Sahand Yazdanyar

Advocacy Associate

Sahand Yazdanyar is an Associate at DAWN. Prior to this role, Yazdanyar worked in advocacy and U.S. political spaces as a researcher. He has experience providing on the ground humanitarian and refugee assistance. Yazdanyar has conducted field study abroad and grounds his work using both a historical and material analysis of his research to advance just solutions to conflict.

Yazdanyar received a Master of Global Policy Studies degree from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas – Austin, where he focused on U.S. foreign policy toward the SWANA (Southwest/West Asia and North Africa) region. He received a B.A. from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) as a dual-major in Political Science and Media & Communications Studies.

"Democracy remains the most effective way to tackle terror, stop bloodshed and political violence in Arab countries."

- JAMAL KHASHOGGI, Al-Arabiya, June 12, 2016