The Ebbs and Flows of the Post Arab Spring Middle East: Towards a New Way of Strategic Thinking

Date:               9 May 2019

Location:       UMW Dahlgren Campus – University Hall (Room 110)

Refreshments will be served at 8:00am, and the lecture begins promptly at 8:30am.

The lecture is open to the public.  Registration is requested as space is limited (registration form below).


Join CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein, USN, author and Defense Department Subject Matter Expert, as he discusses the Post-Arab Spring environment and the ebbs and flows of such organizations as ISIS and the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.  These nuanced rhythms are necessary as the United States maintains its strategic edge in the face of rising competitors like China, and the penetration of the region through the Maritime Silk Road, and an assertive Russia, who has positioned forces in Syria and the Eastern Mediterranean.  Managing the Middle East strategically, will require a higher level of multi-disciplinary, as well as, inter-generational thinking as we cope with the forces of technology coupled with economics, culture, and language.  CDR Aboul-Enein’s remarks will be non-attribution and represent his own opinions and not that of the US Government or Department of the Defense.


CDR Youssef Aboul-Enein is active duty with over 25 years of service in the United States Navy.  He is currently a Subject Matter Expert at the Defense Combating Terrorism Center advising the Defense Department and Intelligence Community on ISIS and al-Qaida Associated Movements. CDR Aboul-Enein has served as Country Director for North Africa and Egypt; and Assistant Country Director for the Arabian Gulf from 2002 to 2006, representing the views of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld before Congress, the National Security Council, and in military to military talks with nations of the Middle East.  He has taught a graduate level course entitled, “Islam, Islamist Political Theories, and Militant Islamist Ideologies: Understanding Nuance,” at both the National Defense University and National Intelligence University.  CDR Aboul-Enein is the author of several books on the Middle East, and is best known for his book, “Militant Islamist Ideology,” published by Naval Institute Press in 2010, the book is included in courses taught at Cambridge University, John Hopkins, Department of Homeland Security, the Joint Forces Staff College, and the Defense Information School.  His latest book co-authored with Joseph Stanik, is “Middle East 101,” which answers 101 essential questions on the Middle East from antiquity to the fall of the ISIS caliphate will be released in May by Naval Institute Press.