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 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.

Learn more about me by checking out my social media:

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

Twitter: @_DinaYazdani


Published Work:


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.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s