Does the Trump Administration have a grand strategy in Asia? How does an "American First" posture square with the idea of a free and open Asia Pacific? Stephan Haggard interviews Michael Green on the president's visit to Asia and how it reflects the recurring themes in the long arc of American strategic thinking.
Dr. Michael Green is senior vice president for Asia and Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) He served on the National Security Council (NSC) from 2001 through 2005, first as director for Asian affairs with responsibility for Japan, Korea, Australia, and New Zealand, and then as special assistant to the president for national security affairs and senior director for Asia, with responsibility for East Asia and South Asia.
Dr. Green has authored numerous books and articles on East Asian security, including most recently, By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783. He earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from SAIS.
Dr. Stephan Haggard is the Lawrence and Sallye Krause Professor of Korea-Pacific Studies. He is the director of the Korea-Pacific Program, and distinguished professor of political science here at the School of Global Policy and Strategy. He is a go-to expert on current developments in the Asia-Pacific region, particularly the Korean peninsula, and on the politics of economic reform and globalization.
Dr. Haggard has written extensively on the political economy of North Korea and is a prolific contributor to the blog "North Korea: Witness to Transformation" at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.
This episode was recorded at UC San Diego Studio Ten300
Host: Samuel Tsoi Editors: Mike Fausner, Anthony King Production Support: Lei Guang, Susan Shirk, Amy Robinson, Michelle Fredricks Music: Dave Liang/Shanghai Restoration Project Episode illustration credit: Doug Mills/The New York Times