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Michael Pillsbury

Senior Fellow & Director for Chinese Strategy

Michael Pillsbury is senior fellow and director for Chinese strategy at Hudson Institute. He is a distinguished defense policy adviser, former high-ranking government official, and author of numerous books and reports on China.

During the Reagan administration, Dr. Pillsbury was assistant under secretary of defense for policy planning and responsible for implementation of the program of covert aid known as the Reagan Doctrine. From 1975 to 1976, while an analyst at the RAND Corporation, he published articles in Foreign Policy and International Security recommending that the United States establish intelligence and military ties with China. The proposal, publicly commended by Ronald Reagan, Henry Kissinger, and James Schlesinger, later became U.S. policy during the Carter and Reagan administrations.

Dr. Pillsbury served on the staff of four U.S. Senate Committees from 1978 to 1984 and 1986 to 1991. As a staff member, he drafted the Senate Labor Committee version of the legislation that enacted the U.S. Institute of Peace in 1984. He also assisted in drafting the legislation to create the National Endowment for Democracy and the annual requirement for a DOD report on Chinese military power.

In 1992, under President George H. W. Bush, Dr. Pillsbury was special assistant for Asian affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, reporting to Andrew W. Marshall, Director of Net Assessment. Dr. Pillsbury is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Dr. Pillsbury is the author of China Debates the Future Security Environment (NDU Press, 2000), The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower, and editor of Chinese Views of Future Warfare (NDU Press, 1998).

Dr. Pillsbury was educated at Stanford University (B.A. in history with honors in social thought) and Columbia University (M.A., Ph.D.).

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Michael Pillsbury was quoted in the New York Times about the U.S.-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury was quoted in The Washington Post about the Trump administrations hard line stance on China.

Michael Pillsbury was quoted in the Washington Post about ongoing failures in the phase one China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in the New York Times about the importance of holding China accountable for the COVID-19 pandemic.

Michael Pillsbury was quoted in The Washington Post about Deputy National Security Advisor Matthew Pottinger.

Michael Pillsbury was quoted in The New York Times about the possibility of limiting Chinese access to major American media platforms like YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook.

Michael Pillsbury was quoted in the Washington Post about Trump’s moves to prevent Chinese leadership in the W.H.O.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in Asia Times about the future of U.S.-China relations.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in The Epoch Times what the Coronavirus outbreak could mean for the 2020 election.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in New York Times about efforts to develop a coronavirus treatment in partnership with Chinese companies.

Michael Pillsbury was quoted in Washington Post about China’s expulsion of U.S. reporters.

Michael Pillsbury was quoted in Washington Times about the importance of fighting China’s Coronavirus disinformation.

Michael Pillsbury was quoted in New York Times about President Trump’s recent statements about his decision not to restrict U.S. technology sales to China.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in Washington Post about what the spread of coronavirus could mean for US-China relations.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in New York Times_ about what Coronavirus could mean for the US-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in National Review about Phase One of the China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in The New York Times about how Trump supporters view the U.S.-China trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in New York Times about the possibility that Trump will sign a China trade deal in January.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in The Washington Post about Trump’s China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in The Washington Post about Trump’s China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in Business Standard about a potential breakthrough in the ongoing US-china trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in Wall Street Journal about Trump’s limited trade deal with China.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in New York Times about recent developments in the U.S.-China trade war.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in Washington Post about recent developments in the ongoing US-China trade war.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in New York Times about continued U.S. tariffs against China.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in New York Times about the impact of the recent Hong Kong Bill on the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in Newsweek about the Hong Kong Human Rights Act.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in New York Times about the Hong Kong Human Rights Act.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in Fox News about the ongoing violence in Hong Kong.

Michael Pillsbury and Rob Spalding were mentioned in South China Morning Post about the perception of the China threat.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in World Politics Review about China’s rise in the world economy.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in Markets Insider about proposals to limit capital flow in and around China.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in Reuters about the possibility of Chinese tariff rollback.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in Wall Street Journal about the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in New York Times about stage-by-stage Chinese tariff reduction.

Michael Pillsbury was mentioned in The Ballarat Courier about tariff rollbacks during Phase One of the US-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in POLITICO on phase two of the US-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in POLITICO on Phase Two of the US-china trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in CNBC on the partial US-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in South China Morning Post on the hopeful beginnings of more US-China trade negotiations.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Voice of America on the hopeful beginnings of the partial US-China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in The Hill on the Trump administration’s possible options as trade talks with China resume.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in New York Times on possible escalation options as trade talks with China resume.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Wall Street Journal on the beginning of a new round of US-China Trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Fox Business on the future of Chinese stock listings on the American stock markets.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in POLITICO on the potential restriction of investment flows to China’s economy.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in POLITICO on the impact of impeachment proceedings on a potential trade deal with China.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Washington Post on Trump’s ‘congratulations’ tweet on China’s 70th anniversary.