I’m Yasmeen, a London-based staff writer on the foreign affairs beat at TIME. I’m interested in telling stories about the future of democracies and rising authoritarianism around the world.

Prior to joining TIME, I was a staff writer at The Atlantic, where I covered populism and nationalism from the magazine’s London bureau. I helped launch the bureau in 2017 as a reporter covering Britain and Europe. Before that, I was an editorial fellow on The Atlantic’s news desk in Washington, D.C.

Over the past six years, I have written about the far right, autocracy, and democracies in decline. I’ve also reported on Brexit, vaccine nationalism, and global protest movements. In addition to my writing, I’m a regular panelist on The Bunker, an independent politics podcast about Britain and beyond. I’m also a member of the Foreign Press Association in London, for which I served as the Honorary Secretary from 2019 to 2021.

I studied international relations at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and served as the managing editor of the university’s student newspaper of record, the Daily Trojan.

I can be found on Twitter @YasmeenSerhan and on Substack at Foreign Correspondence, a fortnightly recap of my latest work and links to some of the best stories I’ve read.