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

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

Charles T. Cleveland & Daniel Egel, The American Way of Irregular War, RAND (PE-A301-1), 2020

Daniel Egel, C. Ross Anthony, Shira Efron, Rita T. Karam, Mary E. Vaiana, & Charles P. Ries, Alternatives in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, RAND (RR-A725-1), 2020

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

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


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    Unconventional Supply Network Operations: A New Frontier in Global Competition

    The technological advances of recent decades that have made supply networks drastically more efficient, valuable, and essential to every element of our daily lives have also created a highly interdependent, largely unsecured portfolio of potential attack surfaces.

    Apr 19, 2021 RealClearDefense

  • People walk at a street market in Sanaa, Yemen, February 5, 2021, photo by Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

    Congressional Options to Advance Peace in Yemen

    An enduring peace in Yemen will require addressing Yemen's most immediate needs while working to develop its economic, political, and security institutions. U.S. lawmakers have the tools to help shape this effort and could help end the conflict and bring stability to Yemen.

    Mar 29, 2021 The Hill

  • L-R: Bahrain Foreign Minister Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, U.S. President Donald Trump, and UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan at the Abraham Accords signing ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., September 15, 2020, photo by Gripas Yuri/ABACA/Reuters

    Abraham Accords Offer Historic Opportunity to Spur Mideast Growth

    The Abraham Accords have heralded a dramatic shift in the relationship between Israel and the Muslim nations of the world. While these accords represent a major political breakthrough, they also represent a possible new chapter in the region's development: away from conflict and toward a shared economic vision of prosperity.

    Mar 25, 2021 United Press International

  • A pro-government tribal fighter stands at his position in Marib, Yemen, October 2, 2020, photo by Ali Owidha/Reuters

    Pathways Toward Peace in Yemen: National Reconciliation or a 'Phased' Approach?

    Any pathway to an enduring peace in Yemen could take decades to recover from the economic, political, and social costs of this civil war. A phased approach could require patience from the Yemeni people and a robust and enduring commitment from the international community. But war has brought Yemen to this point, and there are few remaining options.

    Mar 5, 2021 The RAND Blog

  • A boy with followers of the Houthi movement carries a rifle during a rally to commemorate the Ashura, the holiest day for Shi'ite Muslims, in Sanaa, Yemen, August 30, 2020, photo by Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

    Yemen's Chaos Creates a New Opportunity for the Biden-Harris Team

    More than one-quarter million Yemenis have been killed in the nation's civil war. And 150,000 children have died from starvation and left Yemen on the brink of collapse. The foundations of peace must be Yemeni-led, but there is much that the new U.S. administration could do to support the process.

    Nov 24, 2020 The National Interest

  • An aerial view of the Pentagon building in Washington D.C., June 15, 2005, photo by Jason Reed/Reuters

    Defense Budget Implications of the COVID-19 Pandemic

    The COVID-19 pandemic is taking a dramatic toll on the U.S. economy. This could have significant medium-term implications for the U.S. defense budget. The U.S. Department of Defense will need to find efficiencies that are of at least the same magnitude as the recent sequestration.

    Apr 7, 2020 RealClearDefense

  • An empty market after a curfew was imposed to halt the spread of COVID-19 in the holy city of Najaf, Iraq, March 18, 2020

    Economic Consequences of COVID-19 in the Middle East: Implications for U.S. National Security

    The global COVID-19 pandemic will have a dramatic effect on economies across the globe. But the Middle East may be particularly affected, given the simultaneous fall in oil prices. The economic consequences of this pandemic are also likely to affect U.S. interests in the region.

    Apr 1, 2020 The RAND Blog

  • Artificial intelligence concept with face, photo by kentoh/Getty Images

    AI and Irregular Warfare: An Evolution, Not a Revolution

    How will artificial intelligence change the way wars are fought? The answer, of course, depends. And it mainly depends on what type of wars are being fought. And how will AI affect the type of wars that the United States is most likely to fight?

    Oct 31, 2019 War on the Rocks

  • F-15E Strike Eagles, assigned to the 494th Fighter Squadron from Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, rest on the flightline at Los Llanos Air Base, Spain, September 16, 2016

    Economic Benefits of U.S. Overseas Security Commitments Appear to Outweigh Costs

    U.S. policymakers should carefully weigh the potential losses against the potential gains when considering the desirability of large-scale retrenchments of U.S. overseas security commitments.

    Sep 23, 2016 The RAND Blog