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Middle East Studies

Middle East Studies at Marine Corps University


Senior Research Associate, Middle East Studies

Marine Corps University, Quantico, VA

Adam C. Seitz
Senior Research Associate, MES

Adam C. Seitz is the senior research associate and instructor for Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University (MCU), where his research focuses on the civil-military relations, the security sector, the role of armed non-state actors, and conflict studies in Yemen, Iran, the Red Sea and Gulf region. In this position Mr. Seitz supports MCU as a resident scholar with expertise in Middle East security and conflict studies, representing the Marine Corps at various academic and professional forums, and providing subject matter expert support and advice to Professional Military Education programs. 

Prior to joining MCU in 2009, Mr. Seitz was a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Arleigh A. Burke Chair in Strategy where his research focus was in Middle East and South Asia security studies, weapons of mass destruction, weapons proliferation, terrorism and asymmetric warfare. His research at CSIS culminated with the publication of Iranian Weapons of Mass Destruction: The Birth of a Regional Nuclear Arms Race? (Praeger Security International, 2009), co-authored with Dr. Anthony Cordesman. Mr. Seitz served in the US Army as an Intelligence Analyst and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Seitz earned his BA in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his MA in International Relations and Conflict Resolution from American Military University. His latest works include “‘Ties That Bind and Divide: The ‘Arab Spring’ and Yemeni Civil-Military Relations” in Why Yemen Matters: A Society in Transition (Saqi Books, 2014), “Patronage Politics in Transition: Political and Economic Interests of the Yemeni Armed Forces” in Businessmen in Arms: How the Military and Other Armed Groups Profit in the MENA Region (Rowman & Littlefield,  2016), and “The Tribal-Military-Commercial Complex and the Challenges to Security Sector Reform in Yemen” in Addressing Security Sector Reform in Yemen: Challenges and Opportunities for Intervention during and post-Conflict (CARPO, 2017).


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