Basma Alloush is a former Nonresident Fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy (TIMEP); at TIMEP, her mandate focused on on humanitarian trends and emerging issues across the MENA region. She is currently the Policy and Advocacy Adviser at NRC USA and is responsible for implementing strategic advocacy and for providing advice and capacity building support to country operations on effective policy and advocacy strategies and activities as they relate to the United States. She provides policy analysis to strengthen NRC’s understanding of and ability to influence relevant US humanitarian policies and practices. As the policy adviser, Alloush regularly engages with various interlocutors within the US government including the Department of State, Department of Defense, and Congress to advocate for humanitarian policies that could alleviate the impact of conflict on vulnerable populations. Throughout her time at NRC, Alloush has conducted field missions to Iraq, Nigeria, Yemen, Lebanon, and Jordan. She has represented NRC at various public events and has published extensively about her experience and work. She was previously the Advocacy and Communications Officer at NRC USA.
Alloush obtained her master’s degree at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where she focused on transitional justice, human security, and conflict resolution, completing her thesis project on the role of diaspora in transitional justice processes, with a particular focus on the Syrian and Liberian cases. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Northeastern University. Alloush is a Syrian citizen and grew up in six different Middle Eastern countries, including Yemen and Sudan. You can follow her on Twitter at @samboosa_a.