Shirley Kan is an independent specialist in Asian security affairs whose service for the US Government has included working for Congress at the non-partisan Congressional Research Service (CRS) from 1990 to 2015. She is a founding Member of GTI’s Advisory Board. She writes analyses and participates in conferences. Ms. Kan participated in the Commandant’s National Security Program at the Army War College in 2012. During the Taiwan Strait Crisis of 1995-1996, she supported the Defense Attaché at the Embassy in Beijing. In China in 1989, she observed the pro-democracy movement and political-military crisis while serving as the Political Intern at the Consulate-General in Shenyang. Ms. Kan graduated cum laude from Georgetown University and from the University of Michigan’s graduate school.