Jasmine El-Gamal is a resident Senior Fellow with the Atlantic Council's Brent Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, where she focuses primarily on the role of narratives in the cycle of radicalization and violent extremism as well as Middle East policy.
Born in New York and raised in Egypt, Jasmine has worked to incorporate inter-cultural and inter-faith understanding throughout her career in national security. In 2003, she served in Iraq as a translator and cultural advisor during the initial stage of Operation Iraqi Freedom, where she facilitated dialogue and cooperation between the U.S. military and the local Iraqi population in Southern Iraq. She lived and worked in several Arab countries before joining the Department of Defense in 2008 as a policy advisor on Middle East issues. As an advisor on the Middle East, Jasmine regularly briefed Secretaries of Defense Gates, Panetta, Hagel and Carter as well as foreign counterparts on issues pertaining to various seminal periods in U.S-Middle East relations, such as the Arab Spring, the Syria conflict, and the rise and decline of ISIS in Iraq and Syria . Jasmine also served as the Acting Chief of Staff for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy, and from 2013 to 2015 was the Special Assistant to three Under Secretaries of Defense for Policy, where she advised on a range of issues related to defense and national security.
Jasmine’s articles have been published in the Washington Post, Time Magazine, the Huffington Post, Talking Points Memo, and Building Peace Magazine, among others. She is a sought-after commentator and lecturer on the Middle East, radicalization, and security affairs, and has appeared on CBS, Fox News, Sky News Arabia, TRT World, and others. She is also a documentary filmmaker and most recently filmed and produced a short documentary on the Syrian refugee crisis in Greece, "Unwelcome", which was selected as a special entry in over ten film festivals around the world in 2017..
Jasmine holds an MS from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, and a BS in Marketing from Clarkson University. She is a graduate of the short-term documentary filmmaking program at the New York Film Academy, and a Truman National Security Fellow.