Brian
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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.

Latest by Brian Katulis

Strategic Reengagement in the Middle East Report

Strategic Reengagement in the Middle East

The Biden administration can rebalance America’s policy in the Middle East through diplomacy, economic statecraft, and security cooperation—all while shifting away from direct military action.

Brian Katulis, Peter Juul

Putting Diplomacy First Report
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani meets Omani Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah in Tehran, Iran, on July 28, 2019. (Getty/Iranian Presidency/Handout)

Putting Diplomacy First

In order to avoid another costly war in the Middle East, the United States must prioritize diplomacy and a more balanced regional stabilization strategy.

Brian Katulis, Peter Juul

Iran Is ‘On Notice’—What’s Next? Report

Iran Is ‘On Notice’—What’s Next?

The United States needs a strong defense and a smart offense; it must also avoid the unilateral disarmament offered in Trump’s budget proposal.

Brian Katulis, Muath Al Wari

Setting the Terms for U.S.-Egypt Relations Report

Setting the Terms for U.S.-Egypt Relations

Relations between Washington and Cairo may be poised to grow warmer after years of drift and turbulence, but the Trump administration should engage Egypt with a sharp focus on how Egypt can benefit America’s interests and advance the values needed to defeat extremism.

Daniel Benaim, Mokhtar Awad, Brian Katulis

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