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 as well as rising authoritarianism around the world and its consequences.

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. You can find my full Atlantic story archive here.

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 plus links to some of the best stories I’ve read.