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.
Spot analysis from Carnegie scholars on events relating to the Middle East and North Africa.
As pushback increases against the Algerian protests, the United States has chosen to remain silent.
Tunisia and Morocco have been wondering how protests against the Algerian ruling class will affect them.
A recent cabinet reshuffle in Tunisia may well have momentarily saved Prime Minister Youssef Chahed’s position.
In cutting funding to people-to-people programs for Palestinians, Washington is doing much harm.
A recently released report provokes new rifts between the country’s secular and religious forces.
Tunisia’s local elections reflected public discontent, but were also an accomplishment.
In Sidi Bouzid and Siliana, Tunisians hope that upcoming municipal elections will inject new life into a marginalized periphery.
In an interview, Ennahda’s Oussama Sghaier talks about Tunisia’s democracy and the government’s credibility problem.
If the Trump administration stops funding UNRWA, the humanitarian consequences will be dramatic.