Dr. Patrick M. Cronin

  • Asia-Pacific Security

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.

Dr. Cronin has a rich and diverse background in both Asian-Pacific security and U.S. defense, foreign and development policy.  Prior to leading INSS, Dr. Cronin served as the Director of Studies at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS).  At the IISS, he also served as Editor of the Adelphi Papers and as the Executive Director of the Armed Conflict Database.  Before joining IISS, Dr. Cronin was Senior Vice President and Director of Research at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

In 2001, Dr. Cronin was confirmed by the United States Senate to the third-ranking position at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  While serving as Assistant Administrator for Policy and Program Coordination, Dr. Cronin also led the interagency task force that helped design the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC).

From 1998 until 2001, Dr. Cronin served as Director of Research at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Prior to that, he spent seven years at the National Defense University, first arriving at INSS in 1990 as a Senior Research Professor covering Asian and long-range security issues.  He was the founding Executive Editor of Joint Force Quarterly, and subsequently became both Deputy Director and Director of Research at the Institute.  He received the Army's Meritorious Civilian Service Award upon his departure from NDU in 1997.

He has also been a senior analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, a U.S. Naval Reserve Intelligence officer, and an analyst with the Congressional Research Service and SRI International.  He was Associate Editor of Strategic Review and worked as an undergraduate at the Miami Herald and the Fort Lauderdale News.

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.

  • May 26, 2016
  • Patrick M. Cronin, Mira Rapp-Hooper, Harry Krejsa
  • Reports

Dynamic Balance: An Alliance Requirements Roadmap for the Asia-Pacific Region

Three CNAS experts provide a roadmap for the next U.S. administration and key U.S. allies in the region to address these challenges and potential escalation.

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  • May 20, 2016
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  • Reports

Sustaining the Rebalance in Southeast Asia: Challenges and Opportunities Facing the Next Administration

CNAS Asia Pacific Security Program Director Dr. Patrick Cronin has written a new report proposing a five-part agenda the next president can pursue in his or her first 100 days to maximize the U.S. position in Southeast Asia.

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  • March 10, 2016
  • Michele Flournoy, Dr. Sachiko Kuno, Patrick M. Cronin, Maki Fukami
  • Reports

Strategic Resilience: A U.S.-Japan Alliance Action Plan for All-Hazard Emergency Management

Evermay Dialogue Co-Chairs Dr. Sachiko Kuno and the Honorable Michèle Flournoy released a new report on a U.S.-Japan alliance action plan for all-hazard emergency management. 

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  • February 11, 2016
  • Patrick M. Cronin, Derwin Pereira
  • Commentaries

CNAS Commentary: High Stakes at the Sunnylands Summit

Center for a New American Security Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Patrick Cronin and Pereira International CEO Derwin Pereira have written a new commentary as President Obama prepares to host a summit with ASEAN leaders in Sunnylands, California next week.

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  • December 16, 2015
  • Patrick M. Cronin, Van Jackson, Elbridge Colby, Richard Fontaine, David Eunpyoung Jee, Hannah Suh
  • Reports

Solving Long Division: The Geopolitical Implications of Korean Unification

Eight CNAS experts examine a host of issues posed by unification – including nuclear weapons and deterrence, the U.S.-Korea alliance, and relations between the countries in Northeast Asia – and offers key findings to inform how policymakers should prepare for unification on the Korean Peninsula.

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  • July 24, 2015
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  • Congressional Testimony

Dr. Patrick Cronin before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Patrick Cronin testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on America's security role in the South China Sea.

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  • May 13, 2015
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  • Congressional Testimony

Dr. Patrick Cronin before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Patrick Cronin testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China's relations with Southeast Asia.

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  • March 11, 2015
  • Alexander Sullivan, Patrick M. Cronin
  • Reports

Preserving the Rules: Countering Coercion in Maritime Asia

"A combination of active engagement, cost imposition, denial, and offset strategies can best help shape the future order of the Asia-Pacific region."

