Kenneth Weinstein

Director, ISIC-Japan
Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute

Kenneth R. Weinstein, a noted expert on international affairs and global security, is the Walter P. Stern Distinguished Fellow at Hudson Institute.

From 2011 through 2020, Dr. Weinstein served as president and chief executive officer of Hudson Institute.  He joined the Institute in 1991, was appointed CEO in June 2005, and was named president and CEO in March 2011. Under his leadership since 2005, Hudson Institute grew significantly in size, prominence, visibility and impact, recruiting top-flight talent and advising officials around the globe.

Dr. Weinstein has written widely for publications in the United States, Europe, and Asia, including The Wall Street Journal, Le Monde, and the Yomiuri Shimbun. In 2006, he was decorated with a knighthood in arts and letters by the government of France. He serves on boards and advisory boards of organizations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe.

From January 2017 until May 2020, Dr. Weinstein chaired the Broadcasting Board of Governors, the oversight body for U.S. Agency for Global Media, and was chair of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting and the Open Technology Fund.

He is the co-editor of The Essential Herman Kahn: In Defense of Thinking (Lexington Books, 2009).

Dr. Weinstein serves on the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations, which provides counsel on trade agreements to United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai. In March 2020, he was nominated by President Trump to serve as U.S. ambassador to Japan. His nomination was reported unanimously out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in September 2020.

Dr. Weinstein earned his B.A. in General Studies in the Humanities from the University of Chicago, D.E.A. in Soviet and Eastern European Studies from Sciences-Po Paris, and Ph.D. in Political Science from Harvard University.

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