Patrick M. Cronin is a senior advisor and senior director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. 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. Prior to leading INSS, Dr. Cronin served as the director of studies at the London-based International Institute for Strategic Studies, where he served as editor of the Adelphi Papers and as executive director of the Armed Conflict Database. Before joining IISS, Dr. Cronin was senior vice president and director of research at CSIS. In 2001, Dr. Cronin was confirmed by the United States Senate to the third-ranking position at the US Agency for International Development. From 1998 until 2001, Dr. Cronin served as director of research at the US Institute of Peace. Dr. Cronin has taught at Georgetown University’s Security Studies Program, The Johns Hopkins University’s Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, and the University of Virginia’s Woodrow Wilson Department of Government. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his M.Phil. and D.Phil. in international relations from the University of Oxford.