Emma Ashford
2015, NEFP
Visiting Fellow, Defense and Foreign Policy, Cato Institute


Emma Ashford is a visiting research fellow with expertise in international security and the politics of energy. She is an expert on the politics of petrostates, including Russia, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela and Iraq, and has written widely on Russian foreign policy and the politics of the Middle East. Her dissertation research focused on the ways in which oil production and export shape foreign policy and conflict.

Her current research examines the extent to which international sanctions imposed on Russia have been effective, and their impact on U.S. and European businesses. Ashford was formerly a Bankard Predoctoral Fellow at the University of Virginia, and has worked with the Russia-focused Center on Global Interests. Her work has been published by The International New York Times, The LA Times, Foreign Policy, The National Interest, U.S. News and World Report, Newsweek and Al Jazeera America, and she has been a frequent guest ontelevision and radio.

Ashford holds a PhD in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia, and an MA from American University’s School of International Service.


Oil and Foreign Policy, Russian Foreign Policy, Middle East Politics and Foreign Policy, Conflict and Security Studies

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