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Emma Sky

SkyEmma Sky is a Visiting Professor at the War Studies Department, King’s College London, and a Fellow at Oxford, Changing Nature of War Programme. She was a Spring 2011 Fellow at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.




Areas of Expertise

  • Iraq
  • Middle East Politics
  • Post 9/11 interventions
  • Counter-insurgency

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:

  • Political Advisor to the Commanding General of US Forces Iraq (US General Odierno) in Baghdad, Sept 2008 – Sept 2010
  • Special Advisor on Reconciliation to the Commanding General of Multi-National Forces Iraq (US General Petraeus) in Baghdad, May/June 2008;
  • Special Advisor to the Commanding General of Multi-National Corps Iraq (US Lieutenant-General Odierno) in Baghdad, 2007;
  • Development Advisor to the Commander of NATO’s International Security Assistance Force (Italian Lieutenant-General Del Veccio and UK Lieutenant-General David Richards) in Kabul, 2006.
  • Political Advisor to the US Security Co-ordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (US Lieutenant-General Kip Ward) in Jerusalem, 2005.
  • Governorate Co-ordinator of Kirkuk for the Coalition Provisional Authority, 2003/2004


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. She speaks Arabic, Hebrew and French.

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

Emma was made a Member of the British Empire in 2003 and an Officer of the British Empire in 2008.

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