Yousuf Abdelfatah is a Research Assistant at RAND’s Washington office. He received a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University in 2018 where he completed a double major in Political Science and Economics. As an undergraduate much of his coursework focused on global economics and Middle East policy. His senior honors thesis explored the role of youth entrepreneurship in the Middle East, its socio-economic effects, and the institutional obstacles facing young entrepreneurs. His research interests inlcude topics related to both human and national security, the MENA region, political transitions, international development, post conflict reconstruction, international security, counterinsurgency, and global economic policy.