Emma Ashford

Emma Ashford is a research fellow at the Cato Institute with expertise in international security and the politics of energy. Her research focuses on the politics and foreign policies of petrostates, particularly in Russia and various Middle Eastern countries.

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

featuring Emma Ashford, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Jan 12, 2018

Emma Ashford gives us a primer on Saudi Arabia, the oil-rich Middle Eastern nation that is one of the last remaining absolute monarchies in the world.

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Is the Iran Deal a Good Deal?

featuring Trevor Burrus, Emma Ashford, and John Glaser on Oct 13, 2017

John Glaser and Emma Ashford join us this week to discuss the “Iran nuclear deal.” What is this deal—what did the US and Iran agree to?

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How Much Should We Worry About ISIS?

featuring Emma Ashford, Aaron Ross Powell, and Trevor Burrus on Apr 14, 2017

Emma Ashford joins us this week to discuss the rise of the Islamic State. How is ISIS different from Al Qaeda and other terror groups? Does it pose an existential threat to the Western world?