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Expertise: Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asia, South China Sea, U.S. foreign policy

Michael H. Fuchs is a senior fellow at American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S. foreign policy priorities and U.S. policy toward the Asia-Pacific region.

From 2013 to 2016, Fuchs served as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, directing U.S. policy on the South China Sea, regional security issues, and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and managing the bureau’s foreign assistance budget of almost $800 million.

Fuchs was special adviser to the secretary of state for strategic dialogues from 2011 to 2013, leading planning and preparation for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s strategic dialogues with China, India, South Africa, and others. During this time, Fuchs also served as a member of the secretary’s policy planning staff, where he worked on a diverse set of issues and initiatives including the department’s response to the Arab Spring, cybersecurity, and the development of a U.S. government strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities. From 2009 to 2011, Fuchs was special assistant to Secretary Clinton, providing day-to-day and long-term policy advice on the full range of U.S. foreign policy issues.

Before joining the U.S. State Department, Fuchs served as deputy national security director for Hillary Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign, where he helped run policy, outreach, and communications on all foreign policy and defense issues for the campaign.

Previously, Fuchs worked on foreign policy and energy and environment issues for American Progress, co-directed a project on democracy and U.S. foreign policy for The Century Foundation, and ran a human rights project in Afghanistan. He has also been a lecturer at George Washington University, where he taught courses on politics and policymaking.

Fuchs co-authored The Survival and the Success of Liberty: A Democracy Agenda for U.S. Foreign Policy with Morton H. Halperin. He is a graduate of Columbia University and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

