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Seth Cropsey

Director, Center for American Seapower

Senior Fellow Seth Cropsey began his career in government at the Defense Department as Assistant to the Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger and subsequently served as Deputy Undersecretary of the Navy in the Reagan and Bush administrations, where he was responsible for the Navy’s position on efforts to reorganize DoD, development of the maritime strategy, the Navy’s academic institutions, naval special operations, and burden-sharing with NATO allies. In the Bush administration, Cropsey moved to OSD to become acting assistant secretary, and then principal deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict. Cropsey served as a naval officer from 1985-2004.

During the period that preceded the collapse of the USSR, from 1982 to 1984, Cropsey directed the editorial policy of the Voice of America on the Solidarity movement in Poland, Soviet treatment of dissidents, and other issues. Returning to public diplomacy in 2002 as director of the US government’s International Broadcasting Bureau, Cropsey supervised the agency as successful efforts were undertaken to increase radio and television broadcasting to the Muslim world.

Cropsey’s work in the private sector includes reporting for Fortune magazine and as a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and as director of the Heritage Foundation’s Asia Studies Center from 1991 to 1994.

Cropsey’s articles on national security and foreign policy have been published in Commentary, Foreign Affairs, The Public Interest, The National Interest, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, and other national journals.

China-Vatican Relations and Religious Freedom in China October 11 Event

Oceans Ventured: A Discussion with Former Navy Secretary John Lehman September 27 event

U.S.-Japan Cooperation in Strategic Island Defense September 21 Event

Resetting US-Taiwan Relations: American and Taiwanese Perspectives September 13 Event

U.S. Support of Taiwan: The Way Forward June 7 Event

In the Taiwan Strait, China Sets its Own Rules February 22nd Event

Maritime Strategy in a New Era of Great Power Competition January 29th Event

Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific Strategy January 4th Event

Reaffirming the U.S.-Taiwan Security Relationship March 24th Event

The Trump Navy: Getting to 350 Ships March 1st Event

Taiwan, Trans-Pacific Partnership, and an Uncertain Future November 7th Event

Asymmetrical Defense: An Option for Taiwan October 3rd Event

Can Israel Become a Maritime Power? September 26th Event

Defending Taiwan: What Should the U.S. Do? August 9th Event

Taiwan and the Future of Regional Security in the Pacific December 16th Event

Xi Jinping's Visit: What It Means for Taiwan September 30th Event

Xi Jinping in Washington: The Taiwan Factor September 8th Event

Europe at Sea: Mediterranean and Baltic Security Challenges July 27th Event

Turmoil in the Eastern Mediterranean: A View from America's Allies November 13th Event

The Future of Surface Warfare Lethality

The Current State of U.S.-Taiwan Security Relations May 22nd Event

Ukraine: Crisis for Central Europe and the Transatlantic Alliance

US-Taiwan Economic Relations

Taiwan and the U.S: Shared Strategic Interests

Sea Power: Is the Sun Setting in the West or Rising in the East?

Mayday: The Decline of American Naval Supremacy

The Political Situation in Kyrgyzstan: Implications for the United States

Defense Procurement for the 21st Century: Balancing Soldier Safety with Cost Savings

China’s Rise: Regional Responses and Lessons for Washington