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Hudson Institute Welcomes David Asher and Tim Morrison as Senior Fellows

David Asher

WASHINGTON – Hudson Institute announced today that David Asher and Tim Morrison have joined the Institute’s policy team as senior fellows. Asher will examine the convergence of economics and security strategy, and Morrison will focus on Asia-Pacific security including missile defense and nuclear deterrent modernization.

“I am delighted to welcome David and Tim to Hudson,” said John Walters, chief operating officer of Hudson Institute. “From U.S.-China relations, to arms control and nuclear deterrence, to economic and financial pressure strategies against state adversaries, their experience will be invaluable to the Institute. David and Tim join Hudson’s deep bench of policy experts shaping U.S. policy and bringing their expertise to bear on the most challenging issues facing us today.”

David Asher

David Asher joins Hudson Institute as senior fellow, focusing on U.S. foreign policy in Asia, economic and financial policy toward U.S. state adversaries, and high technology. Over the last 25 years, Dr. Asher has played a senior role in numerous economic and financial pressure campaigns involving defiant states, terrorist organizations, drug cartels, and weapons proliferation networks. From 2001 to 2005, he served as senior advisor for East Asian and Pacific Affairs at the State Department, special coordinator of the State Department’s North Korea Working Group (under the Secretary of State), co-chair of the North Korea Activities Group Policy Coordinating Committee for the National Security Council, and U.S. delegation adviser to the Six Party Talks. From 2008 to 2010, Dr. Asher advised the leadership of U.S. CENTCOM on Iran-Hezbollah economic pressure strategy as well as on sensitive counterproliferation and counterterrorism programs and operations. From 2010 to 2014, he served as a senior advisor to the U.S. Special Operations Command for counter threat finance and counter network operations. In 2014, Dr. Asher returned to the Department of State where he led the development of the U.S. government and coalition economic Warfare Campaign Strategy against the Islamic State, under the Presidential Special Envoy, General John Allen.

Dr. Asher holds a doctorate in international relations from Oxford University and was a College Scholar at Cornell University as an undergraduate. He is fluent in Japanese. He has over two decades of experience working in the international financial community, including advising several of the world’s largest global hedge funds on Japan and Asia strategy. He is co-founder of Sayari Labs, a financial intelligence and commercial data provider.

Tim Morrison

Tim Morrison joins Hudson Institute as senior fellow, focusing on Asia-Pacific security. Morrison recently served as deputy assistant to the president for national security in the Trump administration. He served as senior director on the National Security Council for European Affairs, where he was responsible for coordinating U.S. government policy for 52 countries and three multilateral organizations. Prior to that post, he served as senior director for counterproliferation and biodefense. Morrison has worked in a variety of roles on Capitol Hill including serving on the House Armed Services Committee staff, initially as staff director of the Subcommittee on Strategic Forces and ultimately as policy director of the Committee.

For additional information, please contact Hudson Institute at (202) 974-2400 or [email protected]