Suhayla Sibaai-2016 Recipient

Suhayla Sibaai 150x150Major: Foreign Service
Degree: M.S.
School: Georgetown University
Sponsor: International Institute of Islamic Thought (IIIT)



Suhayla share her latest op-ed in the Huffington Post. It is a critique of the West’s selective sympathy in cases such as Omran Daqneesh’s, the fleetingness of our hashtag activism, and the failure to recognize the root problem which caused this image of little Omran. “I hope that you might find it an interesting read.”
Your Selective Sympathy Won’t Save Syria

Bio: Suhayla Sibaai attends Georgetown University and is working toward her Master’s of Science in Foreign Service. Suhayla previously completed her Bachelors’ degrees in Global & International Studies and in Political Science with Honors from the University of Kansas. Her specialization is in International Comparative Political and Social systems and the Middle East Region. During her time as an undergraduate student, Suhayla conducted original research for her honors thesis on how transnational terrorist groups exploit civilian uprisings in the MENA, employing eight different case studies from across the region. Suhayla has over two years of professional work experience as Government Relations Coordinator for the political advocacy organization the Syrian American Council in Washington, DC and as the Communications and Advocacy Officer at The Day After, a Syrian civil society organization in Istanbul, Turkey. Suhayla has engaged in high-level diplomatic meetings with U.S. and international political figures and officials from all branches of U.S. Government, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and U.N. Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura to advocate for a solution to the war in Syria. She is specifically interested in developing sustainable and peaceful transitions in Syria and the Middle East through advocacy work, research, policy analysis, civil society building, and grassroots mobilizing.

Areas of Interest:
Foreign Service

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