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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 and a Research Fellow at the Sana'a Center for Strategic Studies (SCSS). Al-Hamdani 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. 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.
She is a regular expert commentator on Yemen's political affairs for major international media outlets like CNN International, BBC World Service, BBC Arabic, Aljazeera English, Aljazeera America, RTTV Russian Television, France24, Chinese CCTV, Canadian CTV, Al Hurra News Channel, Islam Channel, and the Huffington Post Live. She was a guest on several NPR Radio programs, BBC World Service, The Voice of Russia Radio, and Sputnik Radio. She was also a guest on several political podcasts like Follow the Money and the Middle East Week. She served as a panelist at several institutions including Chatham House and gave lectures on Yemen at several universities around the united states, including Brown University and Georgetown. Al-Hamdani was a TedxSanaa speaker in November 2013 and currently resides in Washington DC.