Institute for Corean-American Studies

Robert A. Manning
Biographic Sketch

Mr. Manning is currently C.V. Starr Senior Fellow and Director of Asian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations. He is author of The Asian Energy Factor: Myths and Dilemmas on Energy, Security and the Pacific Future, (St. Martins Press, September 2000) and co-author of China, Nuclear Weapons and Arms Control: A Preliminary Assessment (Council on foreign Relations Press, 2000). He is also on the Executive Board of the Council for Security Cooperation in the Asia-Pacific (CSCAP)

Prior to that he was a Senior Fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute, chair of PPI's Defense Working Group, and co-author of the monograph Defense in the Information Age: A New Blueprint (December 1995), editor of Missile Defense and American Security (May 1996) and the author of a study on post-Cold War nuclear strategy, and proliferation Back to the Future: Towards a Post-Nuclear Ethic, Progressive Foundation, 1994. He has also written numerous monographs on Korea, Japan and Asian security.

From 1989 until March 1993, he was advisor for Policy to the Assistant Secretary for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, Department of State. He was involved in policy planning, political/military and a wide range of policies, particularly those towards Korea, Japan, China, political-military affairs and Asian security, Asia-Pacific economic cooperation, Vietnam and Cambodia. He has also been an advisor to the Office of the Secretary of Defense (1988-89).

He is has written, edited or contributed to more than a dozen books including "Living With Ambiguity," in China: Emerging Threat or Emerging Partner, CATO Institute Press, 2000; "Waiting for Godot: The Asian Security Environment," in The U.S.-Japan Alliance, Past, /Present and Future, Council on Foreign Relations Press, 1999; "Going for the Brass Ring," in The Foreign Relations of North Korea, Oxford University Press, 1998; "The New Logic of Non-Proliferation," in The Absolute Weapon Revisited, University of Michigan Press, 1998; Co-editor Rethinking the TransAtlantic Partnership, PPI/Hudson Institute, 1996; "The Three Concerns: An Overview of Asian Security," in Asian Security Handbook (M.E. Sharpe, 2000); In addition he has written "Building Conflict or Building Community," in Asia-Pacific Confidence Building Measures, (CSIS press 1995, Ralph Cossa, editor). He is author of Asian Policy: The New Soviet Challenge in the Pacific (20th. Century Fund/Unwin Hyman, 1988). Previous to that he was diplomatic correspondent for U.S. News and World Report (1985-87) and prior to that, wrote for the Far Eastern Economic Review (1979-85).

He has also written more than 40 academic papers and published studies of the U.S.-Japan security alliance China, Japan, Korea, and APEC and Asia-Pacific trade issues, including the monograph "Starting Over: From MFN to a China Policy for the Future." He has written extensively and testified before Congress on Korea and U.S. policy.

He has written widely on international affairs, in professional and policy journals such as Asian Survey, Survival, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Washington Quarterly, Survival, World Policy Journal, the N.Y. Times, Wall St. Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, The New Republic, Intl. Herald Tribune, Politique Internationale , Le Monde Diplomatique, Asahi Shimbun, Nikkei, Chuo Koron, Shokun, Chosun Ilbo (Korea) and other publications.

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