Jasmine M. El-Gamal is a political analyst, writer, speaker and mental health advocate. Her areas of expertise include U.S. foreign policy, the Middle East, Islam in the West, the Syria refugee crisis, countering hate and violent extremism, and mental health in the workplace. Throughout her 22-year career, Jasmine has served at various public and private-sector organisations covering issues related to security and international affairs, most recently at the London-based Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), where she supported the CEO on all matters related to countering hate, extremism and polarisation in her capacity as Special Assistant. From 2015-2020, Jasmine was a Senior Fellow with the Middle East program at the Atlantic Council, where she focused primarily on U.S. policies in the Middle East and the Syria conflict. From 2008-2013, Jasmine served as a Middle East advisor in the Office of the Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy. During her tenure, she covered issues related to Iraq, Syria, the Arab Spring and ISIS, among others, and served as the Acting Chief of Staff for the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Middle East Policy. From 2013-2015, she was a Special Assistant to three consecutive Under Secretaries of Defense for Policy. In 2003, Jasmine volunteered to serve as a translator and cultural advisor in Southern Iraq, where she assisted reconstruction missions in support of the local population.
Born in New York and raised in Egypt, Jasmine’s experiences in the aftermath of 9/11 compelled her to spend her career advancing a less militarized, more humane U.S. approach to the Middle East, first as a U.S. public servant and then as a writer, analyst and media commentator.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic, Jasmine has emerged as a vocal and passionate advocate for improving mental health in the workplace, frequently writing and speaking on the topic in public fora and to private audiences. She is the host of the upcoming podcast Mind/work, an interview-based podcast focusing on illuminating mental health issues in the workplace, as well as identifying solutions and resources for a healthier workforce.
Her commentary has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, The Atlantic, Newsweek, Time Magazine, CNN, Al Jazeera, Al Hurra, L’Orient du Jour, Sawt al Azhar, Al Masry Al Youm and other international outlets.