Senior Fellow


Brian Katulis

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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

After the Paris Attacks Report
Kurdish fighters take up positions to fight ISIS militants in Kobani, Syria, on November 1, 2014. (AP/Jake Simkin)

After the Paris Attacks

To turn the tide against ISIS, America needs to step up its military and diplomatic campaign and reject voices calling for the country to turn against refugees and Muslims.

Vikram Singh, Ken Gude, Peter Juul, 3 More William F. Wechsler, Hardin Lang, Brian Katulis

The Plight of Christians in the Middle East Report
Children hold candles during a vigil in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, on March 1, 2015, held in solidarity with Christians abducted in Syria and Iraq. (AP/Hussein Malla)

The Plight of Christians in the Middle East

Some of the world's oldest Christian communities are disappearing in the very lands where their faith was born. The status of Christians in the Middle East is an important sign of broader regional trends in religious freedom, pluralism, and tolerance.

Brian Katulis, Rudy deLeon, John B. Craig

New Anchors for U.S.-Egypt Relations Report
Protesters chant as they wave Egyptian flags during their protest in Cairo, Egypt, February 6, 2011. (AP/Amr Nabil)

New Anchors for U.S.-Egypt Relations

The United States and Egypt need new anchors of economic and diplomatic cooperation to avoid bilateral drift and to respond to recent regional turbulence.

Brian Katulis, Mokhtar Awad

Sisi’s First 100 Days Report

Sisi’s First 100 Days

Egypt, the region’s largest country, continues to face a long list of challenges on the economic, security, and political fronts.

Brian Katulis, Mokhtar Awad, Hardin Lang

Supporting the Syrian Opposition Report
Black smoke leaps into the air from shelling by pro-Assad forces in a residential area in Aleppo, Syria. (AP/Manu Brabo)

Supporting the Syrian Opposition

The Obama administration has an important opportunity to adjust its course in Syria and Iraq, particularly regarding the threat posed by ISIS, and assume a more engaged leadership role.

Hardin Lang, Mokhtar Awad, Ken Sofer, 2 More Peter Juul, Brian Katulis

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