Yashodhara R.L. Rana is a Ph.D. candidate at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy analyst at RAND. A Nepalese citizen, Rana has a B.A. in political science cum laude from Dartmouth College. She was awarded the Rockefeller Prize for Best Thesis in Comparative Politics, Government Department, for her thesis on the role of ethnic parties in mediating ethnic tensions in countries with large minority populations. She also studied as an exchange student at Keble College, Oxford University and Universite de Lyon. Rana has served as a Microfinance analyst/volunteer with the Ghana Youth Leadership Alliance and as a research assistant in the Russia-Eurasia program of the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Washington, D.C. She was awarded the Davis scholarship to attend a certificate program at the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a United World College scholarship to attend Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific, British Columbia, Canada. For her work at PRGS, she is interested in policy issues in defense and international development.