Yasmeen Sami Alamiri

Yasmeen Sami Alamiri is an Iraqi-American journalist working in Washington DC, covering politics and policy. She has written extensively about foreign policy and the White House, while her work has been published in various outlets worldwide.

Why Brexit and the Success of Trump Should Not Surprise You

Jun 27, 2016

The global economic crisis has greatly contributed to the rise of far-right politics in the West manifesting itself in outcomes such as Brexit and the unprecedented rise of Donald Trump. On June 23, the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) with the full effect of the economic,...

The Politics of Grief After Orlando

Jun 13, 2016

Muslim Americans have been robbed of the ability to grieve because they have been on the defensive in the name of their religion. The buzzing of news alerts of the Orlando massacre woke me up Sunday morning, nearly an hour before I usually wake to have my usual 3 a.m....

“Historic” Vienna Talks Yield Few Results for Syria

Oct 30, 2015

Despite all the key players being at the table, including Iran for the very first time, little progress was made in the eight-hour Vienna meeting. The meeting in Vienna that gathered the United States, Russia and Iran to discuss the fate of the brutal war in Syria has ended without...

Intifada or Not, Tension Rises in the Middle East

Oct 20, 2015

Throughout October, Palestinians and Israelis have seen the most violence since the end of the Second Intifada in 2005. Is a full-blown uprising coming? With Israel and Palestine, there are no guarantees aside from the continuation of conflict. In the past two weeks, the slow simmer of tension has come...

Alan Kurdi’s Death and the Continued Plight of Syria’s Refugees

Sep 05, 2015

Alan Kurdi’s death speaks to the continued horrors stemming from a ravaged Syria. Though the images of death have become numbingly common, the picture of a young Syrian boy washed up on the shore of a Turkish beach is devastating. The juxtaposition of a dead child on one of the...

Close to Combustion: Syrian Conflict Inflames Regional Refugee Crisis

Jun 19, 2013

Syria's neighboring countries are increasingly running out of resources to care for the masses of refugees. As the White House continues to mull over what it means, exactly, to breach the “red line,” Syria seems to be falling apart at the seams. The seams, in many regards, are what the...

Iraq Under Fire: Sectarian Strife Plagues the Country

May 15, 2013

In the midst of growing unrest in the Middle East, Iraq is yet again ablaze, fueled by sectarian strife. Sunni protests, pushing against a Shia leadership, have led international spectators to already call a civil war in the country. Iraq, a country embroiled in sectarian warfare, must now rise above...

Iraqi Youth: The Best Post-War Investment?

Mar 20, 2013

Giving the Iraqi youth a real opportunity through education, may be the best chance for rebuilding Iraq, argues Yasmeen Alamiri. If the world was divided ahead of the war in Iraq, the schism has only grown now that we have reached ten years since the invasion. The end of the...