Nadwa Al-Dawsari is a non-resident fellow at the Middle East Institute. Before joining the institute, she was the Yemen Country Director for Center for Civilians in Conflict, a Senior Non-resident Fellow at the Project on Middle East Democracy, and a founding Director of Partners Yemen, a local affiliate center of Partners Global.  Earlier in her career, she worked as a senior program manager at the National Democratic Institute in Yemen, managing elections monitoring and tribal conflicts programs. 

Nadwa has over 20 years of field experience in Yemen. She conducted extensive research in Yemen, providing deeper insights into the internal dynamics of the conflict in the country. Her publications have been featured by the Middle East Institute, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), the Atlantic Council, Lawfare, Project on Middle East Democracy (POMED), the Washington Post, and the Center for Civilians in Conflict, among others. 

Al-Dawsari holds an MA in Development Studies from the University of Leeds, and a BA in English literature from Sana’a University in Yemen

Countries/Regions of Expertise: 
Yemen, the Gulf 

Issues of Expertise
Yemen’s tribal system, peacebuilding, conflict analysis, informal justice and security, non-state actors, and U.S Middle East policy

Arabic, English 

Contact Information

Please contact MEI’s communications officer, Elliott Sanders, at or 202-785-1141 ext. 2503 for assistance contacting this expert.

Twitter Handle: @ndawsari