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Michael Pillsbury

Senior Fellow & Director 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 here

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 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.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in CNBC on restrictions on U.S. investment in China.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in POLITICO on the Trump administration’s potential investment restrictions against China.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in New York Times on investment restrictions against China.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in New York Times on what Trump’s plan of action is with Hong Kong in regards to China.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in New York Times on President Trump’s approach to Hong Kong.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Aspen Times on his Aspen debate regarding the impact of U.S. tariffs on China.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in New York Times on Trump’s newest tariffs on China.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Politico on four questions the Shanghai round of talks must answer.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Bloomberg on whether China will hold out during trade talks until the 2020 U.S. election.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in New York Times on Trump’s approach to China in light of U.S. F-16 sales to Taiwan.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in New York Times on the state of the U.S.-China trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Straits Times on President Trump’s outlook on the China challenge.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Jane’s 360 on the possibility of U.S. F-16 sales to Taiwan.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Wall Street Journal on why Huawei has become a key battleground in the U.S.-China trade war.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Wall Street Journal on why the incentives are getting stronger not to get a deal with China’s Xi.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in Wall Street Journal on how the trade dispute with China is an effort by Washington to change Beijing’s economic model.

Michael Pillsbury is quoted in the White House Press on Trump’s stance on trade with China.

Michael Pillsbury is interviewed by POLITICO on the ratcheting up of tensions amidst the U.S.-China trade war.

Michael Pillsbury is interviewed by The New York Times on Trump’s continued threats of tariffs towards China among trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury is interviewed by The Straits Times on why anxieties between U.S. and China will continue even after trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury is interviewed by The New York Times on why China has been blocking Visa applications for U.S. scholars, including his.

Michael Pillsbury is interviewed by The New York Times on the enforcement mechanisms behind the U.S.-China trade talks.

Michael Pillsbury is interviewed by Washington Post on why the emerging China trade deal might be closer to a cease-fire.

Michael Pillsbury is interviewed by Wall Street Journal on why electoral politics could impact decision making on the China trade deal.

Michael Pillsbury is interviewed by Bloomberg on Trump’s claims of working with reformers within China’s administration.