Author Biography

Daniel LaGraffe is a Presidential Management Fellow in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and is on assignment to the Defense Plans Division of the Office of the Defense Advisor at the United States Mission to NATO. He holds an MA in Security Policy Studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and a BA in Political Science from Arizona State University. Previously, Daniel LaGraffe worked as an intelligence analyst at Sotera Defense Solutions and served in the United States Marine Corps.




During the Arab Spring, Egyptians revolted against decades of poor governance and failed institutions. A wide range of grievances contributed to the eventual fall of the Mubarak regime, and most of these grievances were influenced by the demographic composition of the Egyptian population. This paper argues that the youth bulge in Egypt played a major role in the political transition and as such serves as the prime example of the intersection of demographics, security, and the Arab Spring.