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Sam Gerstle

Senior Associate

Sam is a Senior Associate at The Asia Group, where he helps Fortune 500 clients translate complex geopolitical, economic, and regulatory trends into actionable insights in major markets throughout the Indo-Pacific region. Working primarily in the defense and aerospace, healthcare, information communications technology, and e-commerce sectors, Sam leverages deep regional and sectoral expertise in support of business development, strategic communications, and government relations strategies to position clients for long-term growth in key markets.

Prior to joining The Asia Group, Sam worked at the U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy, Indo-Pacific Security Affairs, where he supported regional defense initiatives aimed at strengthening U.S. alliance coordination and served as a policy advisor to senior U.S. defense officials. Previously, Sam was a Research Associate with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and lead researcher for By More Than Providence: Grand Strategy and American Power in the Asia Pacific Since 1783 by Dr. Michael Green. Sam also brings prior experience at the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration, where he covered the oil and gas portfolio.

Sam is a Pacific Forum Young Leader and an Alexander Hamilton Society 2020-21 Security and Strategy Seminar Fellow. He graduated with distinction from Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Foreign Service with a Master of Science in Foreign Service. While at Georgetown, Sam was a recipient of a Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship for the advanced study of Japanese and was Editor in Chief of the Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs. Sam also received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, where he received the Morris Medal and completed a dual degree in Japanese and History. He has studied and lived in Nagoya, Japan, and is proficient in Japanese.