Yasir Zaidan

Ph.D. Candidate (2020 Cohort)
Yasir Zaidan headshot

Dissertation Project

Civil-military relations and democratization in the Horn of Africa.

Professional Background

Think tanks and policy research.




Zaidan’s research focuses on the growing influence of Middle Eastern counties in the Horn of Africa. He follows current dynamics that are shaping political transitions across the Red Sea region. His research focus has partially developed from his work experiences across East Africa and the Middle East.

Before starting his Ph.D. studies, Zaidan earned an M.A. in statecraft and national security affairs from the Institute of World Politics in Washington D.C. that focused on a comparative national security system. He received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering at the University of Khartoum in Sudan in 2012.


Zaidan, Yasir. “The Emergence of Regional Powers: The New Scramble for the Horn of Africa”, The Air Force Journal of European, Middle Eastern, & African Affairs (Forthcoming).

Zaidan, Yasir. “The Political Economy of the Transition in Sudan: Hamdok Lost Opportunity for Reform”. Inside Arabia. April 30, 2020.

Zaidan, Yasir. “How to Make Sudan’s Revolution Succeed”. Foreign Policy, September 9, 2019.

Zaidan, Yasir. Sanctions and Sudan, Foreign Affairs. October 12, 2017.

Grants and Fellowships:

Richard Wesley Endowed Ph.D. Fellowship, 2020

Walter and Marie Williams Endowed Graduate Fellowship, 2020

Henry M. Jackson Doctoral Fellowship, 2020

ISA Travel Grant, 2020

Joe C. Hayes Scholarship, 2015