Amanda Kadlec

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Policy Analyst
Washington Office


M.A. in foreign policy, George Washington University; B.S. in finance, St. Louis University


Amanda is a Policy Analyst at RAND who specializes in nonstate actors and international security, with specific emphasis on the security, political, and governance complexities the Middle East and North Africa. For roughly five years, she lived, worked, and conducted research in Egypt, Lebanon, Libya, and Kuwait, with research positions at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars, the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Cairo, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Middle East Center in Beirut. She also independently designed and conducted a research project investigating Kuwaiti youth political opinion as a Fulbright Fellow. Prior to RAND, she worked as an investment banker in public finance and later on U.S. Senate and Congressional campaigns. Some recent RAND research includes assessment of Tunisia's security environment, U.S. terrorism prevention programs, deterrence, and security cooperation. She is fluent in Spanish, highly proficient in Levantine

Honors & Awards

  • Fellowship, Fulbright


  • Migrants at the Anti-Illegal Immigration Authority in Tripoli, Libya, September 10, 2017

    Addressing Europe's Migrant Crisis Takes More Than Stopping the Boats from Libya

    Treating migration from Libya as a border security issue has reduced migration across the Mediterranean. But efforts to keep migrants in Libya are fraught with risks, exacerbate a massive human rights problem, and do not address Libya's long-term economic and political stabilization.

    Sep 25, 2017 Foreign Policy Concepts

  • A tank belonging to special forces of the Libyan army enters the area of clashes with Islamist militants in their last stronghold in Benghazi, Libya, July 5, 2017

    How the Gulf Row Could Tear Libya Apart Even Further

    Since Gadhafi was removed from power, Gulf nations have been vying for position in Libya through proxy forces to influence political outcomes. Libya's rival militias — armed and funded by their respective Gulf sponsors — set the framework for the civil conflict that erupted in 2014 and continues today. Current tensions between Qatar and its neighbors are adding to the instability.

    Jul 7, 2017 Foreign Policy Concepts

  • Russian President Vladimir Putin attends a news conference in Moscow, December 23, 2016

    What Americans Need to Know if Russia Intervenes in Libya's Civil War

    Indications that Russia could intervene militarily in Libya's civil war are growing. If it does, the Trump White House will face a tangle of unpleasant choices with far-reaching consequences.

    Mar 26, 2017 Fortune

  • Soldiers from a force aligned with Libya's new unity government walk along a road during an advance on the eastern and southern outskirts of the Islamic State stronghold of Sirte, June 9, 2016

    All Eyes on Sirte: Beating the Islamic State, but Losing Libya

    At a time when the U.N.-sponsored Government of National Accord could be working to unite Libya's armed groups and promote political stability, it has instead become entwined in the race for Sirte.

    Jun 23, 2016 War on the Rocks

  • Unemployed graduates hold a demonstration to demand the government provide them with job opportunities, in Tunis, Tunisia, January 20, 2016

    Tunisia's Paradoxical Political Union: Ennahda and Nidaa Tounes

    In Tunisia, healthy disagreement between political parties has fostered some real change since the 2011 uprisings and throughout the course of the transition, but the persistent power-sharing dynamics in play aren't advancing democracy.

    Feb 5, 2016 Foreign Policy Concepts

  • Tunisian soldiers and police patrol near Algeria's border in Kasserine, Tunisia July 4, 2015 after an Islamist militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners

    Algeria: The Bastion of North Africa

    Algeria could be a key regional partner for the United States and France in security and counterterrorism efforts against Al Qaeda and the Islamic State. It has a clear interest in quelling the threat posed by regional jihadists and it has local knowledge that could be helpful to U.S. counterterrorism efforts.

    Aug 11, 2015 The National Interest