In the NewsJul 4, 2022
Ashford in The National Interest: Ukraine and the return of the multipolar world
By Atlantic Council
On July 4, The National Interest published an article by Emma Ashford about how the war in Ukraine demonstrates the persistence of spheres of influence and signals an ongoing shift to a multipolar world. “A sphere of influence is not a normative concept, nor something a state cedes to another out of courtesy or pity. It is […]
In the NewsJun 27, 2022
Kroenig and Ashford debate Lithuania’s land blockade of Kaliningrad
On June 24, Foreign Policy published its biweekly "It's Debatable" column featuring Scowcroft Center deputy director Matthew Kroenig and NAEI resident senior fellow Emma Ashford. In their latest column, they debate the implications of Lithuania's blockage of Russian overland supply to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad.
In the NewsJun 24, 2022
Ashford on the Chicago Council’s Deep Dish podcast: How different foreign policy approaches assess the war in Ukraine
By Atlantic Council
On June 24, Emma Ashford appeared on the Chicago Council’s Deep Dish podcast as a guest. Alongside James Goldgeier, visiting scholar at Stanford University, Ashford discussed the war in Ukraine and divergent views on it in Washington. “If you look at the responses of most people who are realists or restrainers to this war, they’ve been in many […]
Emma Ashford was a resident senior fellow with the New American Engagement Initiative in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, which focused on challenging the prevailing assumptions governing US foreign policy and sought to develop effective solutions that preserved America’s security and prosperity. She was also a nonresident fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point.
Emma’s work focused on questions of grand strategy, international security, and the future of US foreign policy. She had 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.