Stephanie Pezard

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Political Scientist
Washington Office

Education

Ph.D. in political science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; M.A. in history, French Institute of Political Science, Paris (Sciences Po); M.A. in political science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; B.A. in history, French Institute of Political Science, Paris (Sciences Po)

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Overview

Stephanie Pezard is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on security cooperation and security force assistance; nation-building, including disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) programs and security sector reform (SSR); African policy and security issues, with a focus on West Africa and the Sahel; humanitarian assistance and disaster relief; civil wars and counterinsurgency; French foreign and security cooperation policy; and transatlantic relations.

Prior to joining RAND, Pezard was a researcher with the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey think-tank, where she authored publications on the arms procurement strategies of insurgent groups and the prevalence of small arms in post-conflict settings in Mauritania, Mali, and Burundi. She was also a visiting scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, New York and a TAPIR Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University and the RAND Corporation.

Pezard received her Ph.D. in political science from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva.

Selected Publications

Laurel E. Miller, Jeffrey Martini, F. Stephen Larrabee, Angel Rabasa, Stephanie Pezard, Julie Taylor, and Tewodaj Mengistu, Democratization in the Arab World: Prospects and Lessons from Around the Globe, Small Arms Survey (RB-9673-RC), 2012

Austin Long, Stephanie Pezard, Bryce Loidolt, and Todd C. Helmus, Locals Rule: Historical Lessons for Creating Local Defense Forces for Afghanistan and Beyond, RAND (MG-1232-CFSOCC), 2012

Angel Rabasa, John Gordon IV, Peter Chalk, Christopher S. Chivvis, Audra K. Grant, K. Scott McMahon, Laurel E. Miller, Marco Overhaus, Stephanie Pezard, From Insurgency to Stability: Volume I: Key Capabilities and Practices, RAND (MG-1111/1-OSD), 2011

Angel Rabasa, John Gordon IV, Peter Chalk, Audra K. Grant, K. Scott McMahon, Stephanie Pezard, Caroline Reilly, David Ucko, S. Rebecca Zimmerman, From Insurgency to Stability: Volume II: Insights from Selected Case Studies, RAND (MG-1111/2-OSD), 2011

Jennifer D.P. Moroney, Celeste Ward Gventer, Stephanie Pezard, Laurence Smallman, Lessons from U.S. Allies in Security Cooperation with Third Countries: The Cases of Australia, France, and the United Kingdom, RAND (TR-972-AF), 2011

Stephanie Pezard with Anne-Kathrin Glatz, Arms in and around Mauritania: National and Regional Security Implication, Small Arms Survey, 2010

Stephanie Pezard and Savannah de Tessières, "Insecurity is Also a War": An Assessment of Armed Violence in Burundi, Small Arms Survey, 2009

Nicolas Florquin and Stephanie Pezard, "Small-Arms Trafficking Threatens the Stability of Northern Mali," Jane's Intelligence Review, 17(9), 2005

Recent Media Appearances

Commentary: CNN; U.S. News & World Report

Commentary

  • Soldiers of the Multinational Force of Central Africa watch over a crowd during a religious reconciliation tour in the outskirts of Bangui, December 11, 2013

    The Central African Republic Must Save Itself

    The coincidence of the passing of Nelson Mandela last week with France's decision to intervene in the Central African Republic highlights a number of inconvenient truths about Africa and the role of the international community in its affairs.

    Dec 13, 2013 | U.S. News & World Report

  • A U.S. Marine and a Philippine airman assist an injured Filipino woman off a KC-130J Super Hercules at Vilamore Air Base, Manila, Republic of the Philippines

    Responding in Typhoon Haiyan's Wake

    Prior responses to other recent disasters offer important lessons. Improved preparedness and efficient coordination mechanisms can help ensure that, when time is of the essence, the United States provides the most effective response.

    Nov 12, 2013 | U.S. News & World Report

  • Malians attending a concert for their upcoming elections

    Remembering What Mali Needs

    Free and fair elections are important, to be sure, but what Mali really needs is a leader who is dedicated to democracy, unity and reform of Mali's politics and institutions, write Stephanie Pezard and Michael Shurkin.

    Jul 26, 2013 | U.S. News & World Report

  • Touareg rebels in Mali hoist a flag

    The al Qaeda Threat in North Africa

    Last week's terrorist attack at the In Amenas gas complex in Algeria, along with the recent success of the militant groups fighting government forces in Mali, indicate al Qaeda and other terrorist groups are gaining influence in North Africa. RAND experts weigh in on the latest developments.

    Jan 24, 2013 | RAND.org

  • Malian refugees

    The French Intervention in Mali Is Necessary, but Risky

    No solution is likely to offer more than a short-term reprise if it is not accompanied by real progress toward resolving Mali's political crisis and strengthening the Malian state and Malian democracy, write Stephanie Pezard and Michael Shurkin.

    Jan 17, 2013 | U.S. News & World Report

  • Malian troops stand guard outside Kati Barracks in Bamako, the headquarters of coup leader Amadou Sanogo

    France Needs More Than Force in Mali

    France should coordinate military action with efforts to engage with local factions to use as partners and proxies, write Stephanie Pezard and Michael Shurkin. This is, in effect, how France conquered and secured northern Mali in the first place a century ago.

    Jan 17, 2013 | CNN

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