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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
Bridging the Divide in the U.S.-South Korea AllianceCenter for American ProgressNovember 23, 2020
Russia is killing US soldiers. Trump’s response is a shameful dereliction of dutyThe GuardianJuly 7, 2020
The US would condemn other countries who acted this way. What a sad state of affairsThe GuardianJune 4, 2020
The US needs to stand up for Hong Kong to deter China’s crackdownsThe GuardianJune 1, 2020
Mike Pompeo is the number one evangelist of Trumpism in the worldThe GuardianMay 25, 2020
International Lessons Learned From Coronavirus ReopeningsCenter for American ProgressMay 6, 2020
Foreign Aid is Critical to Stopping the CoronavirusThe National InterestMay 3, 2020
To Protect Against the Coronavirus Pandemic at Home, the U.S. Must Also Help Those Beyond Its BordersCenter for American ProgressApril 15, 2020
Trump’s Coronavirus Survival Strategy: Blame ChinaCenter for American ProgressApril 14, 2020
The US-China coronavirus blame game is undermining diplomacyThe GuardianMarch 31, 2020
The US Should Be Leading the Global Response to the Coronavirus CrisisCenter for American ProgressMarch 26, 2020
The US will continue to face national security threats – and must be preparedThe GuardianMarch 17, 2020
How to Lose Friends and Strain AlliancesForeign AffairsMarch 12, 2020
3 Ways the New Coronavirus Is a Stress Test for Regional Security and Politics in AsiaCenter for American ProgressMarch 6, 2020
How To Approach the North Korea Problem in 2020Center for American ProgressFebruary 3, 2020
Trump’s foreign policy is cynical and self-interested. His ‘peace plan’ is no exceptionThe GuardianJanuary 31, 2020
As we enter the fourth year of the Trump era, let’s remember: this is still not normalThe GuardianJanuary 13, 2020
Trump sparked the Iran crisis. Now he must walk away from the brink of warThe GuardianJanuary 8, 2020
The strike on Suleimani was wildly reckless. Blowback will comeThe GuardianJanuary 3, 2020
Impeaching Donald Trump is not enough. The case for convictionThe GuardianDecember 19, 2019
Nato is not braindead. But it does need a shot of adrenalineThe GuardianDecember 5, 2019
A win against Isis can’t mask fundamental problems in the US response to terrorismThe GuardianOctober 29, 2019
Donald Trump Trump is using the autocrat’s playbook. Democratic institutions must step upThe GuardianOctober 17, 2019
Unless Trump is called to account, expect more policy lurches like on Syria’s KurdsThe GuardianOctober 9, 2019
Greta Thunberg showed the world what it means to leadThe GuardianSeptember 25, 2019
The latest Iran-Saudi flare-up exposes Trump’s bankrupt Middle East policyThe GuardianSeptember 18, 2019
How to Support Democracy and Human Rights in AsiaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2019
We need to cancel the next G7. Let’s resume them when Trump is goneThe GuardianAugust 27, 2019
Donald Trump’s UK trade promises are hot air – his aim is Brexit chaosThe GuardianAugust 20, 2019
How to Create a Durable U.S.-South Korea AllianceCenter for American ProgressAugust 20, 2019
Bull, meet China shop: Trump’s foreign policy in Asia is disastrousThe GuardianAugust 9, 2019
The American right wing is enabling a dual crisis: gun violence and white supremacyThe GuardianAugust 7, 2019
Fact Sheet: The Case for a New U.S. Relationship with AfghanistanCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2019
The Case for a New U.S. Relationship with AfghanistanCenter for American ProgressJuly 29, 2019
America Doesn’t Need a Grand StrategyForeign PolicyJuly 28, 2019
Donald Trump is on an Orwellian mission to redefine human rightsThe GuardianJuly 18, 2019
The US-UK ‘special relationship’ isn’t broken – it’s just entering a dangerous new phaseThe GuardianJuly 11, 2019
Trump in North Korea: history as farce first time roundThe GuardianJune 30, 2019
The Trump administration’s dangerous fever dream about IranThe GuardianJune 18, 2019
The US must stand with the people of Hong KongThe GuardianJune 15, 2019
One Year After the Singapore Summit, It’s Time for a US-North Korea DealThe DiplomatJune 12, 2019
The Time Is Right for a Deal With North KoreaCenter for American ProgressJune 10, 2019
Chances of war with Iran are rising. And Donald Trump is to blameThe GuardianMay 9, 2019
The Trump-Netanyahu relationship is sowing disaster for both countriesThe GuardianApril 11, 2019
The Hanoi summit collapse reaffirms Trump’s amateur hour in diplomacyThe GuardianFebruary 28, 2019
6 Things to Know Before the Second Trump-Kim SummitCenter for American ProgressFebruary 15, 2019
Is progress with North Korea possible under Trump’s style of diplomacy?The GuardianFebruary 8, 2019
Forget the ‘border crisis’ – it is Trump’s shutdown that’s made us less safeThe GuardianJanuary 20, 2019
In Trump’s America, it’s important to remember: this isn’t normalThe GuardianDecember 30, 2018
Why did Mattis resign? To issue a wake-up call to the worldThe GuardianDecember 21, 2018
Trump is playing into China’s hands by politicizing extradition caseThe GuardianDecember 17, 2018
Trump or George HW Bush? America must decide which vision of the world it wantsThe GuardianDecember 3, 2018
The ticking bomb of climate change is America’s biggest threatThe GuardianNovember 29, 2018
Trump’s foreign policy is dominated by his childish desire to ‘win’The GuardianNovember 22, 2018
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