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Adam C. Seitz

Adam C. Seitz is Research Assistant Professor for Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University (MCU) Brute Krulak Center, 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 his position, Mr. Seitz supports the MCU by providing 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. Mr. Seitz is also adjunct faculty for the MCU Command and Staff College Distance Education Program (CSCDEP), where he designed and is teaching the online enhanced scholarly elective entitled "The Yemen Quagmire: Great Power Competition, Internal Wars, and the Gray Zone" for the MCU College and Distance Education and Training (CDET) Continuing Education Program (CEP).

Prior to joining MCU in 2009, Mr. Seitz was a research associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies 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 U.S. Army as an Intelligence Analyst and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Mr. Seitz earned his B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado at Boulder and his M.A. 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).

Recent Publications

Review of Marieke Brandt, Tribes and Politics in Yemen: A History of the Houthi Conflict (New York:Oxford University Press, 2017) in International Journal of Middle East Studies, 51:1 February 2019, pp. 168-171.

"Planning for the Gray Zone: The Yemen Quagmire,” MES Insights 9:4, August 2018.

“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 (Bonn: Center for Applied Research in Partnership with the Orient, Forthcoming 2017).

“Houthi Expansionism, Internal War, Geopolitics, and the Yemen Quagmire,” MES Insights 8:3, June 2017.

“Patronage Politics in Transition: Challenges to the 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” ed. Elke Grawert and Zeinab Abul-Magd (Roman and Littlefield, 2016).

“Avoiding Yemen’s Abyss,” MES Insights 6:1, February 2015.

“Ties That Bind and Divide: The ‘Arab Spring’ and Yemeni Civil-Military Relations” in Why Yemen Matters: A Society in Transition, ed. Helen Lackner (Saqi Books, 2014). 

“Yemen”, in World Almanac of Islamism 2014, American Foreign Policy Council (Rowman and Littlefield, 2014).

“Houthi Advances in Yemen Pose Security Dilemma for U.S.,” MES Insights 5:6, November 2014.

Limitations of the ‘Yemen Model’ to Counterterrorism,” MES Insights 5:5, September 2014.

“Orienting Our Sights on the Future: Opportunities and Challenges of the Arab Spring,” ed. with Amin Tarzi, MES Monograph No. 3, August 2014.

“Buildings Yemen Maritime Security Capacity,” MES Insights 5:2, April 2014.

“In Yemen, ‘If Not Drones, Then What?’” MES Insights 4:6, December 2013.

Introduction” and “Types and Levels of Competition” in U.S. and Iranian Strategic Competition, co-author with Anthony Cordesman et al. (Center for Strategic and International Studies, 2012).

“Military Restructuring and Yemen’s Stalled Transition,” MES Insights 3:6, November 2012.


Middle East Studies, Brute Krulak Center
Research Assistant Professor