International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)
Suhayla Sibaai is a foreign policy professional focused on U.S. foreign policy toward the Middle East, experienced in policy analysis, government relations, program, and stakeholder management.
Sibaai is currently a Foreign Affairs Officer with the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs/Arabian Peninsula focusing on counterterrorism and international security issues. As a part of her work, Sibaai engages daily with the U.S. interagency and foreign government officials to build long-term capacity in critical infrastructure protection. Prior to working with the Department of State, Sibaai worked extensively on U.S. and international policy toward Syria, engaging international diplomats and officials from all branches of the U.S. Government to provide policy briefings and analysis on the Syrian conflict and its greater geopolitical dynamics. Sibaai also previously worked in the U.S. Congress on the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Trade, focusing primarily on counterterrorism and nonproliferation issues in the Middle East, Russia, and North Korea. She has conducted extensive research on civilian uprisings, protracted conflicts, and the rise of transnational terrorist groups in the Middle East and North Africa and has published articles for various think tanks and media outlets. Sibaai is bilingual in the English and Arabic language. She received her BA dual-degree in Global & International Studies and Political Science from the University of Kansas. Sibaai received her Master of Science in Foreign Service with a concentration in Global Politics and Security from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service.
Areas of interest
- International Relations