Major Ryan Ashley (USAF) is a Fellow in the Asia Program at the Foreign Policy Research Institute and an Air Force Intelligence Officer pursuing a Ph.D. in Public Policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Policy and History from George Washington University, a Master’s in Security Studies from Angelo State University, and a Master’s of Arts in Asian Studies from Georgetown University. Maj Ashley has operational experience with special operations and conventional forces across the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. He is also currently an Adjunct Lecturer with the Air Force Special Operations School teaching courses on East and Southeast Asian politics, culture, and security. His Ph.D. studies focus on the security relations between Japan and member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).