Michael Kolton is a China specialist for the US Army and currently lives and works in Taipei, Taiwan. Michael is the de facto army attaché at the American Institute in Taiwan, directing multiple projects in collaboration with US and Taiwan partners on national defense and disaster management affairs.

Michael has been a US Army officer for nearly 15 years, first serving as an infantry officer and then as a foreign area officer. As an army officer, Michael has lived and worked in Beijing, Taipei, Baghdad, and Kunar Province, Afghanistan. As an infantry officer, Michael directed operations in Iraq and Afghanistan and helped community leaders improve essential services as well as security.

Michael holds an MA in Global Affairs from Yale University, an MA in Economics from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a BS in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point. Michael is also a former East-West Center Graduate Degree Fellow and Kathryn Davis Peace Fellow at Middlebury College, Vermont.

Michael, his wife, Christine, and their four-year-old son, Michael Kolton Jr., live in Taiwan.