Amanda Kadlec

Policy Analyst
Washington Office


M.A. in foreign policy, George Washington University; B.S. in finance, St. Louis University


Amanda Kadlec is a policy analyst at the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND, she assessed political, militia, and tribal dynamics in Libya as a North Africa analyst on U.S. government contract.

Kadlec has held research assistantships at the Carnegie Middle East Center in Beirut, Lebanon, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Cairo, and Chatham House in London. As a part of her graduate work, she conducted in-country research on youth political opinion in Kuwait in 2012-13 as a Fulbright Fellow, and in Libya to research the post-Gaddafi transition. Kadlec has specialized in Islamist movements, democratization, civil-military relations, alliance-building, and U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and North Africa. She holds a B..S in finance from St. Louis University and a M.A. in U.S. foreign policy from George Washington University. She speaks advanced Arabic and Spanish.

Research Focus

Honors & Awards

  • Fellowship, Fulbright


  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference in Moscow, December 23, 2016

    What Americans Need to Know if Russia Intervenes in Libya's Civil War

    Indications that Russia could intervene militarily in Libya's civil war are growing. If it does, the Trump White House will face a tangle of unpleasant choices with far-reaching consequences.

    Mar 26, 2017 Fortune

  • Soldiers from a force aligned with Libya's new unity government walk along a road during an advance on the eastern and southern outskirts of the Islamic State stronghold of Sirte, June 9, 2016

    All Eyes on Sirte: Beating the Islamic State, but Losing Libya

    At a time when the U.N.-sponsored Government of National Accord could be working to unite Libya's armed groups and promote political stability, it has instead become entwined in the race for Sirte.

    Jun 23, 2016 War on the Rocks

  • Unemployed graduates hold a demonstration to demand the government provide them with job opportunities, in Tunis, Tunisia, January 20, 2016

    Tunisia's Paradoxical Political Union: Ennahda and Nidaa Tounes

    In Tunisia, healthy disagreement between political parties has fostered some real change since the 2011 uprisings and throughout the course of the transition, but the persistent power-sharing dynamics in play aren't advancing democracy.

    Feb 5, 2016 Foreign Policy Concepts

  • Tunisian soldiers and police patrol near Algeria's border in Kasserine, Tunisia July 4, 2015 after an Islamist militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners

    Algeria: The Bastion of North Africa

    Algeria could be a key regional partner for the United States and France in security and counterterrorism efforts against Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. It has a clear interest in quelling the threat posed by regional jihadists and it has local knowledge that could be helpful to U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

    Aug 11, 2015 The National Interest