Emma Sky is the author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq, a book drawing on her more than 15 years of on-site policy experience in the Middle East. She has served as advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces in Iraq (2007-2010), to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan (2006), and to the US Security Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (2005); from 2003-2004 she was Governorate Coordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority, and spent the decade before that in the Palestinian territories developing Palestinian institutions and promoting coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians. Emma has published widely on the issues of security, conflict resolution, poverty, and human rights 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, and elsewhere. She is an Officer of the British Empire, and is currently Director of Yale World Fellows and a Senior Fellow at the Jackson Institute, where she teaches Middle East politics.
In her own words: “I’ve always been bad at following rules. I always want to see where the boundaries lie: if I see a rule, I want to break it.”