Yasmina Abouzzohour

Nonresident Fellow


Yasmina Abouzzohour is a nonresident fellow at the Middle East Council on Global Affairs and a fellow and lecturer at Princeton University. Prior, she served as a postdoctoral research fellow at Harvard University’s Middle East Initiative.

A political scientist specializing in authoritarian persistence and transition in the Middle East and North Africa, Abouzzohour is completing a book on Arab monarchical survival. Her other projects explore public trust in the military and shifts in regime behavior in the context of the global energy transition. Her research received awards from the American Political Science Association, the American Institute for Maghrib Studies, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, among others.

Abouzzohour has published in academic journals and platforms such as the Middle East Journal, the Journal of North African Studies, and the Project on Middle East Political Science. She has contributed to edited volumes, including “The Gulf Cooperation Council at Forty: Risk & Opportunity in a Changing World” (Brookings Press, 2022) and “Foreign Policy in North Africa: Navigating Global, Regional and Domestic Transformations” (Routledge, 2020). Her articles have been published by the Brookings Institution and World Politics Review and she is featured in various outlets such as BBC World, Washington Post, L’Orient-Le Jour, and Financial Times.

Abouzzohour is also a senior nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council and the Moroccan Institute for Policy Analysis and was previously a visiting fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Research Areas

  • Authoritarian regimes
  • Arab monarchies
  • Political transitions
  • Geopolitics of energy

Countries of Focus

  • North Africa
  • Gulf (GCC)

Other Areas of Interest

  • Comparative politics
  • Economic and political strategies
  • Opposition and social movements
  • Public Opinion


  • Ph.D., Politics, University of Oxford, 2019
  • Hons. B.A., Political Science, Columbia University, 2014
  • Hons. B.A., French and Romance Philology, Columbia University, 2014