Afrah Nasser

Journalist and Researcher, Yemen specialist

Country of focus: Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Yemen


Current Occupation: Journalist and Researcher, Yemen specialist
Organization/Institution: Sana'a Review
Language: Arabic, English, Amharic, Swedish


The Human Cost of Yemen’s Health Care Collapse DAWN May 23, 2024

Divergent Saudi-Emirati Agendas Cripple Yemen’s Presidential Leadership Council Arab Centre Washington DC May 15, 2024

Instead of Houthi Designation, the United States Should Embrace a Comprehensive Approach Arab Center Washington DC Feb 28, 2024

The U.S. Is Repeating Its Own Mistakes in Yemen DAWN Jan 19, 2024

What the designation of ‘terrorist’ means for Yemen’s Houthis Al Jazeera Jan 18, 2024

Biden ‘playing with fire’ by re-designating Yemen’s Houthis as ‘terrorists’ Al Jazeera Jan 17, 2024

Yemen’s War Economy: A Key Factor in the Ongoing Conflict Arab Center Washington Sep 20, 2023

Crackdown on Press Freedom in Yemen Threatens Peace-Building Efforts The Yemen Review Jun 22, 2023

The Thorny Relationship between Yemen’s Government and the Southern Transitional Council Arab Center Washington DC May 3, 2023

Could talks in Yemen bring a breakthrough to end years of war?  Inside Story Al Jazeera Apr 10, 2023

Is there any hope of an end to Yemen’s war? Al Jazeera The Stream Mar 28, 2023

Oman’s Interests and Role in the Conflict in Yemen Arab Center Washington DC Mar 14, 2023

Child Soldiers in Yemen: Cannon Fodder for an Unnecessary War Arab Center Washington DC Feb 2, 2023

‘Republic of fear’: A return to Yemen after 11 years Al Jazeera Dec 18, 2022

Yemen in Limbo: No War, Yet Still No Peace Arab Centre Washington Dec 15, 2022

Afrah Nassar: “Believe that you are worth listening to.” Nobel Women’s Initiative Nov 25, 2022

Yemen: No Woman Will Travel Alone Daraj Nov 21, 2022

The Flaws and Failures of International Humanitarian Aid to Yemen Arab Centre Washington Oct 20, 2022

Yemen ceasefire deadline The World Sep 20, 2022

Yemen’s Prospects for Unity Are Uncertain after Many Years of War Arab Centre Washington Jul 28, 2022

Afrah Nasser (@Afrahnasser) is an independent Yemeni journalist, researcher, and human rights activist. She lives between Yemen and Sweden.

She joined the Arab Center Washington DC (@ArabCenterWDC) as a non-resident fellow in December, 2022. She is a former Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Afrah is a former reporter at the UN Security Council in New York, the editor-in-chief of Sana’a Review online magazine, and a journalist at the Yemen Observer newspaper in Sana’a. She was the recipient of the Committee to Protect Journalists’ International Press Freedom Award and many other honours. Her blog was named in CNN’s 10 must-reads from the Middle East and by Al-Monitor among the top in the Middle East.  BBC named Afrah in 100 Women Who Changed the World.  She has been featured three times as one of the 100 most influential Arabs by Arabian Business Magazine.

As a journalist since 2008, her work has appeared in Al Jazeera English, CNN, and Middle East Eye, among many other publications. Afrah has appeared as a commentator on Al Jazeera, BBC, NPR and many more. She has participated in panel discussions with author Nawal El-Saadawi, US Senator Chris Murphy, and other prominent personalities. She has moderated panels, and workshops and conducted interviews at numerous live events.

Afrah authored a chapter in the Swedish anthology of essays, Everyday Racism, a chapter in the book Now That We Have Tasted Hope: Voices from the Arab Spring, and a chapter in the book  (يحدث في الطريق) Happening on the Street.

Afrah received her undergraduate degree in English Linguistics from Sana’a University and a master’s degree in Communication from Gothenburg University.