Riley Walters

Senior Fellow

Riley Walters

At A Glance:

Riley Walters is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute specializing in international economics and national security.

Biography

Riley Walters is a senior fellow at Hudson Institute specializing in international economics and national security.

His areas of expertise include international trade policy, investment regulations, technology and innovation, cybersecurity, and the intersection of economics and national security. He is also an expert on east Asian political affairs, primarily focusing on Japan and Taiwan. 

Mr. Walters is also a senior non-resident fellow with the Global Taiwan Institute. Prior to joining Hudson, he was a senior policy analyst and economist in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation. Previously, he was a Penn Kemble fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy, a George C. Marshall fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a national security fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a Kim Koo fellow with the Korea Society.

Mr. Walters is a prolific writer, contributing extensively to policy papers and media outlets including The HillJapan TimesGlobal Taiwan Brief, The Messenger, The Diplomat, the Washington Times, the National Interest, Geopolitical Intelligence Services, and others. Mr. Walters has also appeared extensively on domestic and international news, television, and radio services including TaiwanPlus, Nikkei Asia, Segye Daily, Al Jazeera, Radio Free Asia, Kyodo News, Politico, and more. 

Mr. Walters has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from George Mason University. He has previously lived in Japan, including one year living with strawberry farmers in Kumamoto prefecture and one year while studying at Sophia University in Tokyo. He is fluent in Japanese.

 

Events
09
April 2024
Past Event
China’s Interference in Taiwan’s Election and Implications for America
Featured Speakers:
Chihhao Yu
Billion Lee
John Fuisz
Moderator:
Riley Walters
Election workers count ballots on January 13, 2024, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
09
April 2024
Past Event
China’s Interference in Taiwan’s Election and Implications for America

Join Hudson for a panel with some of the leading organizations combating the PRC’s influence operations in Taiwan and around the world.

Election workers count ballots on January 13, 2024, in Taipei, Taiwan. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Chihhao Yu
Billion Lee
John Fuisz
Moderator:
Riley Walters
18
March 2024
Past Event
Furthering US-Japan Collaboration on Communications Security
Featured Speakers:
Yoshikazu Okamoto
Mark Cullinane
Hisashi Inoue
Moderator:
Riley Walters
The H2A-43 carrying date relay satellites lifts off from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center on November 29, 2020, in Minamitane, Japan. (Photo by the Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
18
March 2024
Past Event
Furthering US-Japan Collaboration on Communications Security

Join Hudson for a discussion on how the US and Japan can work together to build the future of communications security.

The H2A-43 carrying date relay satellites lifts off from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Tanegashima Space Center on November 29, 2020, in Minamitane, Japan. (Photo by the Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Yoshikazu Okamoto
Mark Cullinane
Hisashi Inoue
Moderator:
Riley Walters
23
January 2024
Past Event
A Look at Taiwan’s Election Results
Featured Speakers:
Bonnie Glaser
Ryan Hass
Russell Hsiao
Moderator:
Riley Walters
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter carries a Taiwan flag during National Day celebrations in Taipei on October 10, 2021. (Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images)
23
January 2024
Past Event
A Look at Taiwan’s Election Results
A CH-47 Chinook helicopter carries a Taiwan flag during National Day celebrations in Taipei on October 10, 2021. (Sam Yeh/AFP via Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
Bonnie Glaser
Ryan Hass
Russell Hsiao
Moderator:
Riley Walters
04
December 2023
Past Event
The Quad’s Multidimensional Interest in Taiwan
Featured Speakers:
James J. Przystup
Yuko Mukai
Dhruva Jaishankar
Adam Leslie
Moderator:
Riley Walters
Taiwan's armed forces hold two days of routine drills to show combat readiness ahead of Lunar New Year holidays at a military base on January 11, 2023 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The self-ruled island of Taiwan continues to hold defensive drills, as tensions remain high in the Taiwan straits. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
04
December 2023
Past Event
The Quad’s Multidimensional Interest in Taiwan
Taiwan's armed forces hold two days of routine drills to show combat readiness ahead of Lunar New Year holidays at a military base on January 11, 2023 in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The self-ruled island of Taiwan continues to hold defensive drills, as tensions remain high in the Taiwan straits. (Photo by Annabelle Chih/Getty Images)
Featured Speakers:
James J. Przystup
Yuko Mukai
Dhruva Jaishankar
Adam Leslie
Moderator:
Riley Walters