Robert M. Hathaway is a Public Policy Fellow and director emeritus of the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.  He served as director of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program from 1999 to 2014. 

Prior to joining the Wilson Center, he served for twelve years on the professional staff of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives, where he specialized in U.S. foreign policy toward Asia.  Earlier in his career, he was a member of the History Staff of the Central Intelligence Agency.  He has also 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.

Hathaway’s most recent book is The Leverage Paradox: Pakistan and the United States, which uses the troubled relationship between Pakistan and the United States to explore broader questions about the use of American power, and in particular, why smaller, weaker countries are so often successful in defying larger, stronger states.  

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