Michael Green Succeeds Victor Cha as the New Director of Asian Studies

The Asian Studies Program (ASP) in the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Michael J. Green as the new Director of Asian Studies. Green assumes the position of Director as of the Spring 2018 semester.

headshot of Michael GreenGreen, who holds the Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy, joined the faculty at Georgetown University in January 2006 after serving as Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director of Asian Affairs on the National Security Council (NSC) staff from 2001 to 2005. Before entering government service, Green was a Senior Fellow for East Asian Security at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), Director of the Edwin O. Reischauer Center and the Foreign Policy Institute, and an Assistant Professor at the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University. He is currently the senior vice president for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

Green has spent his academic career pursuing research in East Asian security and American grand strategy in the Asia-Pacific. At ASP, he plans to bring new opportunities in research and teaching, build an intellectually rigorous program that challenges students on many levels, and enhance the University’s commitment to the study of this critical and rapidly changing region.

ASP at Georgetown experienced significant growth following the enactment of the recommendations of a bottom-up review of the Program completed in 2006. At the request of then-Dean of the School of Foreign Service Robert Gallucci, Victor Cha, the current outgoing Director of Asian Studies, took on the responsibility to execute the review committee’s core recommendation–to create a graduate profile for Asian Studies at Georgetown. Following the redesign of the longstanding Undergraduate Certificate in Asian Studies in 2008, ASP launched the Graduate Certificate in Asian Studies in 2009, which became available to graduate students on the Main, Medical, and Law campuses. Shortly thereafter, ASP received, for the first time in the University’s history, the U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant (2010-2014) and the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowships (2010-2018). All of these efforts constituted the platform upon which ASP established the M.A. in Asian Studies (MASIA) degree. Along the way, ASP created four new faculty chairs in China, Japan, India, and Korea, and launched the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs.

Green, who served on Gallucci’s planning committee for ASP along with Cha, notes, “Victor Cha’s success in building a new Master’s program and expanding the faculty on Asia at the School of Foreign Service more than surpassed the initial ambitions of that committee. And it is my hope that we can now build on this foundation to expand opportunities for students and scholars to continue their cutting edge work on this critical region.”

“Georgetown is fortunate to have a world-class scholar and public policy intellectual like Michael Green now steering Asian Studies. He will take the Program to new heights that will benefit our students, faculty, and the broader Hoya community,” says Cha, who had a successful ten-year tenure as Director.

Michael Green standing at podium

(Dr. Michael Green at the inauguration ceremony for the Chair in Modern and Contemporary Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy in February 2016.)

With nearly five completed cohorts of MASIA graduates, Green assumes the Director position at a juncture of growth for the Master’s degree and the Asian Studies Program as a whole. “Michael Green embodies the spirit of the School of Foreign Service. He is a broad-minded scholar deeply rooted in the world of policy and practice as well. He will enable our esteemed Asian Studies Program to continue to thrive and excel,” says Joel Hellman, Dean of the School of Foreign Service.

In addition to assuming the new role as ASP’s Director, Green will continue his research and teaching on Asia. His next book will focus on the issues concerning the historical roots of Japanese foreign policy. Green is also the author of the recent release, By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power In the Asia Pacific Since 1783 (Columbia University Press, 2017), which traces the development of U.S. strategic thinking towards East Asia and identifies recurring themes in American statecraft. The book was nominated by Columbia University Press for the Pulitzer Prize for History.

Please see the School of Foreign Service’s website for a full interview with Dr. Green about his vision for the Asian Studies Program.