21st Karlsruhe Dialogues - Speakers

Interventional Politics: Mistakes Made, Lessons Learned?


Emma Sky, OBE


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Emma Sky is Director of Yale World Fellows and a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics. She studied at Oxford University, Alexandria University, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and University of Liverpool. 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 Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process in 2005; and as Governorate Coordinator of Kirkuk, Iraq, 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, she has provided technical assistance on poverty elimination, human rights, justice and public administration reform, security sector reform, and conflict resolution in the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. She is an Officer of the British Empire.

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. She is the author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq (2015).