Emma Ashford is a Research Fellow in Defense and Foreign Policy at the Cato Institute, where she works on issues related to grand strategy, U.S.-Middle East policy, and U.S.-Russian relations. She is currently writing a book on the intersection of energy and foreign policy. Her work has been published in scholarly journals such as Strategy Studies Quarterly and the Texas National Security Review, and her opinion pieces have featured in outlets including The New York Times, Vox, and Foreign Policy. Ashford is the co-host of the biweekly podcast Power Problems. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Last Updated: August 19, 2019



What Would a Larger Chinese Presence Mean for the Middle East?

Lindsey Ford, Daniel Kliman & more
China’s steady expansion of its Middle East footprint and influence poses significant questions for U.S. policymakers. The Middle East has long been a battleground for strategic competition between both regional and global powers. Is it poised to...