Joshua Levkowitz

Former Research Associate

Joshua Levkowitz is a former research associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington. Prior to joining AGSIW, Joshua worked with the National Democratic Institute, where he supported the citizen participation team’s inclusion portfolio. He has previously conducted research for the Centre for Mediation in Africa at the University of Pretoria, the Middle East Institute, and the National Defense University. He has also worked as a freelance journalist in Ethiopia, Iraq, and Egypt.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Boston University and a Master of Arts in International Affairs and Economics from Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Joshua has conducted fieldwork in Kenya, Sudan, Lebanon, and Colombia with a focus on conflict management, disarmament, and peacebuilding.

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Shift Initiative: Developing Yemen’s Film Scene

In 2014, Yemeni-Scottish filmmaker Sara Ishaq’s film “Karama Has No Walls,” an account of the March 18, 2011 massacre of 53 protesters gathering for prayers by the Yemeni government, was nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary short film.

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Shoot Film, Not Bullets: Yemenis Turn to Art to Cope with Conflict

Yemen’s war is a forgotten catastrophe. Peter Maurer, the president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, stated in August: “Yemen after five months looks like Syria after five years.” All too commonly, civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence in Yemen.

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Kings of the Road: The Politicization of Saudi Drifting

The Saudi phenomenon known as tafhit, or joyriding, is both a youth-driven pastime and an urban menace.