Ashley McIlvain Moran is an independent consultant based in Austin, Texas. She directs the State Fragility Initiative at the Robert Strauss Center for International Security and Law at the University of Texas at Austin and recently led projects for USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation and UN Security Council member states. At the University of Texas, she previously led the Strauss Center’s U.S. Department of Defense-funded program on Climate Change and African Political Stability, served as a core researcher on its DoD-funded program on Complex Emergencies and Political Stability in Asia, and taught on security and development in fragile states at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Overseas, she previously served as parliamentary advisor in 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. She currently focuses on post-conflict constitutional development, the evolution of new institutions, dynamics of state identity and legitimacy, and crisis risks from climate stress in fragile contexts.