More about Oula A. Alrifai

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Oula A. Alrifai is a master’s candidate at Harvard University’s Center for Middle Eastern Studies (CMES), where she hopes to explore the development of the Iranian-Syrian relationship in the 1970s and 1980s through the lens of religio-political dynamics.

Alrifai was a political asylee from Damascus, Syria, in 2005 and received her American citizenship in 2016. In 2011, she received her BA with honors from the University of Maryland in government and politics and Middle Eastern studies.

Alrifai is the executive producer of the forthcoming documentary Tomorrow’s Children, which explores Syrian refugees forced into child labor in Turkey.