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Riley Walters

Deputy Director, Japan Chair

Riley Walters is deputy director of the Hudson Institute Japan Chair. His research objectives include expanding economic ties and promoting closer scientific and technological collaboration between the United States and Japan.

Prior to joining Hudson, Riley was a senior policy analyst and economist in the Asian Studies Center at the Heritage Foundation. He is currently a senior non-resident fellow with the Global Taiwan Institute. Previously, he was a Penn Kemble fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy, a George C. Marshall fellow at the Heritage Foundation, and most recently a national security fellow with the Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

Riley has appeared on national television and radio extensively. He has written for a variety of publications, including The Hill, The Japan Times, the Global Taiwan Brief, The ACCJ Journal, The Diplomat, Washington Times, The National Interest, Fox Business, Geopolitical Intelligence Services, and others.

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

Riley was born and raised in Alexandria, Virginia.

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