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  • February 3, 2015
  • Shawn Brimley, Phillip Carter, Elbridge Colby, Patrick M. Cronin, Michele Flournoy, Ilan Goldenberg, Jerry Hendrix, Nicholas Heras, Van Jackson, Katherine Kidder, Paul Scharre, Julianne Smith, Jacob Stokes, Alexander Sullivan
  • Reports

Ideas to Action: Suggestions for the 25th Secretary of Defense

In advance of Dr. Ashton Carter’s upcoming nomination hearing to be Secretary of Defense, CNAS experts have produced a series of commentaries outlining the key issues the 25th Secretary of Defense will face.

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  • September 4, 2014
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Reports

The Challenge of Responding to Maritime Coercion

Dr. Patrick Cronin provides a framework for further thinking about both the need to impose costs on bad behavior and gray zone assertiveness in maritime Asia, and the set of strategies best able to accomplish behavioral change while preserving the overall peaceful character of the region.

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  • February 12, 2016
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  • Events

Countering Terrorism in the Asia-Pacific

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and the Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) will present a panel discussion on the challenges posed by resurgent extremism in the Asia-Pacific region and the opportunities for greater regional counterterrorism collaboration.

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  • February 11, 2016
  • Patrick M. Cronin, Michele Flournoy
  • Events

Mapping Asia's Trajectory: An Australian Perspective

CNAS, in partnership with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, hosted a luncheon keynote address by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia.

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  • January 8, 2014
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Events

Defending the First Island Chain

The Center for a New American Security will hold a public, on-the-record experts’ discussion on the future defense of the First Island Chain that spans the Asia-Pacific maritime.

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  • March 21, 2013
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Events

The United States and Global Missile Defense

The Atlantic Council’s Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security held its annual conference on missile defense on March 12, 2013, featuring CNAS Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Patrick Cronin in a panel discussion on msissle defenses.

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  • March 7, 2012
  • Michele Flournoy, David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Robert D. Kaplan, Patrick M. Cronin, Election 2012 Series
  • Events

Election 2012 - Informing the National Security Agenda Event Series

The Center for a New American Security, the American Enterprise Institute and the New America Foundation are pleased to introduce Election 2012: Informing the National Security Agenda to this presidential campaign season. 

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  • February 28, 2012
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Events

Vital Venture: Economic Engagement of North Korea and the Kaesong Industrial Complex

At a launch event co-hosted by the Korea Economic Institute on March 8, CNAS released "Vital Venture: Economic Engagement of North Korea and the Kaesong Industrial Complex."

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  • December 19, 2011
  • Richard Danzig, Robert D. Kaplan, Patrick M. Cronin
  • Events

Cooperation from Strength: The United States, China and the South China Sea

At an event on January 10, 2012, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) released a report by CNAS experts Dr. Patrick Cronin and Robert D. Kaplan titled "Cooperation from Strength: The United States, China and the South China Sea."

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  • April 15, 2011
  • Patrick M. Cronin
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Indo-Pacific Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Workshop

On March 30, 2011, CNAS Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Patrick M. Cronin led a workshop focused on trends related to intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) in the Indo-Pacific.

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  • February 9, 2011
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The ROK-U.S. Alliance: Planning for the Future

The Center for a New American Security and the East Asia Institute co-hosted a conference in Seoul on the future of the ROK-U.S. alliance with a keynote address from President of the Naval War College Rear Admiral Phil Wisecup, USN, and General Walter L. Sharp, Commander, UNC/CFC/USF.

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  • February 2, 2011
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Events

Pressure: Coercive Economic Statecraft and U.S. National Security

On January 31, CNAS held a private press briefing for the release of the "Pressure: Coercive Economic Statecraft and U.S. National Security" report.  Authors Dr. David Asher, Victor Comras and Dr. Patrick Cronin met with the press and national security leaders for a question and answer session.   

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  • May 23, 2016
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • In the News

In historic move, U.S. lifts embargo on arms sales to Vietnam

In the Washington Post, senior fellow Patrick Cronin explains how the U.S. and Vietnam wanted to demonstrate a resistence to any Chinese aggression.

