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Michael Pillsbury

Senior Fellow & Director of the Center for Chinese Strategy

Senior Fellow and Director for Chinese Strategy Michael Pillsbury is a distinguished defense policy adviser, former high-ranking government official, and author of numerous books and reports on China. During the Reagan administration, 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. In 1975-76, while an analyst at the RAND Corporation, Pillsbury 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.

Pillsbury served on the staff of four U.S. Senate Committees from 1978-1984 and 1986-1991. As a staff member, Pillsbury drafted the Senate Labor Committee version of the legislation that enacted the US 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, Pillsbury was Special Assistant for Asian Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, reporting to Andrew W. Marshall, Director of Net Assessment. Pillsbury is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

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). More information on his book The Hundred-Year Marathon is now available at 100yearmarathon.com

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 cited by President Donald Trump in a White House press conference as the “leading authority on China”

Michael Pillsbury is mentioned in a National Interest article on the growing bipartisan support for tough China policies.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in The Washington Post on the likelihood of a U.S.-China trade deal

Michael Pillsbury quoted in The New York Times on Chinese retribution against families of Uighurs speaking out against Chinese policies in the U.S.

Michael Pillsbury mentioned by President Trump in interview with Fox News’ Trish Regan

Michael Pillsbury profiled by The South China Morning Post over U.S.-China trade tensions

Michael Pillsbury quoted by The Washington Post on U.S.-China trade tensions

Michael Pillsbury quoted by The Washington Post on President Trump’s China strategy

Michael Pillsbury quoted by The Wall Street Journal on President Trump’s China policy

Michael Pillsbury profiled in Bloomberg after being cited as the leading authority on China by President Trump

Michael Pillsbury interviewed on “Life, Liberty & Levin” on Fox News on trade tensions with China

Michael Pillsbury quoted in The Washington Times on China and North Korean denuclearization

Michael Pillsbury quoted by AP on U.S.-China relations

Michael Pillsbury listed as one of the 10 names that matter on China policy by Politico

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Lifezette on upcoming North Korea summit

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Bloomberg on the upcoming U.S.-North Korea summit

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Fortune Magazine on Chinese President Xi cutting car import tariffs

Michael Pillsbury quoted in The Washington Post on Kim Jong-un’s visit to China

Michael Pillsbury quoted in The Washington Examiner on new National Security Adviser John Bolton and North Korea

Michael Pillsbury quoted in The New York Times and CNN on trade tensions with China

Michael Pillsbury quoted in NBC News on incoming Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Lifezette on President Trump’s North Korea strategy

Michael Pillsbury quoted in The Washington Times on possible interdiction of North Korea-bound cargo

Michael Pillsbury quoted in The New Yorker on the Trump administration and China

Michael Pillsbury quoted in The Washington Times on North Korea sanctions

Michael Pillsbury comments at Congressional hearing quoted in The Times of India

Michael Pillsbury quoted by The Washington Free Beacon on China’s information warfare

Michael Pillsbury quoted by The Wall Street Journal on the North Korean nuclear program

White House Press Release on Chinese Trade practices cites Michael Pillsbury

Mike Pillsbury discusses President Trump’s policy on China and North Korea on the Laura Ingraham Show

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Business Standard (India) on President-elect Trump’s China policy

Michael Pillsbury quoted in CNN and Washington Free Beacon on President-elect Trump’s negotiation strategy with China

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Bloomberg News on President-elect Trump’s China policy

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Washington Free Beacon on China’s large-scale technology theft program

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Washington Examiner on China’s Communist Party spending about $10 billion annually on “external propaganda”

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Washington Times on false assumptions about American aid to China

Michael Pillsbury’s book, The Hundred-Year Marathon on U.S.-China relations cited in The Diplomat

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Bloomberg News on China deploying surface-to-air missiles to the contested islands in the South China Sea

Michael Pillsbury quoted in Business Insider on Chinese defectors with access to secrets

Michael Pillsbury’s remarks at the legislature in Taipei on Taiwan and the U.S. rebalance to Asia written up in Taipei Times

Michael Pillsbury interviewed in The New York Times on U.S.-China policy

Michael Pillsbury and China’s Col. Liu Mingfu featured in Foreign Policy Magazine. See a video of the two here: Hollywood on the Potomac

Michael Pillsbury’s book, The Hundred-Year Marathon reviewed in the Weekly Standard

Michael Pillsbury’s new book, The Hundred-Year Marathon reviewed in National Interest

Michael Pillsbury’s new book, The Hundred-Year Marathon reviewed on Council on Foreign Relations’ blog

Mike Pillsbury’s new book The Hundred-Year Marathon reviewed in Newsweek

Michael Pillsbury’s The Hundred-Year Marathon reviewed in Wall Street Journal

Michael Pillsbury’s The Hundred-Year Marathon takes the #1 spot in the Washington Post and LA Times bestseller lists for hardcover nonfiction