Farea Al-Muslimi

Research Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme

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Farea Al-Muslimi is a research fellow at Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa Programme. His research focuses on Yemen and the wider Gulf region.

Prior to joining Chatham House, he was a non-resident fellow at Carnegie Middle East Center and the Middle East Institute in Washington, also working at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Beyond Reforms and Development, and Resonate! Yemen. He co-founded the Sana’a Center for Strategic Studies in 2014, serving as its first chairperson until 2022, and growing the organization into Yemen’s premier think-tank. 

Al-Muslimi is a regular commentator on regional affairs in international and regional media outlets. His writings and analysis on Yemen and the wider region have been published in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The New York Times, The Independent, The Guardian, McClatchy, The National, Al-Hayyat, Assafir, Al-Monitor, Die Zeit, Liberations, Daraj, Bidayat, Just Security, The New Lines Magazine and many other publications.

In August 2016, the UN General Secretary appointed Al-Muslimi to the Advisory Group of Experts for Progress Study on Youth, Peace and Security, a study mandated by Security Council resolution 2250 to examine the positive contribution of youth to peace processes and conflict resolution globally.

In 2013, Foreign Policy named Al-Muslimi in its list of ‘Top 100 Global Thinkers’ after his testimony at the US Senate about the human costs of US drone strikes in Yemen, and in 2014 The Guardian named Al-Muslimi in its ‘Top 30 under 30’ list of young leaders in global digital media.

He is a recipient of various undergraduate and graduate scholarships, prizes, and awards including, but not limited to, The Acces English scholarship, Youth and Exchange Study Program, and Tomorrow’s Leaders Scholarship Program. He was also a graduate assistant at the American University of Beirut.

Past experience

2014-22 Co-founder and Chairperson, Sana’s Center for Strategic Studies
2016-17 Non-resident scholar, Middle East Institute 
2014-16 Non-resident scholar, Carnegie Middle East

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