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Expertise: U.S. national security strategy, Middle East, counterterrorism

Brian Katulis is a Senior Fellow at American Progress, where his work focuses on U.S. national security strategy and counterterrorism policy. For more than a decade, he has advised senior U.S. policymakers on foreign policy and has provided expert testimony several times to key congressional committees, including the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.

Katulis has conducted extensive research on the ground in the Middle East, where he has lived and worked in a number of countries, including Egypt, the Palestinian territories, Israel, and Jordan. His past experience includes work at the National Security Council and the U.S. Departments of State and Defense during President Bill Clinton’s administration. He also worked for Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, Freedom House, and former Pennsylvania Gov. Robert Casey (D).

Katulis received a master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in history and Arab and Islamic Studies from Villanova University. In 1994 and 1995, he was a Fulbright scholar in Jordan. Katulis regularly provides commentary on leading television and radio programs, including “PBS NewsHour” and National Public Radio, and he has published articles in several leading newspapers, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Wall Street Journal. He is co-author with Nancy Soderberg of The Prosperity Agenda, a book on U.S. national security published by John Wiley & Sons in 2008.

By Brian Katulis
Updating U.S.-Saudi Ties to Reflect the New Realities of Today’s Middle EastCenter for American ProgressApril 25, 2016
The Global Rise of ‘Us vs. Them’ PoliticsThe Wall Street JournalMarch 21, 2016
Barack Obama, George H.W. Bush and Foreign Policy RealismThe Wall Street JournalMarch 12, 2016
The Hole in the ‘Obama Doctrine’The Wall Street JournalMarch 10, 2016
From 2016 Republicans, Disarray on National Security IssuesThe Wall Street JournalFebruary 6, 2016
Middle East Stability and the International Agreement on Iran’s Nuclear ProgramCenter for American ProgressJanuary 20, 2016
Five National Security Issues to Watch in the State of the Union and BeyondThe Wall Street JournalJanuary 11, 2016
For Obama, 2015 Was a Mixed Year in Foreign PolicyThe Wall Street JournalDecember 23, 2015
How Saudi Arabia Is Expanding Its Role in the Middle EastThe Wall Street JournalDecember 13, 2015
One of Us Is a Conservative. One of Us Is a Liberal. Here’s a Counterterror Approach We Can Both Agree On.Politico MagazineDecember 9, 2015
After the Paris AttacksCenter for American ProgressNovember 19, 2015
Why Didn’t Obama Give Hillary Clinton’s Speech on Defeating ISIS?The Wall Street JournalNovember 19, 2015
Will We Stay Committed to a Long Battle Against ISIS Extremism?The Wall Street JournalNovember 14, 2015
Lost Amid Debate Over Syria Strategy: The Moral Case for Fighting ISISThe Wall Street JournalNovember 13, 2015
Assessing the Anti-ISIS Campaign After the First YearCenter for American ProgressSeptember 16, 2015
How Egypt’s Antiterrorism Measures Complicate Its FightThe Wall Street JournalAugust 17, 2015
Ensuring that the Nuclear Agreement Effectively Constrains IranCenter for American ProgressJuly 17, 2015
Countering Iran’s Destabilizing Actions in the Middle EastCenter for American ProgressJuly 17, 2015
Strengthening the Foundations of U.S.-Israel Ties at a Time of Change in the Middle EastCenter for American ProgressApril 22, 2015
Getting to a Final Agreement: Nuclear Negotiations with Iran and Congressional ActionCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2015
The Plight of Christians in the Middle EastCenter for American ProgressMarch 12, 2015
New Anchors for U.S.-Egypt RelationsCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2015
Charlie Hebdo Attack: Can We Sustain A Response to Extremist IdeologiesThe Washington WireJanuary 9, 2015
Needed: A Strategy to Remain an Energy SuperpowerWashington WireJanuary 8, 2015
5 National Security Issues to Watch in 2015Washington WireDecember 31, 2014
2014: A Year of Wake-Up Calls in Foreign PolicyWashington WireDecember 22, 2014
Good News From Iraq: ISIS SetbacksThe Wall Street JournalNovember 17, 2014
Fighting ISIS Without Destroying IraqThe Wall Street JournalNovember 14, 2014
Addressing the Gaps in Syria Policy in the Fight Against ISISCenter for American ProgressNovember 4, 2014
Time for a New U.S. Approach to EgyptThe Wall Street JournalOctober 29, 2014
Sisi’s First 100 DaysCenter for American ProgressOctober 20, 2014
U.S. needs to continue trying to sway Turkey to join fight against ISISNew York Daily NewsOctober 9, 2014
Why Airstrikes in Syria Are Just the BeginningWashington WireSeptember 24, 2014
3 Vulnerabilities in Obama’s Strategy to Fight ISIS–and How to Fix ThemThe Wall Street JournalSeptember 22, 2014
Supporting the Syrian OppositionCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2014
5 questions Obama must answer about ISIS strategyCNNSeptember 10, 2014
Defeating ISIS: An Integrated Strategy to Advance Middle East StabilityCenter for American ProgressSeptember 10, 2014
NATO: Losing Sight of ISIS?Das Progressive ZentrumSeptember 1, 2014
Why U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq Are Not a Major Strategy ChangeThe Wall Street JournalAugust 8, 2014
Lessons for U.S. Policymakers in Gaza’s ChaosThe Wall Street JournalAugust 1, 2014
