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Jasmine M El-Gamal

Jasmine El-Gamal is currently a non-resident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, where she focuses primarily on Middle East policy, as well as the role of narratives in the radicalization cycle. She is a former Pentagon official with over 15 years of experience in national security and in cross-cultural communications. El-Gamal served as a Middle East policy advisor under four US secretaries of defense, as well as a special assistant for national-security affairs to three undersecretaries of defense. A first-generation American of Egyptian heritage, El-Gamal has worked throughout her career to incorporate intercultural and interfaith understanding and mutual respect in national-security policy. El-Gamal holds an MS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a BS in Marketing from Clarkson University. She is also a graduate of the New York Film Academy and a co-producer of the 2017 short-documentary film, “Unwelcome,” which was an official selection at over 10 international film festivals. El-Gamal is a co-founder of Only Through US (www.onlythroughus.org), a Washington, DC-based non-profit initiative that seeks to counter fear-based policies in the wake of terror attacks.

Egypt Has an Opportunity to Set a New Norm in Protecting Women in its Population By Jasmine El-Gamal - Oct 29, 2018

A year ago, a tweet by American actress Alyssa Milano helped ignite a global movement where women have raised their voices against sexual harassment and demanded recognition of, and support for, its victims. As the #metoo (“ana kaman”) movement has shifted the national conversation in the United States and helped bring hundreds of sexual harassers … Continue reading “Egypt Has an Opportunity to Set a New Norm in Protecting Women in its Population”

With Macron Comes a New French Role in the Middle East By Jasmine El-Gamal - Apr 26, 2018

On April 23, French President Emmanuel Macron arrived in Washington, DC, for his first official visit to the United States. Macron’s agenda, much like that of Donald Trump himself, is ambitious. It includes, among other things, a plan to solidify a newly invigorated partnership with the United States, based on a personal relationship with the … Continue reading “With Macron Comes a New French Role in the Middle East”

Middle East Leaders are Failing the Syrian People – and the Region By Jasmine El-Gamal - Feb 27, 2018

“[We] no longer have the words to describe children’s suffering and our outrage.” That terse statement from Unicef, the UN children’s organization, following the massacre in Eastern Ghouta by Syrian government forces, said everything about helplessness in the face of unspeakable horror. For what words can possibly do justice to such a tragedy? Yet words … Continue reading “Middle East Leaders are Failing the Syrian People – and the Region”

The Trump Administration Needs a Counter Extremism Strategy for the Middle East By Jasmine El-Gamal - Feb 8, 2018

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump spent months of his campaign decrying the actions of what he labeled “radical Islamic extremists.” He vowed to prioritize the fight against them if he won, and promised to do away with what he saw as an overly soft approach to countering terrorism under the Obama administration. One year … Continue reading “The Trump Administration Needs a Counter Extremism Strategy for the Middle East”