About Me


My name is Dina Yazdani, and I want to see an end to sectarianism that has plagued the Middle East. I was raised by a Sunni Malaysian Mother and a Shi’ite Iranian Father, and remember a time not long ago when these sectarian divides were not as deep as they are today.

I recently graduated from Lewis & Clark College with a Bachelor’s in International Affairs, and will be attending King’s College in London for a Master’s in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies this coming Fall. Ultimately, I aspire to be a reporter based out of the Middle East and help raise awareness about the root causes of conflict.

My main area of interest is conflict resolution in divided societies. I wrote my thesis on Lebanon’s power-sharing system, and continue to explore possible pathways for peace. I spent this past Summer studying conflict resolution in Europe and the Middle East with a focus on the Northern Ireland conflict, and the previous Summer visiting relatives in Iran, and studying Arabic at the American University of Beirut.  As much as I love to read and research about the Middle East, my experiences living and traveling there are absolutely irreplaceable. I look forward to returning to the region in the near future.

Learn more about me by checking out my social media:

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dinayazdani

Twitter: @_DinaYazdani

Published Works:

The Reform Movement is not Dead

A Conversation on Child Marriage with Amnesty International 

EU’s Discriminatory Border Policy Alienates Economic Refugees

Saudi Arabia in Desperate Attempt to Reclaim Regional Hegemony

US Visa Waiver Reform is Illogical, Unfair and Harmful

Shia Lebanese have been Dehumanized and Forgotten

Renewed Vienna Talks Offer Hope for Syria

Yemen Faces a Catastrophe as Violence Intensifies

A plea to end western sanctions on Iranian Airlines

The US failed in Iraq. Now it has a second chance with Iran. 

Want to Defeat Terrorism? Here’s the Only Way How.

The Alawite Question

What Morsi’s Overthrow Means for the Palestinians

Are New Middle East Peace Talks the Usual Pipe Dream? 

Democratizing Iran: Khatami’s Grand Strategy 

OneVoice Occidental’s president reflects on “Two States 2013” campaign

Tawakkul Karman Brings the Arab Spring to Yemen

Our Constitutional Rights Going out the Window Again?

Muslim Immigrants in post-9/11 America



The PioLog, 2015, The LC Community Rallies for a Middle East Studies Minor

Islamic Horizons Magazine, 2012 Teaching Activism

The Oregonian, 2012 Teacher’s Union and PPS: Don’t argue, just fix it.

OneVoice Movement Blog, 2012 OneVoice’s Occidental College chapter host’s justice week

Oxy Weekly, 2012 Muslim Student Association holds vigil for Syrian victims

The Gulf Times, 2011 Doha lessons for youth leaders

Public Broadcasting Service, 2011 Youth Remember 9/11

New York Times, 2010 Small Fund-Raisers for Victims Start to Add Up

The Oregonian, 2010 Portland ‘priority zone’ would give seven schools special treatment

The Portland Tribune, 2010 Teachers feel left out of redesign process




4 responses to “About Me

  1. Things are, I think, much more complicated then they seem. Every idea of resolving conflict of whether in between Palestine and Israel or Pakistan and India on Kashmir, has proved itself absurd and useless for decades and i think all that the present world need is “inventing” a new idea that can result in Global Peace and Harmony; something synonymous to Henry Dunant or Frederic Passy.
    You have a ‘nice’ perspective towards whatever you feel and experience. I believe that your wise brain is able to come-up with an affordable solution that can consequently resolve ‘In-between’ conflict of Palestine and Israel.

  2. You have a ‘nice’ perspective towards whatever you feel and experience. I believe that your wise brain is able to come-up with an affordable solution that can consequently resolve ‘In-between’ conflict of Palestine and Israel.

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