Yale Professor Named a Young Global Leader

Michael Auslin

Michael Auslin, assistant professor of history at Yale University and director of the Project on Japan–U.S. Relations, has been designated a Young Global Leader 2006 by the Forum of Young Global Leaders, an affiliate of the World Economic Forum, based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Auslin joins 175 executives, public figures and intellectuals under the age of 40 who have been selected for the honor this year. He is one of 41 North Americans chosen to become Young Global Leaders in 2006, joining a global community that now includes 410 leaders from all regions of the world.

Established in 2004 by Klaus Schwab, executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, the Forum of Young Global Leaders is a multi-stakeholder community of extraordinary young leaders who are ready to dedicate a part of their time and energy to work towards a better future. They engage together in the 2020 Initiative, a comprehensive endeavor to understand current and future trends, risks and opportunities both at global and regional levels, formulate a positive vision for the world in 2020 and put forward concrete strategies to translate their vision into action.

The 2006 class of Young Global Leaders includes over 60 business leaders, more than 30 government leaders and dozens of scholars, media and nongovernmental organization leaders from 50 countries ranging from Argentina to Zimbabwe. The Young Global Leaders include the presidents of El Salvador and Georgia, the prime minister of Estonia, the mayors of San Francisco and Yokohama, U.S. Senator John Sununu, author Samantha Power, as well as Larry Page and Sergey Brin, co-founders of Google.

Auslin, who specializes in Japanese international history and U.S.–East Asian relations, is also a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a Fellow of the U.S.–Japan Leadership Program. A frequent commentator in the American and Japanese press, he is the author of “Negotiating with Imperialism: The Unequal Treaties and the Culture of Japanese Diplomacy” (Harvard, 2004), and is working on the manuscript of a second book, “Pacific Cosmopolitans: The Cultural Encounter Between Japan and the United States.”

Each year a new class of around 200 YGLs is selected for a five-year membership, ultimately forming a community of 1,111 by 2009. The 2006 class was chosen from among 3,500 candidates by the Forum of Young Global Leaders’ Nomination Committee, chaired by Her Majesty Queen Rania of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

The Young Global Leaders will meet as a community at their Annual Summit in Vancouver, Canada, in June 2006.

For more information, see www.younggloballeaders.org.

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