Sohaela Amiri is a doctoral candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her fields of interest include influence dynamics in international affairs, diplomacy, soft power, and foreign policy. Her focus is mainly on non-state and subnational actors such as cities, diaspora groups and immigrants as well as the metrics and evaluation of noncoercive statecraft.
Much of her work at RAND entails impact measurement, system analysis, program evaluation and design, as they relate to foreign policy, public health, disaster response. Amiri is also a research associate at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy, where she manages the center's research and consulting projects and programs. Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Amiri conducted research in public diplomacy, international affairs, and strategic communication, with a focus on evaluation, at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy. She has designed evaluation regimes, indices, and initiative frameworks for such organizations as the World Economic Forum and the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), on topics ranging from digital media to organizational development.
Sohaela Amiri and Efe Sevin, City Diplomacy: Current Trends and Future Prospects, Palgrave Macmillan, 2000