Arturo Munoz

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Senior Political Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in history, M.A. in anthropology, Stanford University; A.B.D. in anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles; B.A. in history and Spanish literature, Loyola Marymount University

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Arturo Munoz is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND, Munoz served 29 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, both in the Directorate of Operations and in the Directorate of Intelligence. He created successful counterterrorism, counterinsurgency, and counternarcotics programs, from initial planning to full implementation in the field. As an analyst, he wrote groundbreaking intelligence assessments on insurgent movements in Latin America, which pioneered the application of anthropology to intelligence. In various supervisory positions, both at headquarters and in the field, he managed campaigns with verifiable impact in Latin America, Southwest Asia, the Balkans, the Middle East, and North Africa. Munoz received his B.A. in history and Spanish literature from Loyola University; his A.B.D. in anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles; and his M.A. in anthropology and Ph.D. in history from Stanford University.

Previous Positions

Supervisor/Operations Officer, CIA Counterterrorism Center

Recent Projects

  • Civil defense forces in Afghanistan
  • USMIL information operations in Afghanistan
  • Taliban strategy and tactics
  • Taliban propaganda and psychological operations
  • Taliban shadow government


  • Afghan security forces sit on top of a vehicle as they patrol outside of Kunduz city, October 1, 2015

    RAND Experts Q&A on the Fighting in Kunduz

    The Taliban battled its way into the center of Kunduz this week, with media reports saying it seized control of the northern Afghanistan city at least for a time. A trio of RAND experts participated in a Q&A on the situation and its significance.

    Oct 2, 2015 The RAND Blog

  • Prison as Indoctrination Center

    The Taliban view incarceration foremost as a means to attract new recruits and enhance the jihadist resolve and ideological purity of their own members, writes Arturo Munoz.

    Apr 26, 2011