Matthew Lane

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Political Sci, Assoc
Washington Office


M.A. in political science, Penn State University; Ph.D. in political science, Penn State University; B.A. in political science, University of North Carolina


Matthew Lane is an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation. While at RAND, his research has focused on modernization and capabilities development for Army forces, military campaign analysis and wargaming, and Army force sufficiency analysis. He has also worked on civil war and regional security issues in South Asia and the Middle East, with a particular focus on Yemen, Syria, and Egypt. His academic work has appeared in The Journal of Politics, Conflict Management and Peace Science, and PLOS ONE. He is also the corresponding author of the Militarized Interstate Disputes (MID) 4 data and remains closely affiliated with the Correlates of War Project. Prior to joining RAND, Lane earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. peace, war, and defense and political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Research Focus

Selected Publications

Angela O'Mahony, Miranda Priebe, Bryan Frederick, Jennifer Kavanagh, Matthew Lane, Trevor Johnston, Thomas S. Szayna, Jakub Hlavka, Stephen Watts, Matthew Povlock, U.S. Presence and the Incidence of Conflict, RAND (RR-1906-A), 2018

Stephen Watts, Bryan Frederick, Jennifer Kavanagh, Angela O'Mahony, Thomas S. Szayna, Matthew Lane, Alexander Stephenson, Colin P. Clarke, A More Peaceful World? Regional Conflict Trends and U.S. Defense Planning, RAND (RR-1177-A), 2017