Olivia Enos

Olivia Enos

Former Senior Policy Analyst, Asian Studies Center

Olivia specialized in human rights and national security challenges in Asia.

This expert is no longer a staff member at The Heritage Foundation.

Olivia Enos was a senior policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation. She focused on human rights and national security challenges in Asia. Her research spans a wide range of subjects, including democracy and governance challenges, human trafficking and human smuggling, religious freedom, refugee issues, and other social challenges in the region.

Enos, who joined Heritage in 2013, has published numerous papers on human rights in North Korea and China, threats to democracy in Southeast Asia, human trafficking in Asia, and reforming the U.S. refugee program, among other subjects.

Enos has a bi-monthly column in Forbes where she writes on the intersection between human rights challenges and national security concerns.

Enos traveled to Singapore and Hanoi for the summits with North Korea. Her commentary has been featured on CNN, the BBC, and Fox News, among other news outlets. She has also been quoted in the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and the Atlantic, among other publications. 

Enos has published op-eds widely, including for The Washington Post, USA Today, and The Hill, in addition to other outlets. She has also written for scholarly publications, including Georgetown Journal of International Affairs and Providence: A Journal of Christianity and Foreign Policy. 

In addition to her writing, Enos testified before the Asia subcommittee in the U.S. House of Representatives. She has also briefed members of the executive branch at the State Department and the National Security Council, as well as members of Congress and their staff, on various issues in Asia.

In 2014, she cofounded the Council on Asian Affairs, a group for young Asia policy professionals in Washington, D.C.

Enos received a bachelor’s degree in government from Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va., and received a master of arts degree in Asian studies at the Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

She and her husband Zach currently reside on Capitol Hill.