Michael Jonathan Green works closely with The Asia Group to assess and analyze Japan’s political landscape, as well as the defense, technology, and commercial aviation sectors.
Dr. Green is Chief Executive Officer at the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney. Previously, he was Senior Vice President for Asia, Japan Chair, and Henry A. Kissinger Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of Asian Studies and chair in modern and contemporary Japanese politics and foreign policy at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He served on the staff of 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.
Before joining the NSC staff, Dr. Green was Senior Fellow for East Asian Security at the Council on Foreign Relations, Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute, and an Assistant Professor at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, and Senior Adviser on Asia in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He also worked in Japan on the staff of a member of the National Diet.
Dr. Green is also currently a nonresident senior advisor and Kissinger Chair at CSIS and a distinguished scholar at the Asia Pacific Initiative in Tokyo. He serves as a trustee at the Asia Foundation and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Strategy Group, the America Australia Leadership Dialogue, the Advisory Board of the Center for a New American Security, and the editorial boards of the Washington Quarterly and the Journal of Unification Studies in Korea. He is also an associate of the U.S. Intelligence Community.
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 (Columbia University Press, 2017) and Line of Advantage: Japan’s Grand Strategy in the Era of Abe Shinzō (Columbia University Press, 2022). He received his master’s and doctoral degrees from SAIS and did additional graduate and postgraduate research at the University of Tokyo and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Kenyon College with highest honors. He holds a black belt in Iaido (sword) and has won international prizes on the great highland bagpipe.