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Sara Zeiger

Senior Research Analyst at Hedayah

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Countering violent extremism and counter terrorism


Sara Zeiger is a Senior Research Analyst at Hedayah, the International Center of Excellence for Countering Violent Extremism.

Sara initially worked as a consultant for the Strategy and Delivery Unit tasked by the U.A.E Ministry of Foreign Affairs to stand up and launch Hedayah. Currently, Sara manages a number of projects for the Research & Analysis Department, including the Counter-Narrative Library and annual International CVE Research Conference. Sara served as Hedayah’s liaison with the Global Counterterrorism Forum (GCTF) to support the development and drafting their framework document, the Abu Dhabi Memorandum on Good Practices for Education and CVE and follow-up Draft Action Plan. Her recent publications include A Man’s World: Exploring the Role of Women in Countering Terrorism and Countering Violent Extremism, and Undermining Violent Extremist Narratives in South East Asia: A How-To Guide. Sara is also currently a Non-Resident Fellow in International Relations and Counter-Terrorism for TRENDS Research & Advisory. Prior to joining Hedayah, Sara worked as a Research Assistant at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University and as a Head Teaching Fellow for the Harvard Extension School. Sara was also a Graduate Assistant at Boston University, conducting research on politics and society in Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. Sara holds an M.A. in International Relations and from Boston University, and graduated as valedictorian with a B.A. in Psychology and Religion from Ohio Northern University.