Emma Ashford, Bloomberg

Emma Ashford


Washington, DC, United States

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  • Unknown
  • Bloomberg
  • Foreign Policy
  • The New York Times
  • War On The Rocks
  • Cato Institute
  • The New Republic
  • The Hill

Past articles by Emma:

Biden’s Reversal on Gulf States Is the Wrong Kind of Realpolitik

In a futile attempt to lower gas prices, the president risks entangling the US further in a region it should be trying to exit. Reviving the Iran nuclear deal would be smarter. → Read More

The Problem With Being a Petrostate

Is the “oil weapon” largely nonexistent? → Read More

NATO Should Think Twice Before Accepting Finland and Sweden

Neither nation is in fear of a Russian invasion, and they may just free-ride off US security like other Europeans. → Read More

It’s Official: The Post-Cold War Era Is Over

Russian troops are attacking Ukraine. For so long, U.S. policymakers have grappled with how to prevent such a moment. Now, they must answer a different question. → Read More

U.S.-China Great-Power Competition Is a Recipe for Disaster

The latest poorly defined buzzword in Washington is leading pundits and policymakers down a dangerous path. → Read More

Contending With McMaster

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from "Book Review Roundtable: Surveying H.R. McMaster’s 'Battlegrounds'" from our sister publication, the Texas National → Read More

Will the World Take the United States Seriously After the Capitol Invasion?

After a pro-Trump mob stormed Congress, Americans might have a harder time accomplishing their diplomatic goals from Europe to China. → Read More

The Lame Duck Is Lashing Out. Will Trump Try to Bomb Iran Before Biden Takes the Helm?

This is a lame-duck presidency unlike any other and the potential for surprises—and conflict—are high. → Read More

Biden Wants to Return to a ‘Normal’ Foreign Policy. That’s the Problem.

America can’t go back to being everywhere and solving every problem. → Read More

Is Belarus Putin’s Next Target?

As protests rock another post‐​Soviet state, the Kremlin could be in an annexationist mood. → Read More

Are the United States and China Starting a New Cold War?

The clash between Washington and Beijing could be the start of a new ideological confrontation—or the inevitable fallout from a power transition. → Read More

America's Foreign Policy Consensus: Blob's Your Uncle?

The Cato Institute's Emma Ashford joins Melanie and Zack to discuss her recent article on how to "Build a Better Blob." They debate whether the foreign → Read More

Are Good Allies Hard to Find?

Well, are they? Mira Rapp-Hooper, Paul Miller, and Emma Ashford dazzle us with a wide-ranging debate on America's alliances, in part through the lens of → Read More

Is the U.S. Government Back in the Business of Regime Change?

What does a botched coup in Venezuela mean for Trump, is Putin’s coronavirus response a failure, and is there any hope for Iraq? → Read More

Updated Call for Proposals: Junior Scholars Symposium

In light of the coronavirus, we are extending the deadline for our third annual Junior Scholars Symposium, a paper workshop for graduate students on topics broadly related to international security and national security policy. → Read More

Foreign Policy is Much More Than a Liberal vs. Conservative Brawl

Colin Dueck, Age of Iron: On Conservative Nationalism (Oxford University Press, 2019) Nationalism – like power, empire, or hegemony – is one of → Read More

Call for Proposals: Junior Scholars Symposium

In October 2020, the Cato Institute will be hosting our third annual Junior Scholars Symposium, a paper workshop for graduate students on topics broadly related to international security and national security policy. → Read More

The Gentleman from Nebraska Misfires on America’s Foreign Policy Debate

Sen. Ben Sasse’s recent essay in the Texas National Security Review was met with some withering criticism on Twitter. Much of it depicted the article as → Read More

An Empire, If You Can Find It? American Hegemony and Imperial Control

Daniel Immerwahr, How to Hide an Empire (Farrar, Strous, and Giroux, 2019). The concluding words of Daniel Immerwahr’s new book should leave no one → Read More

WOTR Podcast: Fresh Voices on Grand Strategy

It's time to rejuvenate America's national debate on grand strategy. And that's just what we try to do in this latest episode, which was recorded at → Read More