Ian Easton is Senior Director and Research Fellow at the Project 2049 Institute, a think tank producing future-oriented analysis of political, socioeconomic, and tech trends in the Asia-Pacific. In his roles, Ian studies defense and securities issues involving the People’s Republic of China. He also conduced independent and project-based research related to strategic and advanced technology developments in China. He is also the author of The Chinese Invasion Threat: Taiwan's Defense and American Strategy in Asia. Previously, Ian was a visiting fellow at the Japan Institute for International Affairs, a China analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses, and a researcher for the Asia Bureau of Defense News. Today, Ian has over 2 years of professional research analysis and translation experience in greater Washington D.C. on issues involving Asia-Pacific defense, security, advanced technology, and foreign affairs.
At CNA, he supported federally-funded research and development center projects of various U.S. government sectors.
During his time in Taiwan, he worked as a translator for Island Technologies and the Foundation for Asia-Pacific Peace Studies.
At Island Technologies, he consulted on the design of an advanced language learning software platform.
While at Taipei, he also conducted research with the Asia Bureau Chief of Defense News.
MEDIA & APPEARANCES
Ian’s writings have been featured in the New York Times, Economist, Foreign Policy, and many other media outlets in the United States and Asia.
He has testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.
He has given lectures at the U.S. Naval War College, U.S. Army JAG School, and Japan’s National Defense Academy.
He has also given talks at Taiwan's National Defense University, and Germany's Command and Staff College.