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  • May 23, 2016
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US in talks to place military equipment in Vietnam for first time since war’s end

In the Financial Times, senior fellow Patrick Cronin explains why Vietnam will be cautious with China as they strengthen relations with the U.S.

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  • May 23, 2016
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  • In the News

Obama's Asian nuclear nightmare

In a potential Asia nuclear arms race, senior fellow Patrick Cronin explains what barriers Japan would have to face in Politico. 

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  • May 23, 2016
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Obama Aims to Deepen Ties on Asia Trip

In The Wall Street Journal, senior fellow Patrick Cronin analyzes the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the meaning of its success. 

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  • May 23, 2016
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Buoyed by U.S. firms, Vietnam emerges as an Asian manufacturing powerhouse

In the Washington Post, senior fellow Patrick Cronin discusses Vietnam's potential to grow.

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  • May 18, 2016
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  • In the News

Arms embargo, human rights confront Obama in Vietnam

In USA Today, senior advisor and director Patrick Cronin discusses how the Obama administration can dictate U.S. relations with Vietnam for the next 20 years

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  • May 11, 2016
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • In the News

U.S. says it will work with controversial new Philippines leader

On Reuters, senior Asia-Pacific analyst Patrick Cronin gives three reasons for the strategic importance of the Philippines 

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  • May 10, 2016
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  • In the News

‘Filipino Donald Trump’ Rodrigo Duterte poised for victory as U.S. watches anxiously

In The Washington Times, senior fellow Patrick Cronin discusses the future of new Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte

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  • May 6, 2016
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North Korean military moves: What can the U.S. do?

In a CNN article on WPTZ, senior fellow Patrick Cronin discusses new missile defense strategy in North Korea 

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  • April 13, 2016
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  • In the News

U.S. defense chief visits Philippines amid sea dispute with China

In Reuters, Dr. Patrick Cronin, senior advisor and senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, disusses U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter's visit to the Philippines.

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  • February 8, 2016
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Op-eds

North Korea Ignites a Predictable Chain Reaction

On War on the Rocks, Senior Fellow Dr. Patrick Cronin examines North Korea's fourth nuclear test.

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  • February 4, 2016
  • Patrick M. Cronin, Phoebe Benich
  • Op-eds

Taiwan’s Great Recalibration

In a Foreign Policy op-ed, CNAS experts Patrick Cronin and Phoebe Benich discuss implications from the Taiwanese elections.

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  • December 21, 2015
  • Patrick M. Cronin, Harry Krejsa
  • Op-eds

The Mind Games Behind Obama Arming Taiwan

In The National Interest, Asia-Pacific Security Experts Patrick Cronin and Harry Krejsa examine presidential announcements of major arms sales to Taiwan.

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  • December 16, 2015
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Op-eds

Yomiuri-Gallup Survey / Strong support for alliance expressed on both sides

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Dr. Patrick Cronin penned an op-ed examining U.S.-Japan relations in The Japan News.

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  • November 9, 2015
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  • Op-eds

How to Get Kim Jong-un Out of the U.S.-ROK Alliance's 'Head'

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Dr. Patrick Cronin penned an op-ed examining the U.S.-Korean alliance and the threat from North Korea in The National Interest.

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  • October 27, 2015
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Op-eds

How American Can Cross the Digital Security Divide

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Dr. Patrick Cronin co-wrote an op-ed examining how the US can respond to growing cybersecurity challenges in The National Interest.

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  • October 26, 2015
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  • Op-eds

Waiting for Widodo: The Limits of Security Assistance and the U.S. Rebalance to Asia

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Dr. Patrick Cronin co-wrote an op-ed examining the security relationship between the US and Indonesia in War on the Rocks.

