Krystyna Marcinek

Krystyna Marcinek
Assistant Policy Researcher; Ph.D. Candidate, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


M.Phil. in policy analysis, Pardee RAND Graduate School; M.A. in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies, Jagiellonian University, Poland


Krystyna Marcinek is an assistant policy researcher at RAND and a Ph.D. student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. Her research interests include international security, NATO, Russia, and the role of emerging technologies in the future of warfare. 

Marcinek previously held analytical and advisory positions in several government institutions in Poland, including the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and the Polish Army. Her primary focus was Russian influence on Polish and regional security. She has conducted analyses of the Ukrainian crisis, the EU migrant crisis, counterterrorism, and energy security.

Marcinek holds an M.Phil. in policy analysis from Pardee RAND Graduate School and an M.A. with honors in Russian, East European, and Eurasian studies from Jagiellonian University in Poland.


Polish; Russian; Ukrainian


  • Nuclear Weapons and Warfare

    Nuclear Weapons and Putin's 'Holy War'

    Russia's nuclear saber-rattling has shifted the stakes of the war in Ukraine. But enabling Russia's blackmail doesn't prevent the catastrophic costs of nuclear escalation. It merely shifts those costs away from Russia and into the future, inviting other nuclear states to pull the same move for their conquests.

    Nov 2, 2022

    The Hill

  • Natural Gas

    Russia Does Not Seem to Be After Ukraine's Gas Reserves

    There seems to be very little reason to believe that the true stakes of the war in Ukraine are the country's natural gas reserves, as some have speculated. Ukrainian gas fields appear too small to justify the costs of the invasion, too hard to keep, and almost impossible for Russia to exploit.

    Apr 11, 2022

    The RAND Blog