Yasmine Taeb

Congress and Foreign Policy

Yasmine Taeb serves as a Senior Fellow on Congress and Foreign Policy. Previously, she served as Senior Policy Counsel for Demand Progress leading the organization's advocacy efforts on ending militarism at home and abroad. She's an experienced human rights lobbyist and has also served as Senior Policy Counsel at the Center for Victims of Torture directing the organization's advocacy on refugees and asylum seekers. Prior to that, Yasmine directed the Human Rights & Civil Liberties Program at the Friends Committee on National Legislation where she lobbied for increased resettlement of refugees, the repeal of the 2001 AUMF, closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention center, among other issues. And at the Center for American Progress (CAP), Yasmine directed and managed CAP's Islamophobia project, including co-authoring CAP's latest Islamophobia report, 'Fear, Inc. 2.0: The Islamophobia Network's Efforts to Manufacture Hate in America.'

In 2016, Yasmine became the first Muslim woman elected to the Democratic National Committee. She has advised and worked on several national and state political campaigns, including on President Obama's reelection campaign in 2012.

Yasmine's writings and commentaries have appeared in the New York Times, The Washington Post, Newsweek, The Hill, HuffPo, among others. She holds a J.D. from the Penn State Dickinson School of Law, a Graduate Certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Florida.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS

STATEMENT

Joint Statement in Support of Rep. Joaquin Castro for House Foreign Affairs
Committee Chairman

Organized by the Center for International Policy

The undersigned grassroots and advocacy organizations representing millions of Americans from all walks of life and backgrounds write in support of Representative Joaquin Castro as the next Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee (HFAC).

Joint Statement in Support of Rep. Joaquin Castro for House Foreign Affairs
Committee Chairman

LATEST NEWS

Progressives Weigh Fight Over Biden’s Defense Secretary Pick

Yasmine Taeb quoted

“While many progressive organizations may be reluctant to publicly oppose Michele Flournoy’s nomination given the likelihood that she would be confirmed, we do however expect our allies in the Senate during the confirmation process to seek clarity with respect to... whether she would be willing to recuse herself especially if she worked on major weapons programs,” Yasmine Taeb, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, said in a statement. “It’s important to shed light on what Flournoy previously did, and if those former clients will have an expectation that they’ll have a leg up with her as Defense Secretary.”

Dozens of Progressive Groups Endorse Joaquin Castro for Foreign Affairs Chair

Yasmine Taeb quoted

Dozens of progressive groups on Friday put their support behind Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) to be the next chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee... The endorsement was organized by the Center for International Policy and co-led by Justice Democrats and the Sunrise Movement and includes support from a total of 50 progressive organizations.

“We need a fundamental shift in U.S. foreign policy. Rep. Castro has demonstrated a commitment to centering the voices of impacted communities at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy,” said Yasmine Taeb, Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy. “Rep. Castro embodies a progressive vision for the U.S. in the world, one that prioritizes diplomacy and multilateralism over militarism,” Taeb added.

Race For Key Foreign Policy Post Heats Up As Major Progressive Groups Back Joaquin Castro

Yasmine Taeb quoted

Justice Democrats, the Sunrise Movement, the Center for International Policy and others are boosting Castro’s run for House Foreign Affairs Committee chair.

Yasmine Taeb, a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, said Castro could pioneer “a fundamental shift... Rep. Castro embodies a progressive vision for the U.S. in the world, one that prioritizes diplomacy and multilateralism over militarism... After four years of destructive policies that have undermined America’s standing, Rep. Castro’s leadership will not just get us back on track but will lead us forward.”

Trump’s Transition Chaos Is A National Security Nightmare

Yasmine Taeb quoted

“If Trump escalates with Iran, it will be a ruse to try to shore up his support and further try to invalidate the elections. … [He] could view a conflict with Iran as a means towards assaulting U.S. democracy more than he has already,” Yasmine Taeb of the Center for International Policy wrote in an email. “The American people and progressives should be hyper cautious, be ready to organize, and view any claims Trump and company make about Iran with the utmost scrutiny.”

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