Holly Dagres is an Iranian-American analyst and commentator on Middle East affairs, focusing on Iran. Currently based in Egypt, she works as an editor for the quarterly policy journal, the Cairo Review of Global Affairs. She is also the curator for the weekly newsletter, The Iranist.
Holly has conducted interviews with ABC News, BBC Radio, Deutsche Welle, Global Post, Iranwire, NPR, Radio France Internationale, Sky News, The Young Turks, amongst others. Her work has appeared in numerous publications including Aeon, Al Jazeera, Al-Monitor, Buzzfeed, Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, Mic, and Voice of America.
Holly's degrees include a BA in Political Science and French from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a MA in Political Science from the American University in Cairo. She is a former co-chair of the San Fernando Valley chapter of the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). Holly is currently a member of the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) and the Iranian-American Women’s Foundation.
Born in Los Angeles, Holly spent her adolescent years in Iran, where she lived for seven years. Holly is married to CNN foreign correspondent Ian Lee.