Militarization of the Middle East began long before the US invasion of Iraq
Elias Yousif is an arms trade and security assistance researcher with the Center for International Policy’s (CIP) Security Assistance Monitor (SAM), where he researches and analyzes important trends and developments in U.S. security aid and cooperation in the context of broader U.S. foreign policy. Elias joins CIP with several years of experience in foreign affairs research and human rights advocacy. He was previously with the Atlantic Council as part of their external relations team. Prior to joining the Atlantic Council, he was a Campaigns and Research Officer with Crisis Action, an international civilian protection advocacy organization. While with Crisis Action, based both in Beirut, Lebanon, and Washington D.C., Elias provided in-depth research and analysis to a global coalition of civil society organizations campaigning for civilian protection in South Sudan, Syria, and Yemen. He holds a Bachelors degree in International Relations from American University, with a focus on Middle East politics and U.S. foreign policy.