Suzie Abdou

Policy Analyst and International Development Specialist

Suzie Abdou is an international development specialist and policy analyst with experience in democracy, governance and gender in the Middle East & North Africa. She held an international post in the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs’ Jordan field office, where she managed the institute’s Women’s Political Participation & Parliamentary Development program. Previously, Suzie served as the Director of Global Programs at Women's Voices Now, a not-for-profit organization focused on media and women’s rights. Her responsibilities focused on developing and implementing the organization’s international programs, including its traveling short film festival, "Women's Voices from the Muslim World.” She is regularly called upon by public radio and news television programs to comment on political and sectarian issues in the Middle East. Her op-eds and blog entries have been published in print and online news outlets. Suzie is a 2017 Franklin Fellow with U.S. Department of State - Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs and a Security Fellow with the Truman National Security Project. Her work can be followed at, Twitter: @suzieabdou, IG: suzieabdou and