- "Without our history, we cannot know who we are, or what we may someday become. I will not make that same mistake."
Ashwan was the Chairman, leader of the Tagrean people, and sympathetic to SG-1 and the crew of the Prometheus. Before the ship's arrival at Tagrea, Ashwan's public approval was sketchy at best. Much of it was dependent on the military support of Commander Kalfas. With the arrival of the Prometheus, his men were far less interested in what the Chairman had to say, and relied more on Kalfas for instruction.
Ashwan saw the potential for exploration in unearthing the Stargate, and a great potential for friendship and learning in opening and maintaining a dialogue with Earth. Because of this, he met vehement opposition from Kalfas. Eventually, Ashwan had to remove him from his command and struggled to maintain the loyalty of the military. He was successful and managed to maintain relations with Earth as well, allowing SG-1 to return to their world and bring back supplies to fix the Prometheus. (SG1: "Memento")