Daniel Egel

Daniel Egel
Director, RAND Economics and National Security Initiative; Senior Economist; Professor of Policy Analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School


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 RAND, director of RAND's Initiative for Economics and Security, RAND's Department of State portfolio manager, and a professor of policy analysis at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Egel's research focuses on the intersection of economics and national security, particularly as it applies to U.S. overseas activities. Recent research includes analyses of U.S.-China economic competition and cooperation; U.S. coercive, cooperative, and industrial economic policies; 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; examinations of the national security implications of digital currencies; economic analyses of Brexit, postconflict reconstruction in Syria, and 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 and as the lead researcher for an international team assessing job creation opportunities for Syrian refugees. He earned his Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Selected Publications

Bartkus, Viva, David Cortright, Charles T. Cleveland, Daniel Egel, and Michael J. McNerney, Toward a New Paradigm in U.S. Foreign Policy: Harnessing the Power of American Society in Pursuit of U.S. National Security Objectives, RAND Corporation (PE-A2650-1), 2023

Egel, Daniel, Jim Mignano, Sale Lilly, James V. Marrone, Max Rangeley, Charles P. Ries, Jessie Wang, and Dulani Woods, Central Bank Digital Currencies and U.S. Strategic Competition with China, RAND Corporation (RR-A2911-1), 2024

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

Robinson, Linda, Daniel Egel, and Ryan Andrew Brown, Measuring the Effectiveness of Special Operations, RAND Corporation (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

Anthony, C. Ross, Daniel Egel, Charles P. Ries, Craig A. Bond, Andrew Liepman, Jeffrey Martini, Steven Simon, Shira Efron, Bradley D. Stein, Lynsay Ayer, and Mary E. Vaiana, The Costs of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, RAND Corporation (RR-740-1), 2015

Recent Media Appearances

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