Brad Youngblood is a MA student at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. He spent his summer studying Arabic in Cairo, Egypt. After growing up in rural Oklahoma, Brad graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in International Studies and minors in Political Science and Security Studies in 2012. His research there concentrated on multiple issues surrounding non-state armed actors and international border security. During this time, Brad also studied international and common law at the Université d’Auvergne in France. After graduation, Brad worked as a data analyst for a local government institution and studied Arabic intensively before moving to Morocco for six months to improve his Modern Standard Arabic and Darija. Thus far, his research at Georgetown has focused on state formation and institutional rehabilitation in post-revolution North African societies.