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Sam Gerstle

Associate & Special Assistant

Sam is an Associate at The Asia Group, where he is principally focusing on supporting the firm’s defense portfolio. In this capacity, Sam draws on his array of government and policy research experience to deliver timely analyses of political, security, and sectoral trends relevant to client equites. His areas of expertise include U.S. foreign policy, the aerospace and defense industries, Japan’s international relations, and regional security dynamics. Sam also serves as the Special Assistant for Rexon Ryu.

Prior to joining The Asia Group, Sam worked on the Japan team at the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Policy at the U.S. Department of Defense. During this time, he supported regional defense initiatives aimed at strengthening U.S. alliance coordination, prepared briefing materials and speeches for senior U.S. officials, and met regularly with Japanese and Korean government counterparts. Sam previously worked on the Industry & Analysis staff at the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration. Prior to his work at the Department of Commerce, Sam was a Research Associate with the Japan Chair at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where he was the lead researcher for a project on the history of U.S. strategy in the Asia-Pacific.

Sam graduated with distinction from Georgetown University’s Graduate School of Foreign Service with a Master of Science in Foreign Service (MSFS). 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. He also received his undergraduate degree from Georgetown University, completing a dual degree in Japanese and History. Sam has studied and lived in Nagoya, Japan, and is proficient in Japanese.