Kim Cragin

Senior Political Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D., University of Cambridge; M.P.P., Duke University; B.A. in history, Oklahoma Baptist University

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R. Kim Cragin is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and adjunct professor at the University of Maryland. She spent three months on the staff of General David Petraeus in 2008. In addition to Iraq, Cragin has conducted fieldwork in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, Lebanon, Egypt, Colombia, Northern Ireland, northwest China, Sri Lanka, southern Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the southern Philippines. Cragin managed the RAND Terrorism Chronology between 2000 and 2007. Her RAND publications include Arms Trafficking and Colombia (2002), Terrorism and Development (2003), The Dynamic Terrorist Threat (2004), Dissuading Terror (2005), and Sharing the Dragon's Teeth: Terrorist Groups and the Exchange of New Technologies (2007). Cragin has also published academic articles, including “The Early History of al-Qa'ida” in The Historical Journal (2008). Before coming to RAND, Cragin attended the Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University and the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, where she was awarded the Boren Fellowship to study religious extremism. She completed her doctoral work at Cambridge University (Clare College) in June 2008; her dissertation was titled “Palestinian Resistance Through the Eyes of Hamas.”

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