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Ashley Moran

MALD, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy

Ashley Moran



Comparative constitutional law, divided societies, state fragility, democratic legal and institutional reform, the Middle East


Ashley McIlvain Moran directs the State Fragility Initiative at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin, where she leads research on state fragility dynamics, water and conflict in the Middle East, and governance intervention strategies. She serves as a core researcher on the Center's U.S. Defense Department-funded program assessing complex emergencies in Asia and leads a project for USAID's Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation assessing global fragility and climate risks. At the university, she previously directed the Strauss Center’s long-standing DoD-funded program on Climate Change and African Political Stability (CCAPS), served for three years as the Center’s associate director, and taught a graduate course on security and development in fragile states at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Overseas, she previously served as parliamentary advisor in the Republic of Georgia for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), ran democratic reform programs and trainings in Iraq and Azerbaijan for NDI, and designed rule of law programs in Kyrgyzstan for the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Her previous policy work includes various political and legislative positions in the United States. She is currently a security fellow with the Truman National Security Project.

Her current projects assess the role of constitutional courts in securing stability in new democracies and particularly Iraq, the effectiveness of foreign aid in promoting democracy and good governance, and factors that contribute to state fragility.

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