How Obama Could Counter Critics of His Foreign PolicyThe Wall Street JournalJuly 9, 2014
On the Brink: Managing the ISIS Threat in IraqCenter for American ProgressJune 17, 2014
U.S. Middle East Policy at a Time of Regional Fragmentation and CompetitionCenter for American ProgressJune 16, 2014
Jordan in the Eye of the StormCenter for American ProgressJune 12, 2014
Iraq and Syria Are Increasingly the Same Battlefield. How Will the U.S. Respond?The Wall Street JournalJune 11, 2014
3 Reasons Obama Should Pay Attention to LibyaThe Wall Street JournalJune 4, 2014
The Challenge in Obama’s West Point SpeechThe Wall Street JournalMay 27, 2014
Looking Ahead to Egypt’s Uncertain Summer of Trials and TribulationsCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2014
Gatekeeper of the JihadForeign PolicyApril 21, 2014
Against DisengagementDemocracyApril 16, 2014
Tunisia’s Struggle for Political Pluralism After EnnahdaCenter for American ProgressApril 3, 2014
Saudi Arabia Walks Tightrope With Shift in Syria, Regional PoliciesWorld Politics ReviewMarch 10, 2014
Fragmenting Under PressureCenter for American ProgressMarch 5, 2014
Obama’s foreign policy ‘to-do’ listThe Washington PostJanuary 31, 2014
Preparing for a Strategic Shift on U.S. Policy Toward EgyptCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2013
One-Two PunchForeign PolicyOctober 11, 2013
U.S.-Saudi Ties Tested by Middle East UpheavalWorld Politics ReviewSeptember 26, 2013
Understanding the Threat to the Homeland from Al Qaeda in the Arabian PeninsulaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 18, 2013
Silent international partners in President Obama’s possible Syria strike may be criticalNew York Daily NewsAugust 30, 2013
After a Possible Strike in Syria: Planning Ahead for Potential Responses and New Threats to U.S. Security InterestsCenter for American ProgressAugust 29, 2013
Managing Change in Egypt After President Morsi’s RemovalCenter for American ProgressJuly 11, 2013
The Obama Administration Should Prepare for More Change in EgyptCenter for American ProgressJune 28, 2013
What you should know about developing Syria situationSalonJune 14, 2013
Qatar, Saudi Arabia Diverge in Battle to Shape Changing Middle EastWorld Politics ReviewMay 31, 2013
Will Obama’s meeting with Turkey mean progress on Syria?SalonMay 16, 2013
The Real Scandal in Libya: A Security Vacuum and New Terrorist ThreatsCenter for American ProgressMay 15, 2013
Responding to the Assad Regime’s Likely Use of Chemical WeaponsCenter for American ProgressApril 26, 2013
5 Key Findings from CAP’s Recent Discussions in the Middle EastCenter for American ProgressMarch 19, 2013
Maintaining the Delicate Balancing Act in the Israel-Egypt Security RelationshipCenter for American ProgressMarch 11, 2013
Preparing U.S. Policy for the Next Phase of Egypt’s TransitionCenter for American ProgressMarch 1, 2013
A New Phase for U.S. Policy on SyriaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 28, 2013
Advancing U.S. Interests and Values at a Time of Change in EgyptCenter for American ProgressJanuary 31, 2013
Foreign Affairs Are PivotalThe Patriot NewsDecember 3, 2012
The Dispatching of Secretary Clinton to the Middle East Is Welcome NewsCenter for American ProgressNovember 20, 2012
U.S. Faces Challenges in Arab World, but Obama Is on Right TrackU.S. News & World ReportSeptember 27, 2012
Private Donors Need to Be More InvolvedRoom for DebateSeptember 24, 2012
Statement from CAP Senior Fellow Brian Katulis on the Death of Ambassador Stevens in LibyaCenter for American ProgressSeptember 12, 2012
Outlining a Diplomatic Strategy for Afghanistan’s Political TransitionCenter for American ProgressAugust 16, 2012
U.S. Policy in Syria Enters a New PhaseCenter for American ProgressAugust 14, 2012
It’s Up to Iraq’s Government to Prevent a Civil WarCNNJuly 24, 2012
Dealing with Pakistan’s Messy PoliticsCenter for American ProgressJune 21, 2012
Managing Change in Egypt Was Never Going to Be EasyCenter for American ProgressJune 19, 2012
Managing Change in EgyptCenter for American ProgressJune 5, 2012
Pressure Mounts on Iran as Nuclear Talks Move to MoscowCenter for American ProgressMay 25, 2012
Previewing Egypt’s 2012 Presidential ElectionsCenter for American ProgressMay 23, 2012
Getting Back to a Functional Relationship with PakistanCenter for American ProgressMay 17, 2012
Afghanistan TransitionCenter for American ProgressMay 17, 2012
Strengthening America’s Options on IranCenter for American ProgressApril 13, 2012
No Need to Rush Into Iranian ConflictTampa Bay OnlineApril 10, 2012
An Unheralded AnniversaryCenter for American ProgressMarch 16, 2012
What to Do About IranCenter for American ProgressMarch 14, 2012
U.S. Should Discourage Israel From Striking IranU.S. News and World ReportMarch 5, 2012
Shock Absorbers for United States, PakistanThe Boston GlobeFebruary 27, 2012
A Syrian Intervention Need Not Be Military FocusedU.S. News and World ReportFebruary 14, 2012
Egypt’s Uncertain RevolutionCenter for American ProgressFebruary 10, 2012
China’s Quiet Role in Pressuring IranCenter for American ProgressFebruary 8, 2012
How to Stop the Bloodshed in SyriaCenter for American ProgressFebruary 6, 2012
Support Pluralism in Egypt’s TransitionCenter for American ProgressJanuary 27, 2012
Egypt’s Political Transition Takes a Step Forward Amid Much UncertaintyCenter for American ProgressJanuary 23, 2012
Taking the Iranian Nuclear Threat SeriouslyCenter for American ProgressDecember 15, 2011