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 an economist at the RAND Corporation. His research uses qualitative and quantitative methods to study policymaking in fragile and instability-prone countries, with a focus on development- and stability-focused programming. His work at RAND includes assessments of U.S. counterinsurgency and counterterrorism efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria; economic analyses of Brexit, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, 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

  • Strategic Evaluation of the Counter-ISIS Train and Equip Fund
  • Stabilization and Civilian Security in Yemen
  • The American Way of Irregular War
  • The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  • Research Support to Special Operations Joint Task Force - Afghanistan

Selected Publications

Linda Robinson, Daniel Egel, Ryan Andrew Brown, Measuring the effectiveness of special operations, RAND (RR-2504-A), 2019

Daniel Egel, Andrew Parasiliti, Charles P. Ries, Dori Walker, Estimating the economic benefits of Levant integration, RAND (RR-2375-NLI), 2019

Charles T. Cleveland, Ryan Crocker, Daniel Egel, Andrew M. Liepman, David Maxwell, An American way of political warfare : a proposal, RAND (PE-304), 2018

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-RC), 2017

Daniel Egel, Adam R. Grissom, John P. Godges, Jennifer Kavanagh, Howard J. Shatz, Estimating the Value of Overseas Security Commitments, RAND Corporation (RR-518-AF), 2016

Daniel Egel, Charles Ries, Ben Connable, Todd Helmus, Eric Robinson, Isaac Baruffi, Melissa Bradley, Kurt Card, Kathleen Loa, Sean Mann, Stephan Seabrook, Fernando Sedano, and Robert Stewart, Investing in the Fight: Assessing the Use of the Commander's Emergency Response Program in Afghanistan, RAND Corporation (RR-1508), 2016

C. Ross Anthony, Daniel Egel, Charles P. Ries, Craig Bond, Andrew Liepman, Jeffrey Martini, Steven Simon, Shira Efron, Bradley D. Stein, Lynsay Ayer, Mary E. Vaiana, The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, RAND Corporation (RR-740-DCR), 2015

Honors & Awards

  • Mentorship Award, RAND Corporation