Riley Walters is the deputy director of the Japan Chair at Hudson Institute. He works alongside Japan Chair H.R. McMaster and Japan Chair fellows Taro Hayashi and Masashi Murano. He is also a senior non-resident fellow at the Global Taiwan Institute.
Previously, he was a senior policy analyst and economist at the Heritage Foundation, where he specialized in northeast Asian macroeconomic issues as well as foreign investment, emerging technologies and cybersecurity.
Mr. Walters previously lived in Japan: one year in Kumamoto prefecture and one year in Tokyo while attending Sophia University. He holds his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from George Mason University in Virginia. He also holds a minor degree in Japanese studies. Before joining the Heritage Foundation, he worked at the Competitive Enterprise Institute as a research associate.
Mr. Walters is a former Penn Kemble fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy and George C. Marshall fellow with the Heritage Foundation.