Alyssa Demus

Alyssa Demus
International/Defense Researcher; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


M.A. in foreign policy and national security, American University; B.A. in international relations, University of Southern California; B.A. in political science, University of Southern California

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Alyssa Demus is an associate international/defense researcher at RAND and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research examines Ukrainian, Russian, and broader Eurasian political and security issues; information warfare and influence campaigns; efforts to counter adversary influence efforts; and perceptions and decisionmaking. Demus is fluent in Ukrainian—a skill she has employed in her research to include interviewing key government, military, security service, and civil society sector interlocutors.

She earned an M.A. in foreign policy and national security from American University's School of International Service, and a B.A. in international relations with a concentration in Russian and Eurasian affairs and B.A. in political science from the University of Southern California. 



Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: BBC World News; WBUR; Press Play, KCRW