By Michael Fuchs
Democracies everywhere are backsliding. To survive we must uniteThe GuardianNovember 9, 2018
Khashoggi’s fate is proof the US-Saudi relationship is overThe GuardianOctober 19, 2018
Nikki Haley’s Departure Reflects the Chaos of Trump’s Foreign PolicyThe GuardianOctober 10, 2018
Why Trump’s ‘Get Tough on China’ Policy Is CounterproductiveThe GuardianOctober 5, 2018
Trump Is a Laughing Stock. But if We Weren’t Laughing, We’d Be CryingThe GuardianSeptember 25, 2018
Moon Jae-in Is Gambling with North Korea – And It Could Upset the USThe GuardianSeptember 19, 2018
John Bolton’s ICC Attack Is Just a Brick in Trump’s Fortress America PolicyThe GuardianSeptember 12, 2018
Interactive: North Korea Diplomacy ScorecardCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2018
Securing a Democratic WorldCenter for American ProgressSeptember 5, 2018
It’s Time to Hold Myanmar AccountableForeign PolicyAugust 31, 2018
Fiddling With Travel Schedules Won’t Make North Korea DenuclearizeThe New RepublicAugust 24, 2018
It’s Time to End America’s War in AfghanistanThe GuardianAugust 19, 2018
Trump’s Putin summit: a slippery slope to a violent, darker worldThe GuardianJuly 16, 2018
Destroying the Foundations of U.S. Foreign PolicyCenter for American ProgressJune 28, 2018
Ben Rhodes on the End of American Leadership in the WorldCenter for American ProgressJune 21, 2018
Trump’s Family Separation Policy Is as Damaging to America as Abu GhraibThe GuardianJune 20, 2018
North Korea Diplomacy Has Done Nothing to Make Americans SaferThe HillJune 16, 2018
Dumping on Democracies, Praising DictatorsCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2018
Trump’s Reality TV Diplomacy Makes for a Good Show. But What’s the Result?The GuardianJune 12, 2018
America Cannot Allow Summit to Trump Substance on North KoreaThe HillMay 31, 2018
Who Knew Diplomacy with North Korea Was So Hard?The GuardianMay 25, 2018
The US-Israeli Relationship Faces a Storm on the HorizonThe GuardianMay 18, 2018
Making Sense of the Trump-Kim SummitCenter for American ProgressMay 11, 2018
Trump Just Manufactured a National Security Crisis for No ReasonThe GuardianMay 9, 2018
Don’t Overestimate the Power of Historic SummitsForeign PolicyMay 8, 2018
When It Comes to Foreign Policy, Congress Must Rein Trump InThe GuardianApril 24, 2018
How Mike Pompeo Stole the North Korea ShowThe National InterestApril 23, 2018
Trump Distracts America from the Task of Facing Three Existential ThreatsThe GuardianMarch 30, 2018
John Bolton Has North Korea and Iran in His Sights. He Must Be StoppedThe GuardianMarch 23, 2018
Rex Tillerson Was Disastrous for the US. Mike Pompeo May Be WorseThe GuardianMarch 14, 2018
Trump’s Outreach to North Korea is a Positive Step, If He Doesn’t Screw It UpNBC NewsMarch 9, 2018
Now We’re TalkingU.S News & World ReportMarch 8, 2018
Creating an India-US Advantage in the Indo-Pacific: Four Steps that Would Boost Security Cooperation and Regional StabilityThe Times of IndiaMarch 1, 2018
Ignoring the War at HomeU.S. News & World ReportFebruary 22, 2018
Five Pillars of an Enduring U.S.-India PartnershipCenter for American ProgressFebruary 20, 2018
Who’s Afraid of North Korea?U.S. News & World ReportFebruary 8, 2018
Mutually Assured Destruction in the Era of TrumpCenter for American ProgressFebruary 1, 2018
The Daily Struggle for America’s SoulU.S. News & World ReportJanuary 25, 2018
An Olympic-Sized Shot at DiplomacyU.S. News & World ReportJanuary 11, 2018
A Twitter Game of Nuclear ChickenU.S. News & World ReportJanuary 4, 2018
The North Korea DealForeign AffairsDecember 21, 2017
Trump TV: Foreign Policy EditionU.S. News & World ReportDecember 13, 2017
Another Crossroads in SyriaU.S. News & World ReportNovember 30, 2017
As Trump Withdraws America from the World, Xi’s China Takes AdvantageCenter for American ProgressNovember 29, 2017
North Korea crisis: This is the diplomatic solution that needs to be on the tableUSA TodayNovember 22, 2017
Trump Wants America to Be Like ChinaU.S. News & World ReportNovember 16, 2017
If Trump Forgets About Human Rights in Asia, the World Will SufferForeign PolicyNovember 2, 2017
Trump’s North Korea Tweets Inch the U.S. Closer to Nuclear WarCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2017
A Responsible Approach to North KoreaCenter for American ProgressNovember 2, 2017
Trump Could Shatter Asia’s PeaceU.S. News & World ReportNovember 2, 2017
