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Emily Kilcrease is Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Economics, and Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. Her research focuses on the U.S.-China economic relationship; alignment of national security objectives and economic policy; and the use of coercive economic statecraft.


Kilcrease previously served as a Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative, overseeing the development, negotiation, and coordination of U.S. foreign investment policy. She served as the senior career staffer leading USTR’s work on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) and coordinated USTR’s policy engagement on related national security and economic tools, including export controls and supply chain risk management. She played a lead role in drafting CFIUS reform regulations, with a focus on transactions involving critical technology and sensitive personal data. She was involved in the negotiation and enforcement of the Phase One Agreement with China, trilateral work with the EU and Japan to counter unfair Chinese trade practices, and the initial negotiations for an FTA with the United Kingdom.


Previously, Kilcrease served on the National Security Council as a Director for International Trade, Investment, and Development. She focused on reforming U.S. development finance authorities and launched the interagency effort that resulted in the BUILD Act, as well as coordinating policy on women’s economic empowerment. Prior to the NSC, she served at the Department of Commerce overseeing the Department’s CFIUS work. She began her government service at the Department of Interior working on trade and environment policy.


Kilcrease received her M.A. in International Relations, with a concentration in International Development and Economics, from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She received her B.A. in Government from Georgetown University

Emily Kilcrease

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