Ashley McIlvain Moran is the Associate Director of the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law where she created and leads the Center's democratic governance research team, state fragility research program, and Middle East initiative. She also directs the Center's Department of Defense-funded program on Climate Change and African Political Stability and serves as a core researcher on its new DoD-funded Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia program. She is a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. 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 legislative and political positions in the United States.
Her research interests lie in comparative constitutional law, the intersection of constitutional order and conflict, state fragility, and democratic legal and institutional reform. 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. She holds an MALD in comparative law and development economics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and she is currently pursuing a PhD in comparative constitutional law at the University of Texas at Austin.