Trump nominates think tank chief, DC Jewish leader as ambassador to Japan

Kenneth Weinstein is the president of the Hudson Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.

Kenneth Weinstein, president of the Hudson Institute, speaks at the think tank in Washington, July 24, 2018 (photo credit: MICHAEL BROCHSTEIN/SOPA IMAGES/LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES/JTA)
Kenneth Weinstein, president of the Hudson Institute, speaks at the think tank in Washington, July 24, 2018
(photo credit: MICHAEL BROCHSTEIN/SOPA IMAGES/LIGHTROCKET VIA GETTY IMAGES/JTA)
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has nominated Kenneth Weinstein, a prominent Jewish conservative thinker, to be ambassador to Japan.
Weinstein is the president of the Hudson Institute, a conservative Washington think tank.
He has also been deeply involved in the Washington-area Jewish community.
In his writings, he focuses on the Middle East and Europe. Weinstein has published extensively in French and has been decorated with France’s Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, which recognizes eminent artists and writers.
He is also chairman of the Board of Governors of the US Agency for Global Media, which includes the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Radio Free Asia and Middle East Broadcasting.
Weinstein was president of the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s capital and is on the advisory council of the Forum for Jewish Leadership. He is a former director of the Washington office of the Shalem Center, a Jewish research institute.
Trump sent Weinstein’s nomination to the Senate on Wednesday.