE ONLY â MANDATORY CREDIT - REUTERS/KIM KYUNG-HOON/POOL - NO MARKETING NO ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS - DISTRIBUTED AS A SERVICE TO CLIENTS----) Japan's naval ship âMogamiâ, featuring stealth capability, is seen next to Japanâs national flag at the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) naval base in Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan September 5, 2022. (Photo by REUTERS/Kim Kyung-Hoon/POOL/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Mihoko Matsubara
Lindy Kyzer
Arthur Herman
Kenneth R. Weinstein
21
June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Thinking the Unthinkable Part II: What if Putin Wins in Ukraine?
Featured Speakers:
David Asher
Bryan Clark
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Kenneth R. Weinstein
William Schneider
21
June 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Thinking the Unthinkable Part II: What if Putin Wins in Ukraine?

This event will premiere on this page LIVE at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, June 21. Register for the event here.

Tuesday 8:00 - 9:00AM
Featured Speakers:
David Asher
Bryan Clark
Rebeccah L. Heinrichs
Kenneth R. Weinstein
William Schneider
11
May 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | NATO and Russia’s War on Ukraine: A Conversation with NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana
Featured Speakers:
Mircea Geoana
Kenneth R. Weinstein
On March 24, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium, G7 leaders pose for a photo during a NATO summit on Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (Getty Images)
11
May 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | NATO and Russia’s War on Ukraine: A Conversation with NATO Deputy Secretary General Mircea Geoana

This event will premiere on this page LIVE at 10:00 a.m. EDT, Wednesday, May 11. Register for the event here.

Wednesday 6:00 - 7:00AM
On March 24, 2022 in Brussels, Belgium, G7 leaders pose for a photo during a NATO summit on Russia's invasion of Ukraine. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Mircea Geoana
Kenneth R. Weinstein
09
May 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Defense Transformation in Japan? Examining the LDP’s Recommendations
Featured Speakers:
Itsunori Onodera
Masahisa Sato
Takashi Yamashita
Kenneth R. Weinstein
Japan's Self-Defense Forces conduct landing training on November 25, 2021, at Tanegashima, an island of Kagoshima Prefecture. (Getty Images)
09
May 2022
Past Event
Virtual Event | Defense Transformation in Japan? Examining the LDP’s Recommendations

This event will premiere on this page at 12:00 p.m. EDT, Monday, May 9. Register for the event here.

Monday 8:00 - 8:30AM
Japan's Self-Defense Forces conduct landing training on November 25, 2021, at Tanegashima, an island of Kagoshima Prefecture. (Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Itsunori Onodera
Masahisa Sato
Takashi Yamashita
Kenneth R. Weinstein