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Mayesha Alam

Mayesha Alam

Adjunct Lecturer


Dr. Mayesha Alam is an expert on conflict, climate change, and gender currently serving as Vice President of Research at Foreign Policy where she oversees the team of FP Analytics, the research and advisory division, and leads research development. She previously helped to establish the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security and served as its deputy director. Dr. Alam has also worked as a senior advisor and consultant with multilateral institutions including the UN, World Bank, OSCE, and non-governmental organizations such as the National Democratic Institute and Mercy Corps. Dr. Alam is the author of Women and Transitional Justice: Progress and Persistent Challenges in Retributive and Restorative Processes (Palgrave Macmillan 2014) and, with Dr. Robert Egnell, Women and Gender Perspectives in the Military: An International Comparison (Georgetown University Press 2019), as well as many reports on war, human rights, health, climate, and other topics. Her commentary has appeared in the Washington Post, Newsweek, CNN, NPR, Just Security, and elsewhere. A non-resident Senior Fellow of the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, Dr. Alam holds a PhD in political science from Yale University, M.A. in conflict resolution with a graduate certificate in refugee and humanitarian emergencies from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and B.A. in international relations from Mount Holyoke College.



  • Armed Conflict
  • Climate Change
  • International Peace and Security
  • Gender