Yasmine Farouk, Ph.D., is a nonresident fellow with the Baker Institute Edward P. Djerejian Center for the Middle East. She has over 15 years of experience as a researcher and practitioner of international relations and governance in the Middle East.
From 2018 to 2022, she was a visiting scholar in the Middle East program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington, D.C. Her analysis and publications covered the domestic and foreign policies of Saudi Arabia, Egypt and regional security in the Gulf. From 2016 to 2017, she was the research director at the Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution, Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding (CCCPA), a think tank and training center of the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs. There she was responsible for overhauling the research infrastructure, training research staff, and reconceptualizing the training program on preventing radicalization and extremism leading to terrorism in Somalia and Nigeria.
From 2014 to 2015, Farouk was a Fulbright fellow at Yale University where she authored a paper on non-state actors’ participation in the foreign policies of Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Syria. From 2012 to 2013, she headed the Civil Society Unit at the Social Contract Center (SCC), an official think tank of the cabinet of Egypt’s Prime Minister. From 2011 to 2012, she worked at the cabinet of Egypt’s Prime Minister as the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) focal point for Egypt’s national dialogue. During this time, she was also a research assistant to the lead author of UNDP’s Arab Human Development Report.
Farouk publishes in English, Arabic and French. Her recent publications include a book chapter on Middle Eastern States strategies to manage great power competition (in French) and “Joe Biden has a Saudi Problem” in The New York Times.
Farouk is currently on leave as associate professor of international relations and political science at the Faculty of Economics and Political Science of Cairo University. She holds a Ph.D. and master’s degree in international relations from Sciences Po Paris and a bachelor’s degree from Cairo University.
Contact her at Yasmine.Farouk@ceip.org.
'We Have no Place': LGBTQ Saudis Forced Into Exile
"Despite the radical social reforms and the electric shock approach (Prince Mohammed) has to soften the social norms in Saudi society," anything related to LGBTQ rights is considered "very sensitive," nonresident fellow Yasmine Farouk said of the exile LGBTQ Saudis are currently facing.
Mideast Challenges Mount for U.S. as its Forces Come Under Renewed Fire
China and Russia are continuing to make gains in the Middle East, highlighting the need for a shift in U.S. Foreign Policy. “America is definitely losing the ability to exclusively shape the direction in the region,” fellow Yasmine Farouk tells the Wall Street Journal.
From ‘Hitler’ to ‘Sharing One Fate’: Saudi-Iran Pact Could Transform the Middle East
“It’s not like Saudi Arabia isn’t fully conscious that even a Chinese guarantee has its limits,” said fellow Yasmine Farouk of China's involvement in the Saudi-Iran pact. “The Saudis have learned, over the past few years, very hard lessons, one of those being we have to continue in the diversification of our relationships.”
- "After the Dust Settles: What Does the Saudi-Iran Deal Mean for the Middle East?," ECFR on Air, May 22, 2023.
- "Riyadh’s Motivations Behind the Saudi-Iran Deal," Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, March 30, 2023.