ExpertiseDemocracy and Political Participation
International Security, Terrorism
Peace Negotiations and Mediation
Refugees, Migration, IDPs
When Humanitarian Aid Becomes a Bargaining Chip Foreign Policy July 1, 2021
Civil War Has Left Syria In Ruins And Its People In Poverty NPR Mar 18, 2021
Jomana Qaddour (@jomanaqaddour) is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Rafik Hariri Center and Middle East Program where she leads the Atlantic Council’s Syria portfolio. She is a member of the Syrian Women’s Political Movement and the co-founder of Syria Relief & Development, a humanitarian organization that has provided over $92 million worth of aid in Syria and the region. She is also on the Executive Committee of the American Relief Coalition for Syria, an umbrella organization of 10 Syrian American humanitarian organizations.
Until July 2018, she was a Senior Policy Analyst at the US Commission on International Religious Freedom where she covered Syria, Iraq, Egypt, and Turkey. Prior to that, she was a Senior Analyst at Caerus Associates, where she managed the Syria atmospherics project for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives. Jomana also served as a Senior Research Assistant for the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World in the Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on Syria, Egypt, Palestinian politics, and Islamist movements.
Jomana is a 2019 Center for New American Security Next Generation National Security Fellow, a 2019 Truman National Security Fellow, and she served on Hillary Clinton’s Syria Working Group for the 2016 presidential campaign. Jomana received her J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law and her L.L.M. from Georgetown University. She is currently a doctoral student at Georgetown Law, focusing on ethno-sectarian political identities and their impact on constitutional frameworks in Syria, Iraq, and Lebanon.