Stephen Dalzell

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Senior Defense Policy Researcher; Affiliate Faculty, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Washington Office


Ph.D. in political science, University of California Santa Barbara; M.A. in national security studies, California State University San Bernardino; B.A. in international management, Claremont McKenna College


Steve Dalzell is a senior defense policy researcher at RAND and an affiliate faculty member at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. His current research focuses on U.S. security assistance in Africa and U.S. Army personnel management and readiness, particularly as they relate to the Reserve Components.  Dalzell's other interests include urban security and civil-military operations, and he is part of ongoing RAND support to Defense Institution Building efforts in other countries. He completed his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2006, where his dissertation applied the Advocacy Coalition Framework for public policy analysis to the development of housing policy in Mubarak's Egypt.

A retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Dalzell served two tours with the Joint Chiefs of Staff, two years as the Army Reserve's Director of Strategy and Integration, and overseas assignments in Italy, Djibouti, Germany, Honduras, and Korea. He was an Army Fellow at RAND in 2002, and a Senior Service College Fellow at the Fletcher School, Tufts University, in 2005-06. He was a 2006 graduate of the U.S. Army War College.  Prior to joining RAND, he was a professorial lecturer at American University's School of International Service, where he taught courses on U.S. foreign policy, peace and conflict resolution, African security, and veterans issues. 

Selected Publications

Marie Besancon, Stephen Dalzell, "The Soldier and the Street: East African CIMIC in Somalia and Beyond," PRISM, 5(2), 2015

Stephen Dalzell, "Global Taxonomy," The Officer, 88(1), 2012

Stephen Dalzell, "Where the Streets Have No Names: Looking Past Operation Iraqi Freedom to Future Urban Operations," Joint Forces Quarterly, 43, 2006

Harry J. Thie, Raymond E. Conley, Henry A. Leonard, Megan Abbott, Eric V. Larson, K. Scott McMahon, Michael G. Shanley, Ronald E. Sortor, William W. Taylor, Stephen Dalzell, Roland J. Yardley, Past and Future: Insights for Reserve Component Use, RAND (TR-140), 2004

Treverton, Gregory F., David M. Oaks, Lynn M. Scott, Justin L. Adams and Stephen Dalzell, Attracting "Cutting-Edge" Skills Through Reserve Component Participation, RAND (MR-1729), 2003

Watts, Stephen, Kimberly Jackson, Sean Mann, Stephen Dalzell, Trevor Johnston, Matthew Lane, Michael J. McNerney, and Andrew Brooks, Reforming Security Sector Assistance for Africa, RAND (RB-10028-OSD/AFRICOM), 2018


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