Sarah Yerkes

Fellow
Middle East Program

Sarah Yerkes is a fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on Tunisia’s political, economic, and security developments as well as state-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa.

Sarah Yerkes is a fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program, where her research focuses on Tunisia’s political, economic, and security developments as well as state-society relations in the Middle East and North Africa.  She has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a Council on Foreign Relations international affairs fellow and has taught in the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University and at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University.

Yerkes is a former member of the State Department’s policy planning staff, where she focused on North Africa. Previously, she was a foreign affairs officer in the State’s Department’s Office of Israel and Palestinian affairs. Yerkes also served as a geopolitical research analyst for the U.S. military’s Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate (J5) at the Pentagon, advising the Joint Staff leadership on foreign policy and national security issues.

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  • A Fragile Transition
    • May 16, 2018

    A Fragile Transition

    Tunisia’s local elections reflected public discontent, but were also an accomplishment.

  • Photo Essay: Journey to the Interior
    • April 10, 2018

    Photo Essay: Journey to the Interior

    In Sidi Bouzid and Siliana, Tunisians hope that upcoming municipal elections will inject new life into a marginalized periphery.

  • Battling High Expectations
    • March 20, 2018

    Battling High Expectations

    In an interview, Ennahda’s Oussama Sghaier talks about Tunisia’s democracy and the government’s credibility problem.

  • The Sharpest Cut
    • January 12, 2018

    The Sharpest Cut

    If the Trump administration stops funding UNRWA, the humanitarian consequences will be dramatic.

  • An Underexploited Opportunity
    • December 20, 2017

    An Underexploited Opportunity

    Tunisia was a pioneer in digital currency, but the political will to advance further in the field has diminished.

  • The Corruption Contagion
    • October 25, 2017

    The Corruption Contagion

    For Tunisia’s transition to remain on track, the country must address illicit enrichment more effectively.

  • Keeping Tunisia Relevant
    • July 17, 2017

    Keeping Tunisia Relevant

    In an interview, Prime Minister Youssef Chahed discusses his recent Washington visit.

  • Corruption at the Heart
    • June 23, 2017

    Corruption at the Heart

    A report card on a recent trip to Tunisia, where fears of a new uprising are palpable.

  • Too Great Expectations?
    • April 24, 2017

    Too Great Expectations?

    The successful outcome of Tunisia’s municipal elections next December is not guaranteed.

Education

Ph.D. Georgetown University
M.A.  Harvard University
B.A.  Emory University

Languages
  • Arabic
  • English
  • French
  • Hebrew
  • Spanish
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