Yasmine Farouk

Nonresident Scholar
Middle East Program
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Yasmine Farouk is a nonresident scholar in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.


PhD, Sciences Po Paris, France
MA, Sciences Po Paris, France
BA, Faculty of Economics and Political Science, Cairo University, Egypt 


Arabic; English; French; Spanish


Yasmine Farouk studied political science at Cairo University, Sciences Po Paris and was a Fulbright Fellow at Yale University during her postdoctoral studies. Her previous research and publications cover Egyptian and Saudi foreign policies, international relations in the Arab world, and social participation in policy and constitution making. Prior to joining Carnegie, Yasmine was based in Egypt where she taught political science. She previously worked at the office of the Egyptian prime minister after the 2011 revolution supporting civil society participation in the national dialogue and constitution making processes. From 2016 to 2017, she was the director of research at Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), a think tank and training center affiliated with the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Yasmine was a fellow of the French Ministry of Defense, Stanford University, the American University in Cairo (AUC Forum), and the French ministry of foreign affairs. She was also a consultant for the UNDP working on the Arab Human Development report.

At Carnegie, Yasmine’s research focuses on Saudi Arabia and regional foreign relations.

  • Op-Ed Georgetown Journal of International Affairs May 24, 2021
    Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Policy

    The first priority right now on the Saudi agenda is to end their war in Yemen because of the intensity, the geographical reach, and the nature of the targets that Houthis attack on its territory.

  • The Middle East Strategic Alliance Has a Long Way To Go
    Article February 8, 2019 عربي
    The Middle East Strategic Alliance Has a Long Way To Go

    While the Middle East needs a collective security architecture, the U.S. proposal must be changed if it is actually going to exist—let alone succeed.

  • World September 1, 2020
    Saudi Commander Sacked by King Salman

    Prince Fahd was the general in charge of the Saudi war in Yemen. His firing, plus the removal of his son from a government post, can be seen as the latest move by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to root out corruption and perhaps also disrupt the social patterns of Saudi elites.

  • Voice of America August 19, 2020
    Israel-UAE Peace Deal

    The United Arab Emirates becomes the third Arab state to formally recognize Israel after Egypt and Jordan.

  • World Affairs April 4, 2020
    Saudi Arabia: Mecca Is Empty and Oil Is Cheap

    Now that the global economy is mostly on hold, the demand for oil has dropped dramatically, destroying the market and threatening countries whose economies depend on selling it.

  • Middle East Institute March 16, 2020
    Saudi Arabia’s Political Drama and Oil Price Wars

    Middle East experts discuss recent political and economic drama in Saudi Arabia.

  • Council on Foreign Relations January 28, 2020
    Should the United States Rethink Its Relationship with Saudi Arabia?

    A discussion on U.S. policy toward Saudi Arabia.

  • World Unpacked October 10, 2019
    Mohammad Bin Salman’s Recklessness and Saudi Arabia’s Future

    Mohammad Bin Salman rose to power with the promise of reform and liberalizing Saudi society. The war in Yemen and the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have changed his reputation dramatically.

  • Voice of America January 18, 2019
    U.S.-Saudi Ties

    What is the state of U.S.-Saudi relations in the wake of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s swing through the region and in light of the killing of Saudi-American journalist Jamal Khashoggi?

  • The Gulf States in Search of a Purpose as a Post-Hydrocarbons Era Nears
    December 9, 2021 YouTube @CARNEGIEMENA عربي
    The Gulf States in Search of a Purpose as a Post-Hydrocarbons Era Nears

    Join us on Thursday, December 9 from 17:30-18:30 EET for a public panel discussion with Yasmine Farouk, Jane Kinninmont and Kristian Ulrichsen chaired by Yezid Sayigh.

  • Navigating a Turbulent Future: What to Expect in 2022?
    December 9, 2021 Live on YouTube and Facebook عربي
    Navigating a Turbulent Future? What to Expect in 2022

    The Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center will be holding its fifth annual conference on Wednesday, December 8, and Thursday, December 9, 2021, to delve deeper into what to expect in 2022.

  • Carnegie Connects | Asset, Liability, or Both: The Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations
    March 17, 2021 Live Online
    Carnegie Connects: Asset, Liability, or Both—The Future of U.S.-Saudi Relations

    With the release of the incriminating U.S. intelligence report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Biden has clearly outlined his intention to recalibrate the U.S.-Saudi relationship to ensure it advances U.S. interests and values.

  • Virtual Event: Muslim Religious Authorities Confront COVID-19
    May 18, 2020 Live Online
    Muslim Religious Authorities Confront COVID-19

    COVID-19 creates specific challenges for Muslim religious authorities pertaining to assembly, practice, and policy. With public health measures affecting Muslim worshippers the most during the month of Ramadan, authorities must answer questions from individual citizens and political actors alike.

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