Alison Tahmizian Meuse

Strategic Adviser, DeepStrat
Senior Fellow, Regional Studies Centre, Yerevan
Former Middle East Editor, Asia Times

Alison Tahmizian Meuse is a graduate of the George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs, French and Arabic speaker, and a veteran Middle East journalist, having worked as a producer, correspondent and editor for major international publications including Agence France-Press, NPR, and the Asia Times for the past decade.

She began her career as a Shapiro Research Fellow in Egypt in 2009, from where she transitioned to in-depth business reporting for Business Monthly Magazine, the flagship publication of the American Chamber of Commerce, tracking the rise of the labor movement to the eruption of popular discontent that toppled the government of Hosni Mubarak in 2011. She joined Agence France-Presse (AFP), the world’s third-largest news wire in 2012, where she served as a correspondent reporting on the civil war in Syria and its spillover into Lebanon. She would go on to become the Beirut-based editor of Syria Deeply, managing and mentoring a team of Syrian reporters filing from the ground on the conflict. Alison next joined the Beirut bureau of NPR as a producer and learned radio from the ground up, filing daily and weekly reports, and most notably charting the rise of ISIS. In 2016, she shifted to the Arabian Peninsula, covering the war in Yemen and the attacks on Gulf oil tankers and Aramco for AFP.

In 2018, Alison was appointed Middle East Editor of the Asia Times, where she worked alongside our co-founder Saikat Datta, managing a network of freelance writers covering conflict and security from Algeria to the South Caucasus. Together, combining their language skills and deep network of contacts, they broke the story of the Islamic State’s claim to the 2019 Sri Lanka attacks.

She is a newly appointed senior fellow at the Regional Studies Center in Yerevan, where her research will focus on Armenia’s evolving global alliances, relations to the Arab world, and strategies for navigating the regional power negotiation between Russia, Turkey and Iran.

As a Strategic Adviser to DeepStrat , Alison brings a wealth of reporting experience, contacts and creativity on intersections of interests and negotiations of power in a modern world of shifting borders and rules-based order breakdown.