Yousuf Abdelfatah

Research Assistant
Washington Office


B.A. in political science, Rutgers University; B.A. in economics, Rutgers University


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. 

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  • An Egyptian military vehicle on the highway in northern Sinai, Egypt, May 25, 2015, photo by Asmaa Waguih/Reuters

    Making Headway Against the Sinai Insurgency

    Since 2013, Egypt has been engaged in the Sinai Peninsula against a deadly ISIS-affiliated insurgency. To make headway, the Egyptian government could focus on providing services in the region and repairing its relationship with citizens.

    Aug 12, 2019 Small Wars Journal