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