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Coming of Age: Sources of Middle Eastern Instability













Mr. Gregory Aftandilian
Senior Fellow for the Middle East at the Center for National Policy
Gregory Aftandilian is a Senior Fellow for the Middle East at the Center for National Policy and an independent consultant and writer.  He is a specialist on Middle East affairs and U.S. foreign policy, having spent over 21 years in government service, most recently on Capitol Hill. He was foreign policy advisor to Congressman Chris Van Hollen (2007-08), professional staff member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and foreign policy adviser to Senator Paul Sarbanes (2000-04), and foreign policy fellow to Senator Edward Kennedy (1999). Prior to these positions, Mr. Aftandilian worked for 13 years as a Middle East analyst at the U.S. Department of State where he was a recipient of the Department's Superior Honor Award for his analyses on Egypt. His other government experiences include analytical work on Middle East affairs for the U.S. Department of Defense and the Library of Congress.
Mr. Aftandilian also has extensive academic and consulting experiences. He was a research fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (2006-07) and an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York (1991-92). He is an associate of the Middle East Center at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and an adjunct faculty member at Boston University, teaching courses on Middle East politics. His publications include: Egypt's Bid for Arab Leadership: Implications for U.S. Policy (1993); Looking Forward: An Integrated Strategy for Supporting Democracy and Human Rights in Egypt (2009); Presidential Succession Scenarios in Egypt and Their Impact on U.S.-Egyptian Strategic Relations (2011), Egypt's New Regime and the Future of the U.S.-Egyptian Strategic Relationship (2013), and "World War II as an Enhancer of Armenian-American Second Generation Identity". Mr. Aftandilian worked as a consultant on Egyptian affairs for the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (2005-2006) and was a counter-terrorism consultant for an academic project at Boston University supported by a grant from the Office of Naval Research (2008-2011). In addition, he has lectured widely on Middle East affairs and U.S. foreign policy at many universities, think tanks and government institutions, such as the Foreign Service Institute.
Mr. Aftandilian holds a B.A. in History from Dartmouth College, an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, and an M.S. in International Relations from the London School of Economics. Born in Wilmington, Delaware, he grew up in the Boston area. He has been a resident of northern Virginia since 1983.
Mr. Steven Brooke
PhD candidate in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin
Steven Brooke is a PhD candidate in the Department of Government at the University of Texas at Austin, where he is writing his dissertation on Islamist social service provision in pre- and post-Mubarak Egypt.  He is currently a Named Continuing Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin.  During the 2012-2013 academic year he was a Jennings-Randolph Peace Scholar at the U.S. Institute of Peace.  Prior to enrolling at the University of Texas, Steven was a research associate at The Nixon Center (now the Center for the National Interest), a Washington, DC think tank.     
Steven holds a M.A. in Middle Eastern and African History from George Mason University and a M.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.  He received his B.A. from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA, and has also studied at the Lebanese-American University in Beirut.  Steven is the recipient of multiple awards and fellowships, including a World Politics and Statecraft dissertation fellowship from the Smith Richardson Foundation, a Department of State Critical Language Scholarship and four FLAS fellowships for the study of Arabic.
Steven’s work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Studies in Conflict and Terrorism, Terrorism and Political Violence, the American Interest, and the CTC-Sentinel.  He has also contributed a number of chapters to edited volumes, most recently an Arabic-language history of U.S. policy towards Islamist organizations, (al-Mesbar Center, Dubai), later released in English by the Foreign Policy Research Institute.