“We are fortunate to have such a capable and proven leader at the helm of one of our most important initiatives.”
WASHINGTON—Hudson Institute announced that Kenneth R. Weinstein, former Hudson president and CEO and current Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow, will be the next Japan Chair. Lieutenant General H.R. McMaster, the previous Japan Chair, will now chair the initiative’s newly established Advisory Board.
Since its founding nearly 60 years ago, Hudson Institute has championed a strong Japan and the importance of the United States-Japan alliance. Hudson launched the Japan Chair in 2019 to capitalize on its deep connections in Tokyo and Washington to expand economic ties, enhance defense cooperation, and promote closer scientific and technological collaboration between the US and Japan.
“Few have served Hudson with equal distinction to Ken,” Hudson President and CEO John P. Walters said. “His contributions to the Institute and dedication to the US-Japan alliance are second to none. We are fortunate to have such a capable and proven leader at the helm of one of our most important initiatives.”
“H.R.’s work to build the Japan Chair was invaluable, and we are grateful for his continued guidance,” Walters added.
“America needs strong, committed, forward-looking allies like Japan to help ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said Weinstein. “I am honored to be named Hudson’s Japan Chair, and I look forward to continuing my work to promote America’s relationship with our most important ally in East Asia.”
About Kenneth R. Weinstein
Kenneth R. Weinstein is the Japan Chair at Hudson Institute.
Dr. Weinstein was Hudson's inaugural Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow from 2020 until 2023. From 2011 through 2020, Weinstein served as president and CEO 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 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.
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