Daniel Egel

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Ph.D. in economics, University of California, Berkeley; B.A. in biology, University of Chicago

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Daniel Egel is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and RAND's Department of State portfolio manager. His research is focused on policymaking in fragile and instability-prone countries, with a focus on development- and stability-focused programming. His work at RAND includes a holistic analysis of America's irregular warfare capability; assessments of U.S. counterinsurgency and counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria; analyses of the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; economic analyses of Brexit, post-conflict reconstruction in Syria, and the value of U.S. international security commitments; and support to the peace process in Yemen.

Egel served as an embedded analyst with the Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan and NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan, the lead researcher for a joint ILO/UNDP/WFP team assessing job creation opportunities for Syrian refugees and the communities hosting them, a postdoctoral scholar at the University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, a consultant for the Middle East Youth Initiative at the Brookings Institution, and an in-house consultant with the Yemeni Social Fund for Development.

Egel earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Previous Positions

Embedded Analyst, NATO Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan; Embedded Analyst, Combined Forces Special Operations Component Command-Afghanistan; Consultant, Yemen Social Fund for Development, Sana'a, Yemen; Research Team Lead, United Nations Development Programme, Sub-regional Response Facility for the Syrian Crisis (Jordan); Postdoctoral Scholar, University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation; Consultant, Middle East Youth Initiative, The Brookings Institution; Senior Research Assistant, The Brookings Institution

Recent Projects

  • Building an Enduring Peace in Yemen
  • The American Way of Irregular War
  • Alternatives in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Evaluation of the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund
  • The Middle East Development Initiative

Selected Publications

Egel, Daniel, Shira Efron, and Linda Robinson, Peace Dividend: Widening the Economic Growth and Development Benefits of the Abraham Accords, RAND Corporation (PE-A1149-1), 2021

Cleveland, Charles T., Daniel Egel, The American Way of Irregular War: An Analytical Memoir, RAND Corporation (PE-A301-1), 2020

Egel, Daniel, C. Ross Anthony, Shira Efron, Rita T. Karam, Mary E. Vaiana, and Charles P. Ries, Alternatives in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, RAND Corporation (RR-A725-1), 2021

Linda Robinson, Daniel Egel, & Ryan Andrew Brown, Measuring the Effectiveness of Special Operations, RAND (RR-2504), 2019

Cleveland, Charles T., Ryan C. Crocker, Daniel Egel, Andrew Liepman, and David Maxwell, An American Way of Political Warfare: A Proposal, RAND Corporation (PE-304), 2018

Daniel Egel, Andrew Parasiliti, Charles P. Ries, & Dori Walker, Estimating the Economic Benefits of Levant Integration, RAND (RR-2375), 2019

Eric Robinson, Daniel Egel, Patrick B. Johnston, Sean Mann, Alexander D. Rothenberg, & David Stebbins, When the Islamic State Comes to Town: The Economic Impact of Islamic State Governance in Iraq and Syria, RAND (RR-1970), 2017

C. Ross Anthony, Daniel Egel, Charles P. Ries, et al., The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, RAND (RR-740-1), 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Mentorship Award, RAND
  • Gold Award for Innovation, RAND
  • Leonard Schaeffer Medal, RAND

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: ABC News Australia Online; Americans for Peace Now; Israel Policy Forum