Edward Geist

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Associate Policy Researcher
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in history, University of North Carolina; M.A. in history, University of North Carolina; B.A. in history, William & Mary College


Edward Geist is an Associate Policy Researcher at the RAND Corporation. His research interests include Russia, nuclear weapons, and artificial intelligence. Formerly a MacArthur Nuclear Security Fellow at Stanford's Center for International Security and Cooperation and a Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at RAND, his research interests include Russian defense policy, civil defense, and the potential impact of emerging technologies on nuclear strategy. Geist received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 2013 and his book Armageddon Insurance: Civil Defense in the United States and Soviet Union, 1945-1991, is to be published later this year.