Emma Sky

Senior Fellow

Emma Sky is a Senior Fellow at Yale University’s Jackson Institute, where she lectures on the New Iraq and Middle East Politics. Previously, she was a Visiting Professor at King’s College, London, War Studies Department, and a Fellow at Oxford, Changing Character of War Programme. She was a Spring 2011 Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

Emma is a British citizen who has worked at senior levels on behalf of the US and UK governments, in Iraq, Afghanistan and Jerusalem, across the fields of development, defense, and diplomacy, and with multi civilian and military agencies. 

Prior to 2003, Emma has over a decade of experience working in Bangladesh, Brazil, Egypt, Jordan, Morocco, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian Territories, and United Arab Emirates. She provided technical assistance on poverty elimination, human rights, justice public administration reform, security sector reform, and conflict resolution. Emma has substantial experience with the British Council in managing international development projects on behalf of the UK Department for International Development, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the World Bank, and the European Commission.

Emma's formal education was at Oxford (UK), Alexandria (Egypt), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Israel) and Liverpool (UK). Emma has traveled widely in Africa, Middle East, South Asia, and Europe.  

Emma has published numerous articles including in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Survival, US Institute of Peace, Center for New American Strategy and the Journal of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies.



Sky teaches courses on Iraq and the international politics of the Middle East. She also teaches a module on the Middle East in Gateway to Global Affairs