Alexandra T. Evans

Associate Policy Researcher
Washington Office

Education

Ph.D. in history, University of Virginia; M.A. in history, University of Virginia; B.A. in history, Vassar College

Overview

Alexandra T. Evans is an associate policy researcher at the RAND Corporation. Her primary research interests include strategic planning, decision-making, threat perception, and U.S. military operations in the Middle East. Prior to joining RAND, she was an Ernest May Fellow in History & Policy with the Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a postdoctoral fellow at the Clements Center for National Security at the University of Texas at Austin. She received a Ph.D. in history from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in history from Vassar College.

Commentary

  • Otto von Bismarck and Napoleon III after the Battle of Sedan in 1870,  <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BismarckundNapoleonIII.jpg">Painting</a> by Wilhelm Camphausen/Public Domain

    Thinking in (Napoleonic) Times: Historical Warnings for an Era of Great-Power Competition

    Over the last several years, great-power competition has become a major topic of discussion, prompting policymakers, scholars, and pundits alike to look to the past for lessons to explain the emerging contest between the United States and China. Considering how a variety of historical powers have faced rising challengers can aid our understanding of the challenges ahead.

    Dec 18, 2020 War on the Rocks

  • U.S. President Jimmy Carter shakes hands with Egyptian President Anwar Sadat and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin at the signing of the Egyptian-Israeli Peace Treaty on the grounds of the White House, Washington, D.C., March 26, 1979, photo by Warren K. Leffler/Reuters

    Carter's Compromise: Cowardice or Calculation?

    Jørgen Jensehaugen's Arab-Israeli Diplomacy Under Carter is a valuable addition to the literature on American peacemaking efforts that deepens our understanding of the difficult choices future administrations will confront in their effort to defuse the Arab-Israeli conflict.

    Dec 20, 2019 Texas National Security Review

  • Marines with Combat Logistics Battalion 11, 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, conduct live-fire, fire and movement drills near Camp Beuhring, Kuwait, March 5, 2017, photo by Sgt. Xzavior McNeal/U.S. Marine Corps photo

    Bad Idea: Assuming the Small Wars Era Is Over

    The national security community doesn't need to deny the potential for future great power conflict—or neglect to prepare for it—in order to acknowledge the enduring reality of asymmetric threats. Containing, resolving, and even preventing smaller conflicts is essential to avoiding bigger ones.

    Dec 18, 2019 Center for Strategic and International Studies

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