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 Shia Iranian Father, and remember a time not long ago when these sectarian divides were not as deep as they are today. I aspire to play a role in helping confront the roots of sectarianism, and by extension promoting sustainable peace in the region.
Before my current job working in programming for an international NGO for the Middle East, I worked as a research intern for the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy and at Human Rights Watch’s Middle East and North Africa Division in Washington, DC. I received my Master’s degree in Conflict Resolution in Divided Societies from King’s College London’s Middle Eastern Studies department, and my Bachelors in International Affairs from Lewis & Clark College. I’m originally from Portland, Oregon but have spent time abroad in Iran, Lebanon and Jordan.
My main area of expertise and interest lies in conflict resolution primarily among sectarian-divided societies in the Middle East, although I have covered broader topics on human rights, particularly “the refugee crisis”. Outside of my day-job at an NGO, I work as a freelance journalist and Middle East analysis. My work has appeared on Middle East Eye, Gulf State Analytics, Your Fair Observer among other media outlets.
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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