Dwight Bashir is Director of Outreach and Policy at the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. He oversees USCIRF’s congressional, communications, and outreach efforts as well as advancement of USCIRF’s policy recommendations. While at USCIRF, Dr. Bashir has led or participated in numerous fact-finding missions internationally and has traveled widely throughout the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and Europe. For nearly 25 years, he has worked in the areas of international human rights, religious freedom, and conflict resolution. An expert on sectarian conflict and human rights in the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Bashir provides periodic training for officials at the U.S. Departments of State and Homeland Security and serves on the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Committee on Holocaust Denial and State-Sponsored Antisemitism. He has been interviewed and his articles featured in major media outlets and academic journals, including CNN, Fox News, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy, the Yale Journal of International Affairs, The John Marshall Law Review, and the Cairo Review of Global Affairs, among others, and he has lectured in the United States and globally on topics that include countering violent extremism, ethnic and religious conflict, global peace and security.
Before joining USCIRF, Dr. Bashir worked with the United Nations and the Institute for Multi-Track Diplomacy on conflict prevention; with the U.S. Department of State advisory body on religious freedom, intolerance, and reconciliation; and with the Baha’is of the United States and other non-governmental organizations advocating international human rights. He pursued his Bachelor’s degree in political science and international relations at the University of Richmond and his Master’s and Doctoral degrees in international conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University.