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Robert Hathaway

Public Policy Fellow
Asia Program

Contact Information:
T 202/691-4080 // F 202/691-4001
U.S. Politics
U.S. Foreign Policy
South Asia
Former Director, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson Center
Wilson Center Project(s):
“Leverage: Turning Power into Clout”
Jan 01, 2015
Dec 31, 2015

Robert M. Hathaway is a Public Policy Fellow associated with the Asia Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and is working on a book on the use of power in global politics, titled Leverage: Turning Power into Clout.  He served as director of the Wilson Center’s Asia Program from 1999 – 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.

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.

Hathaway's most recent book is New Security Challenges in Asia (Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins Unviersity Press, 2013), co-edited with Michael Wills.  Two other co-edited books focus on Pakistan: Empty Bellies, Broken Dreams: Food Insecurity and the Future of Pakistan (Vanguard Books, 2011) and Powering Pakistan:  Meeting Pakistan’s Energy Needs in the 21st Century (Oxford University Press, 2009). He has authored three other books as well as numerous articles on post-1933 U.S. foreign policy. 

Major Publications

    • New Security Challenges in Asia, co-editor (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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