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Robert Hathaway

Global Fellow, Director Emeritus


November 1, 2018 — April 30, 2024

Professional affiliation

Former Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center; Former Public Policy Fellow, Woodrow Wilson Center

Wilson Center Projects

“Leverage: Turning Power into Clout”

Full Biography

Robert M. Hathaway is Asia Program director emeritus and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. Prior to his retirement in 2014, he served for nearly 16 years as director of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program. Before joining the Wilson Center, he spent 12 years on the professional staff of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he specialized in American foreign policy toward Asia. Dr. Hathaway has also been a member of the History Staff of the Central Intelligence Agency, and has taught at George Washington University and at Barnard, Middlebury, and Wilson Colleges. He holds a Ph.D. in American Diplomatic History from the University of North Carolina.

Major Publications

    • The Leverage Paradox: Pakistan and the United States (Wilson Center Asia Program, 2017)
    • New Security Challenges in Asia, co-editor (Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013)
    • Empty Bellies, Broken Dreams: Food Insecurity and the Future of Pakistan, co-editor (Vanguard Books, 2011)
    • “Planet Pakistan,” Wilson Quarterly 34:1 (Winter 2010): 21-27
    •  Powering Pakistan: Meeting Pakistan's Energy Needs in the 21st Century, co-editor (Oxford University Press, 2009)
    •  “U.S. Domestic Politics and the China Policy Rollercoaster,” in Suisheng Zhao, ed., China and the United States: Cooperation and Competition in Northeast Asia (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008)
    • “Leverage and largesse: Pakistan’s post-9/11 partnership with America,” Contemporary South Asia 16:1 (March 2008): 11-24

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