Stephen Dalzell

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Senior Defense Policy Researcher
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 joined RAND in January 2016 as a senior defense policy researcher. 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 on the Joint 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.

Dalzell is also an adjunct professorial lecturer at American University's School of International Service, where he teaches courses on U.S. foreign policy, African security, and veterans issues. He also serves on the DC Mayor's Advisory Board on Veterans Affairs.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Adjunct Professorial Lecturer, School of International Service, American University

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


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