Emma Ashford

Research Fellow

Cato Institute

Emma Ashford is a Research Fellow in defense and foreign policy at the Cato Institute, with expertise in international security and the politics of energy. She is currently writing a book on the politics and foreign policies of petrostates, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Venezuela. Her recent research includes work on the efficacy of U.S. sanctions on Russia, the future of U.S. Middle East policy, U.S.-Saudi relations, and the increasing role of Asian states in the politics and economics of the Persian Gulf. Ashford is the co-host of Power Problems, a biweekly podcast that explores key questions in international security with guests from across the political spectrum. She holds a PhD in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and an MA from American University’s School of International Service.

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