Emily Yoder

Policy Analyst
Pittsburgh Office


M.A. in international affairs, George Washington University; B.A. in political science, University of Pittsburgh


Emily Yoder (she/her) is a Policy Analyst at RAND. Her research interests include U.S. security policy in the Indo-Pacific, force posture, variables of great power competition, wargaming, and economic analysis. Prior to joining RAND, Yoder completed her Masters of Arts in International Affairs from the George Washington University with concentrations in international economic affairs and Asia. Additionally, Yoder interned with the U.S. Mission to the OECD in Paris, France, where she researched U.S. interests in upcoming OECD policies, and the Global Business Alliance, where she conducted research on economic effects of inbound foreign direct investment to the U.S. at the state level. In her undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh, Yoder completed a double major in political science and economics with a French language minor. She has an advanced proficiency in French and has written translation experience.  


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    Understanding Influence in the Strategic Competition with China

    This report examines China's ability to use various mechanisms of influence to shape the policies and behavior of 20 countries, as well as the lessons that these examples offer for the United States' strategic competition with China.

    Jun 30, 2021