Cornell Overfield
Associate Research Analyst


Cornell Overfield is an expert in transatlantic relations and international relations theory. His recent research topics include great power competition and the law of the sea. Prior to joining CNA, Overfield interned at CNA and the Foreign Policy Research Institute, and he consulted on foreign policy for the America in One Room project. Overfield has an MA in European and Russian studies from Yale and a BA in history and international relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He speaks German.


September 25, 2020

Cornell Overfield writes, "With a history of cooperation, the U.S. and Canada must put the long-standing dispute over Canada's Arctic waters claims to rest. The Kiwi Roa's transit offers a chance for the pair to stand united and confront the Arctic's looming geopolitical, economic and environmental challenges."

Lawfare: "Could a Kiwi Sailor's Northwest Passage Transit Break the Legal Ice Between Canada and the U.S.?"

July 22, 2020

Cornell Overfield writes, "The challenges of overlapping shelf and water column rights is not an issue of rule of law versus governance, but rather one of rule of law versus rule of habit."

CIMSEC: "Reflecting the Law of the Sea: In Defense of the Bay of Bengal's Grey Area"