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  • September 23, 2015
  • Mira Rapp-Hooper, Patrick M. Cronin
  • Op-eds

American Strategy in the South China Sea: Time to Define 'Militarization' and 'Coercion'

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Dr. Patrick Cronin and Senior Fellow with the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Mira Rapp-Hooper co-wrote an op-ed examining the proper US response to China's actions in the South China Sea in The National Interest.

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  • July 27, 2015
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Op-eds

North Korea's saber rattling more worrying than Russia

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Dr. Patrick Cronin penned an op-ed examining Russian and North Korean saber rattling and nuclear capabilities in CNN.

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  • July 14, 2015
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Forecasting the Future of US-China Competition

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Dr. Patrick Cronin penned an op-ed examining the US-China relationship based on material from the CNAS annual conference in The Diplomat.

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  • July 24, 2015
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Congressional Testimony

Dr. Patrick Cronin before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Patrick Cronin testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on America's security role in the South China Sea.

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  • May 13, 2015
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Congressional Testimony

Dr. Patrick Cronin before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Patrick Cronin testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on China's relations with Southeast Asia.

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  • September 6, 2013
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Congressional Testimony

Appearance by Dr. Patrick Cronin before the HASC on the "strategic rebalance" toward Asia.

Dr. Patrick Cronin testifies before the House Armed Services Committe

CNAS Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Patrick Cronin testified on July 24 before the House Armed Services on achieving strategic re-balance in the Asia-Pacific region.

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  • January 26, 2012
  • Patrick M. Cronin
  • Congressional Testimony

China’s Global Quest for Resources and Implications for the United States

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On January 26th, Dr. Patrick M. Cronin, CNAS Senior Advisor and Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. He discussed the subject of China's approach to managing natural resources and its implications for U.S. national security.

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  • February 18, 2016
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The Prospects for Korean Reunification | Great Decisions Lecture Series

As part of the Foreign Policy  Association Great Decisions Lecture Series, Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Dr. Patrick Cronin joins a panel to discuss the prospects of Korea reunification.

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  • February 11, 2016
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North Korea: U.S. intelligence warnings

On CNN, Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Patrick Cronin discusses warnings from U.S. intelligence chiefs on the North Korean threat.

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  • February 11, 2016
  • Patrick M. Cronin, Michele Flournoy
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Video: Mapping Asia's Trajectory: An Australia Perspective

CNAS, in partnership with the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, hosted a luncheon keynote address by the Hon Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia on January 26 at The Willard InterContinental Hotel.

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  • February 4, 2016
  • Patrick M. Cronin
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Kim Jong Un's motives: North Korea nuclear test

On CNN, Patrick Cronin, Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, discusses Kim Jong Un's possible motives for conducting a nuclear test, which North Korea claims was an H-bomb.

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  • July 9, 2015
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Video: CSF 2015 I Panel Discussion: Contested Arenas

Senior Advisor and Senior Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Patrick M. Cronin discusses territorial disputes in the South China Sea at the Naval War College.

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  • June 5, 2015
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SEWAC: U.S. National Security and the Asia Pacific Region

Asia-Pacific Security Director Patrick Cronin, presents on U.S. national security and the Asia-Pacific region at the Southeastern Connecticut World Affairs Council.

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  • June 1, 2015
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U.S. pressures North Korea over nukes, human rights

Asia-Pacific Security Program Director Patrick Cronin joins CNN's Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer to discuss U.S. pressures on North Korea on its nuclear program.

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  • April 20, 2015
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North Korea threatens U.S. ambassador

Asia-Pacific Security Senior Director Patrick Cronin discusses North Korea's threat to the U.S. Ambassador with Brian Todd on CNN's Situation Room.

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  • March 16, 2015
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North Korea, Russia declare a 'year of friendship'

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Asia-Pacific Security Director Dr. Patrick Cronin weighs in on the "year of friendship" declared by North Korea and Russia.

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  • March 8, 2015
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U.S. Security Challenges

On This Week in Defense News, Asia-Pacific Security Senior Director Dr. Patrick Cronin discusses the fight against the Islamic State group, Russia's aggression in Ukraine and other challenges to U.S. security.

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