5 Challenges Trump Will Face in AsiaCenter for American ProgressNovember 1, 2017
America’s Military MakeoverU.S. News & World ReportOctober 26, 2017
Trump Is Handing Iran a NukeU.S. News & World ReportOctober 13, 2017
How War With North Korea StartsU.S. News & World ReportSeptember 28, 2017
The Ethnic Cleansing of the Rohingya Could Be the New Myanmar’s Original SinForeign PolicySeptember 22, 2017
Is Trump about to repeat George W. Bush’s worst mistake?The GuardianSeptember 20, 2017
America Alone at the United NationsThe National InterestSeptember 20, 2017
Time to Talk AfghanistanU.S. News & World ReportSeptember 14, 2017
The US must talk to North Korea – not threaten warThe GuardianSeptember 5, 2017
An Open Door to AnarchyU.S. News & World ReportAugust 31, 2017
The American People Deserve More Answers on AfghanistanCenter for American ProgressAugust 22, 2017
Be Tough, Not Stupid, With North KoreaU.S. News & World ReportAugust 17, 2017
Don’t Let Trump Start a War with North KoreaCenter for American ProgressAugust 4, 2017
Lost at SeaU.S. News & World ReportAugust 3, 2017
Trump FirstU.S. News & World ReportJuly 20, 2017
Testimony for ‘Black Flags over Mindanao: Terrorism in Southeast Asia’House Committee on Foreign AffairsJuly 12, 2017
Why it’s D-day for Donald Trump at the G20 in HamburgThe GuardianJuly 6, 2017
A Trump Clash with Moon Will Let Kim Jong Un Off the HookNewsweekJune 26, 2017
Dereliction of Duty in AfghanistanU.S. News & World ReportJune 15, 2017
Cutting To the Bone of American LeadershipJust SecurityJune 12, 2017
Trump Hasn’t Seen a Tyrant He Doesn’t LikeNewsweekMay 31, 2017
Stop Throwing Allies Under the BusU.S. News & World ReportMay 24, 2017
Don’t Let Trump Busy Giddy Minds With Foreign WarsInsideSourcesMay 11, 2017
How Not to Lose Asia to ChinaForeign PolicyMay 3, 2017
How to stop Donald Trump from embracing strongman Rodrigo DuterteThe GuardianMay 2, 2017
Showing Up Is Not Enough: Trump’s First 100 Days in the Asia-PacificCenter for American ProgressApril 27, 2017
Trump’s Amateur Hour on North KoreaThe DiplomatApril 21, 2017
Trump Blew It at His China SummitDefense OneApril 12, 2017
Why Trump’s focus on economic victories poses a threat to securityThe GuardianApril 6, 2017
Trump’s Meeting with China’s Xi Is Risky with U.S.-Asia Policy Up in the AirJust SecurityMarch 31, 2017
The Deconstruction of America’s Global LeadershipJust SecurityMarch 17, 2017
Anti-Immigrant Rhetoric, Violence Threatens to Strain U.S.-India RelationsIndia WestMarch 17, 2017
Is the State Department Being Intentionally Gutted?Just SecurityFebruary 28, 2017
Trump’s China Policy Is a Paper TigerForeign PolicyFebruary 22, 2017
Why Americans Should Care About Russian HackingCenter for American ProgressFebruary 14, 2017
Can President Trump Avoid Sabotaging the U.S.-Japan Alliance?MediumFebruary 8, 2017
Trump’s Doctrine of UnpredictabilityDemocracy JournalJanuary 26, 2017
Did Trump’s Team Just Threaten War With China?Defense OneJanuary 17, 2017
3 Big Questions for Rex TillersonU.S. News & World ReportJanuary 11, 2017
Obama’s Foreign Policy of ReconciliationRealClearWorldDecember 28, 2016
Playing With FireU.S. News & World ReportDecember 13, 2016
Calling Mr. TrumpJust SecurityDecember 7, 2016
Trump Faces Early Foreign Policy Test With Abe MeetingThe DiplomatNovember 16, 2016
Obama’s Asia Pivot Has Been a Historic SuccessThe New RepublicAugust 31, 2016
UNCLOS Won’t Help America in the South China SeaThe National InterestAugust 3, 2016
South China Sea ruling: America has a crucial role to playThe GuardianJuly 13, 2016
What to Watch ForThe Cipher BriefJuly 7, 2016
What ASEAN Can Learn From BrexitThe DiplomatJuly 1, 2016
The Missing LinkCenter for American ProgressMay 31, 2016
How to Turn The Heat Down in the South China SeaDefense OneApril 11, 2016
A new start for the US-Burma relationshipThe HillApril 1, 2016
What the U.S.-China Experience Can Teach About Iran’s FutureThe National InterestMarch 3, 2016
What will it take to stop cycle of escalation in the South China Sea?ReutersMarch 2, 2016
Safe HarborForeign AffairsMarch 2, 2016
The Special U.S.-ASEAN Summit: An Investment in Asia’s FutureCenter for American ProgressFebruary 11, 2016
Obama, Turnbull, and America’s Increasing Engagement in Asia in 2016The Huffington PostJanuary 19, 2016
Can Japan Depend on U.S. Intelligence Claims?Center for American ProgressApril 17, 2007
Yalta: Bush’s Shifting Blame GameCenter for American ProgressMay 31, 2005