Posted by Hannah Locop on June 19, 2016 in Blog

MYacoubian1.jpegMona Yacoubian is one of Washington’s most knowledgeable foreign policy experts. You've probably heard her analysis on C-SPAN or PBS NewsHour, or read her numerous articles in Foreign Affairs, The New York Times, and Foreign Policy magazine. A Fulbright Scholar and member of the Council on Foreign Relations Yacoubian is currently  Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Middle East at the U.S.Agency for International Development (USAID).

With a Master’s Degree in public administration from Harvard University and a Bachelor’s Degree in public policy from Duke University, Yacoubian began her career in public service at the U.S. Department of State. She worked as an analyst on North Africa in the 1990s before moving to the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she was a special advisor and senior program officer on the Middle East. Her work there focused on democratization in the Arab World.

In 2011, Yacoubian became senior advisor for the Stimson Center’s Middle East program and director of Pathways to Progress: Peace, Prosperity and Change in the Middle East, a program that explored the political dynamics of the Arab Spring. Her research has touched on issues ranging from the Syrian Civil War to the Lebanese government and the War on Terror. In her current role at USAID, Yacoubian oversees the department’s operations in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq.

Through her work, Yacoubian has advised a wide range of high ranking officials, from the Secretary of State to members of Congress. As an Arab American, she joins a long line of individuals who have contributed positively to U.S. political life, including Senator George J. Mitchell, Charles “Chuck” Abdelnour, and Rosemary Barkett. Their respective accomplishments illustrate the opportunities available to Arab Americans in public service. 

Photo courtesy: Mohammad Maghayda for USAID

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