Emma Sky is the director of Yale World Fellows and the author of The Unraveling: High Hopes and Missed Opportunities in Iraq. She served in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 as the governorate coordinator of Kirkuk, and from 2007 to 2010 as political adviser to General Raymond T. Odierno, the commanding general of US Forces in Iraq.


When ISIS finally was defeated in Ramadi, there was almost nothing left of the city. The support of the people will be harder to rebuild than the houses and offices.

Second Chances

Yes, says the British adviser to the former top U.S. general. But not with the current incomplete and self-defeating ‘strategy.’