Mohammad J. Al Yousef

Research Associate

Mohammad J. Al Yousef is a research associate at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington, researching Gulf politics, society, and culture. He currently concentrates on Middle East conflicts, with special emphasis on the role of religion, identity, civil society, and U.S. foreign policy in the region. Al Yousef holds an MA in conflict resolution and a certificate in Arab studies from Georgetown University and a BA in international security and U.S. politics from San Diego State University. In addition, he holds a certificate in conflict resolution from Tbilisi State University (Georgia), studying the conflicts and politics of the Caucasus.

Al Yousef served as a teaching assistant for international relations courses in the Department of Government at Georgetown University in 2018. While at Georgetown, he served as a board member of the National Union of Kuwaiti Students, wherein he represented 16,000 Kuwaiti students to the U.S. government and to the Embassy of Kuwait in Washington, DC. In 2016, Al Yousef worked with Kuwait News Agency as an editor and translator.

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Mental Health in the Gulf: Reforms and Challenges

While youth-led awareness campaigns and public health education are shifting the landscape of mental health care in the Gulf, sociocultural challenges persist.

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Ramadan Series Have Provoked an Internal Gulf Debate on Social Normalization With Israel

Public opposition to social and political normalization with Israel appears to be holding fast among most nationals, even as some governments allow more room for advocates of Gulf-Israel relations to make their case.

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Ramadan Adapts to the Pandemic in the Gulf

Gulf countries have celebrated the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan under unprecedented and strict precautionary measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Yet Gulf citizens are still finding ways to pray communally and sustain community.

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Creating Saudi Arabia’s “Visual Majlis”: Ali al-Kalthami on Telfaz11 and the Future of Saudi Film

Saudi filmmakers came late to the craft, limited by the lack of opportunities for training and imposed by Saudi Arabia’s conservative sociopolitical order. Today, filmmakers are viewed as avatars of the top-down transformation of Saudi society.

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Gulf Youth and Civil Society Mobilize to Fight the Coronavirus

While most Gulf Arab countries have tackled the coronavirus pandemic through state-led initiatives, Kuwait and Bahrain engaged youth significantly through quasi-independent civil society organizations.

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The National Union of Kuwaiti Students: Nurturing a Commitment to Civic Engagement?

Student unions and clubs have played an important role in the lives of Gulf Arab students, both in local universities and abroad.

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A Khaleeji Majlis in the United States

With the Cultural Majlis, Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi aims to bring together the Middle East and North Africa community within U.S. campuses and establish an inclusive dialogue connecting people, ideas, and cultures.

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Mohammad Al-Hussainan: Harnessing Social Media for Charity

Mohammad Al-Hussainan leads a team working to bring a new generation to Kuwait’s long-standing humanitarian legacy, using social media, personal connections, and a compelling narrative.