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Patrick M. Cronin

We were informed today that due to personal reasons Dr. Patrick Cronin has withdrawn his name for consideration as the Center’s Director. – Story updated 3/24/17

HONOLULU – Dr. Patrick M. Cronin has been selected to be the director of the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS), a Department of Defense organization dedicated to advancing security cooperation in the region.

Patrick M. Cronin is a Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Previously, he was the Senior Director of the Institute for National Strategic Studies (INSS) at the National Defense University, where he simultaneously oversaw the Center for the Study of Chinese Military Affairs.

According to Theresa Whelan who is currently performing the duties of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, “I am confident that Dr. Cronin will bring the vision, expertise, and energy needed to continue DKI APCSS’ record of achievement under former Director Leaf, while taking the organization to the next level as the premier center of excellence for advancing Asia-Pacific security in accordance with the Department’s policy priorities and objectives, including through, innovative executive education and training, groundbreaking and collaborative research, and robust engagement with our allies and partners.”

Dr. Cronin has taught at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and the University of Virginia’s Woodrow Wilson Department of Government.

He read International Relations at St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, where he received both his M.Phil. and D.Phil. degrees, and graduated with high honors from the University of Florida.  He regularly publishes essays in leading publications and frequently conducts television and radio interviews.  In addition to many CNAS reports and numerous articles, his major publications include: Global Strategic Assessment, 2009: America’s Security Role in a Changing World; Civilian Surge: Key to Complex Operations (co-editor); The Impenetrable Fog of War: Reflections on Modern Warfare and Strategic Surprise; The Evolution of Strategic Thought: Adelphi Paper Classics; and Double Trouble: Iran and North Korea as Challenges to International Security.

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Once he arrives in at the Center, Dr. Cronin will replace U.S. Marine Corps Maj.Gen. James “Hammer” Hartsell who served as the interim director of APCSS since November 2016. Maj.Gen. Hartsell will resume his role as the Mobilization Assistant to Commander U.S. Pacific Command.

“Being the Director for these 6 months has been both personally and professionally rewarding for me, and I’m sincerely grateful for the confidence my seniors had in me that allowed me to serve here,” said MajGen Hartsell. “As an Alumni, I look forward to continued engagement with the Center for years to come”.


Note: The initial version of the news release incorrectly identified Secretary of Defense as approving the selection.


About the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies

The Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) is a U.S. Department of Defense institute that officially opened Sept. 4, 1995, in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Center addresses regional and global security issues, inviting military and civilian representatives of the United States and Asia-Pacific nations to its comprehensive program of executive education and workshops, both in Hawaii and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

The Center supports the U.S. Pacific Command by developing and sustaining relationships among security practitioners and national security establishments throughout the region.  DKI APCSS’ mission is to build capacities and communities of interest by educating, connecting, and empowering security practitioners to advance Asia-Pacific security.  It is one of the Department of Defense’s five regional security studies centers.

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