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Oct 12, 2021

Kroenig and Ashford address the specter of war over Taiwan

By Atlantic Council

On October 8, Foreign Policy published a biweekly column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and New American Engagement Initiative senior fellow Emma Ashford discussing the latest news in international affairs. In this column, they discuss recent Chinese incursions into Taiwan’s Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ), Taiwan’s strategic significance to the United States, and the possibilities for […]

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Oct 12, 2021

Ashford in Inkstick: Is Congress seeking accountability for the war in Afghanistan?

By Atlantic Council

On October 12, Emma Ashford authored an article for Inkstick Media entitled, “Is Congress seeking accountability for the war in Afghanistan?.” Ashford makes the case that the use of hearings on Afghanistan for short-term political objectives comes at the cost of Congress fulfilling its role of providing oversight of national security powers. “Whether it’s failing to ask questions […]

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Sep 28, 2021

Ashford in Politico: “Americans are increasingly skeptical of ambitious, nation-building style intervention overseas”

By Atlantic Council

On September 28, Ashford was quoted in Politico’s National Security Daily newsletter. “Some of the big trends we’ve been seeing in foreign policy opinion are continuing to hold: Americans are increasingly skeptical of ambitious, nation-building style intervention overseas, and would like to see other countries step up in terms of military spending and defense contributions,” […]

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Emma Ashford is a resident senior fellow with the New American Engagement Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, which focuses on challenging the prevailing assumptions governing US foreign policy and seeks to develop effective solutions that preserve America’s security and prosperity. She is also a nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point.

Emma’s work focuses on questions of grand strategy, international security, and the future of US foreign policy. She has expertise in the politics of Russia, Europe, and the Middle East.

Previously, she was a research fellow in defense and foreign policy at the Cato Institute, where she worked on a variety of issues including the US-Saudi relationship, sanctions policy, US policy towards Russia, and US foreign policy and grand strategy more broadly. She founded and co-hosted the Power Problems podcast. Her long-form writing has been featured in publications such as Foreign Affairs, the Texas National Security Review, and Strategic Studies Quarterly, and her opinion writing has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Foreign Policy, Vox, The National Interest, and War on the Rocks, among others.

Ashford writes a bi-weekly column, “It’s Debatable,” for Foreign Policy, and is a regular contributor to Inkstick. She is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and holds a PhD in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.