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Emma Sky

speaker location icon Yale, Connecticut

Director, Greenberg World Fellows Program

Former advisor to commanding Generals in Iraq and Afghanistan

Author of "The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq"

Emma Sky is director of Yale’s Maurice R. Greenberg World Fellows Program and a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics.

She is the author of “The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq”. Sky served as advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq from 2007-2010; as advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan in 2006; as advisor to the US Security Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in 2005; and as Governorate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003-2004.

Prior to that, Sky worked in the Palestinian territories for a decade, managing projects to develop Palestinian institutions; and to promote co-existence between Israelis and Palestinians. In addition, Emma has provided technical assistance on poverty elimination, human rights, justice, public administration reform, security sector reform, and conflict resolution in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa. Sky has published numerous articles including in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, Atlantic, Slate, Survival, Center for a New American Security, US Institute of Peace, the Guardian, and the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies. Sky was educated at Oxford (UK), Alexandria (Egypt), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and Liverpool (UK). Sky is an Officer of the British Empire.

Emma’s next book, “In a Time of Monsters” will be published by Atlantic Books in February 2019. It is about the ties that bind the Middle East to the West and how blowback from our interventions in the region contributed to the British vote to leave the European Union and to the election of Donald Trump in America.

Our Comment

"Emma is a leading authority on Middle East Politics and Security Affairs, with specific emphasis on the recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as the Palestinian Territories. Her senior advisory roles, including to the NATO commanding General in Afghanistan and the US commanding General in Iraq, mean she is well placed to offer penetrating insights into the recent conflicts and their fall out."

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