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Jasmine El-Gamal is currently a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, where she focuses primarily on Middle East policy, as well as the role of narratives in the radicalization cycle. She is a former Pentagon official with over 15 years of experience in national security and in cross-cultural communications. El-Gamal served as a Middle East policy advisor under four US secretaries of defense, as well as a special assistant for national-security affairs to three undersecretaries of defense. A first-generation American of Egyptian heritage, El-Gamal has worked throughout her career to incorporate intercultural and interfaith understanding and mutual respect in national-security policy. El-Gamal holds an MS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a BS in Marketing from Clarkson University. She is also a graduate of the New York Film Academy and a co-producer of the 2017 short-documentary film, “Unwelcome,” which was an official selection at over 10 international film festivals. El-Gamal is a co-founder of Only Through US (www.onlythroughus.org), a Washington, DC-based non-profit initiative that seeks to counter fear-based policies in the wake of terror attacks.

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French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities By Oussama Romdhani - Dec 2, 2022

At a time when French-Algerian relations were supposed to be on the mend, Algeria’s Central Bank issued, on November 1, new banknotes which bore for the first time inscriptions in English, alongside Arabic. Politicians in Paris were not amused. They saw it as another sign that Algeria was drifting away from France’s zone of influence. … Continue reading “French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities”

The Eight Billionth Question By Afshin Molavi - Nov 28, 2022

The world just passed a quiet milestone, topping 8 billion people on Earth. Embedded in this demographic story is an important developmental one: We are healthier, wealthier, and better educated than at any time in human history. And yet, macro numbers offer little solace to the 800 million people who still lack access to electricity, or the roughly same amount who go … Continue reading “The Eight Billionth Question”

Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound By Suha Ma’ayeh - Nov 27, 2022

After a two-year slowdown, tourism is once again booming in the Middle East. As countries lift their COVID-19 travel restrictions and demand for travel returns, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) projects that the sector’s contribution to regional GDP will grow more than 36 percent in 2022 – to more than $256 billion. While this is undoubtedly great news for countries where tourism accounts … Continue reading “Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound”

Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides By Faisal Al Yafai - Nov 26, 2022

In the murky world of ISIS families, all diplomacy is conducted quietly. On Monday, the Spanish government quietly admitted it would bring back several Spanish wives and children of ISIS fighters, before the end of the year. Newspaper reports placed the number at three women and 13 children – a figure which, while small, represents a significant … Continue reading “Spanish Decision Shows Tide Turning on Repatriating ISIS Brides”