Ashley L. Rhoades

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Defense Analyst; Special Projects Coordinator, Center for Middle East Public Policy
Washington Office

Education

M.A. in security studies, Georgetown University; B.A. in political science, Stanford University; Exchange Program in international security, University of Oxford

Media Resources

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Overview

Ashley Rhoades is a defense analyst at the RAND Corporation and serves as the special projects coordinator for RAND's Center for Middle East Public Policy (CMEPP). Her research interests include terrorism and counterterrorism (with an emphasis on al Qaeda and the Islamic State), European security, strategic competition, and deterrence.

Rhoades spent two terms of her undergraduate studies at the University of Oxford, where she completed extensive research and coursework on a range of international security issues. Her undergraduate honors thesis analyzes the role of U.S. incentives in constructing the Coalition of the Willing in Iraq. Her Master's thesis explores the relationship between returning foreign fighters and terrorism in Western Europe. While pursuing her Master's degree, Rhoades completed an internship at the National Defense University with the chief of staff of the Army's Operation Iraqi Freedom Study Group.

Rhoades honed her public speaking, policy analysis, and editorial skills during her tenures as president of the Society for International Affairs at Stanford, director of the Stanford Model United Nations program, and editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Security Studies Review. Her prior professional roles include working as a research assistant at Stanford focusing on the Arab-Israeli conflict, as a paralegal for a firm in D.C., and as the director of the North American circuit for a United Nations-affiliated start-up.

Rhoades received her M.A. in security studies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. She holds a B.A. with honors in political science and a minor in art history from Stanford University.

Honors & Awards

  • Departmental Honors, Department of Political Science, Stanford University
  • 2019 Silver Medal Award for Mission & Impact, RAND Corporation
  • Spotlight Award, RAND Army Research Division (Arroyo)

Commentary

  • China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif exchange documents during the signing ceremony of a 25-year cooperation agreement, in Tehran, Iran March 27, 2021, photo by Majid Asgaripour/WANA via Reuters

    China Does Not Have to Be America's Enemy in the Middle East

    China and Iran made a deal in which China promised to boost its investment in Iranian infrastructure in exchange for a steady supply of oil. This uptick in Chinese influence does not necessarily erode U.S. power in the region. The United States may even find overlapping interests with China since both have a stake in containing conflicts and instability.

    Apr 19, 2021 War on the Rocks

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