Tuqa Nusairat is the deputy director of the Middle East Programs at the Atlantic Council. Since joining the Council in 2012, she has played a key role in shaping the strategy and direction of the Rafik Hariri Center’s programs, publications, outreach and development and has been instrumental in overseeing relationships with vital stakeholders including donors, board members, and high-level contacts. She is currently leading an initiative focusing on the challenges to unlocking human potential in the region, a core pillar of the Middle East programs’ work, with a focus on the role of youth in driving development in the Arab world.
During her time at the Council, Tuqa led and supported projects including a Track II Gulf Dialogue, regional conferences on the challenges and opportunities during the Arab Spring, and programming on Yemen, Turkey, North Africa, and the Levant. In addition to managing a team of Washington-based fellows and staff, she oversees a network of non-resident fellows, including their projects on US-Saudi policy, Muslim-Western relations, and Arab-Kurdish relations.
Previously, she worked at the Project on Middle East Democracy and the National Endowment for Democracy. Nusairat holds an MS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a BA in Government and International Politics from George Mason University. She speaks Arabic fluently.