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Patrick Cronin

Patrick M. Cronin

Scholar in Residence, Carnegie Mellon University

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The Honorable Dr. Patrick M. Cronin is a scholar in residence at Carnegie Mellon University and the Asia-Pacific Security Chair at Hudson Institute. Dr. Cronin’s research analyzes Asian strategies and salient strategic issues related to U.S. national security goals in the Indo-Pacific region and globally.  His writing focuses on great-power competition across all policy dimensions, the enduring North Korea problem, and cooperation among U.S. allies and partners.

Previously, he was the Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS); Senior Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University, where he simultaneously oversaw the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs; Director of Studies at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS); Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); and Director of Research at the U.S. Institute of Peace.

During the George W. Bush Administration, Dr. Cronin was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the third-ranking official at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) responsible for all policy coordination and planning, as well as helping to lead the establishment of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. He also served as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.  

At the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom, he read international relations at St. Antony’s College, where he received M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees; before that, he graduated with high honors from the University of Florida. Dr. Cronin has been an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia, the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and Georgetown University.

He is a frequent contributor to The Straits Times (Singapore), Dong-A Ilbo (South Korea), and a member of the Defense & Aerospace Report’s weekly “Washington Roundtable” podcast. He also writes for other leading publications and regularly conducts television and radio interviews.