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Sama'a Al-Hamdani is an independent researcher and analyst focusing on Yemen. She is currently a Visiting fellow at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies (CCAS) at Georgetown University. She is also the director of the Yemen Cultural Institute for Heritage and the Arts (YCIHA), a nonprofit based in Washington DC dedicated to Yemeni arts and heritage.
In the past, she has provided analysis to the Atlantic Council's Rafik Hariri Center, the United States Institute of Peace, Brookings Institute and Carnegie. She was a Research Fellow at the Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS). Her work was published in the Lawfare blog (Brookings), The National (UAE), MENAsource (The Atlantic Council Blog), Almonitor, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, Fikra Forum (The Middle East Institute Journal), The Middle East Eye, Yemen Observer, Yemen Times and several other prominent publications and academic Journals. She also wrote the blog Yemeniaty.com from 2011-2015 that helped explain political dynamics in Yemen during the Arab Spring up to the war.