Michael Auslin is a resident scholar and the director of Japan Studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), where he specializes in Asian regional security and political issues.
Before joining AEI, Auslin was an associate professor of history at Yale University. He is a biweekly columnist on Asia for The Wall Street Journal, and his books include “Pacific Cosmopolitans: A Cultural History of U.S.-Japan Relations” (Harvard University Press, 2011). Auslin has advised both the U.S. Government and private business on Asian and global security issues. He has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, a Marshall Memorial Fellow by the German Marshall Fund, and a Fulbright Scholar, among other awards.
Auslin received his Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a B.Sc. from Georgetown University.
The Obama administration’s policy is simply to lurch from crisis to crisis, ignoring growing threats until they boil over and then adopting minimalist approaches to keeping them “manageable.” It is a failed, and failing, policy.
The dangers we and the world face are not just from the Islamic State. In fact, the very worst thing the president could do is to limit his attention to just the Islamic State. The international system, that amorphous collection of rules, norms, laws, and patterns of behavior, is being torn apart by Russia, Iran, and even China.
For many years, the world’s greatest power faced two grave external threats: from irregular groups of non-state actors and from large, newly empowered, rising states that wanted to displace it. Massive amounts of national treasure were expended on military operations ranging from tactical raids to full-scale war.
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