Alexander H. Noyes

Photo of Alexander Noyes
Political Scientist
Washington Office


Ph.D. in politics, Oxford University; Master's in African studies, Oxford University; Bachelor's in government, Connecticut College


Alexander Noyes is a political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Prior to this position, he was an adjunct political scientist at RAND, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and an adjunct research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses. From 2015 to 2017 he served as team lead for Niger and Nigeria at the US Security Governance Initiative, a White House initiative focused on improving security governance in Africa. He also has previous research experience at the Council on Foreign Relations and the Department of Defense's Africa Center for Strategic Studies. He focuses on peace and security issues, including security sector reform, security cooperation, defense institution building, governance, power sharing, violent extremism, and electoral violence, mostly in Africa and the Balkans. His work and commentary have appeared in a variety of media and academic outlets, including the New York Times, International Herald Tribune, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Newsweek, Foreign Policy, CNN, BBC World, BBC Radio, Voice of America, Vice News, International Peacekeeping, African Studies Quarterly, and several edited volumes. His latest publication is “Plus ça Change? The Dynamics of Security Sector Reform in Zimbabwe,” forthcoming in the Oxford Handbook of Zimbabwean Studies. He holds a doctorate from the Department of Politics and International Relations at Oxford University, a master's degree in African studies from Oxford, and a bachelor's degree in government from Connecticut College. He is a cofounder of the Zimbabwe Working Group and a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.​


  • Liberia's former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the new President-elect George Weah at his swearing-in ceremony in Monrovia, Liberia, January 22, 2018

    In Africa, Presidential Term Limits Are Working

    World news regularly features headlines about African power grabs and constitutional coups. Presidents Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia both adhered to term limits, stepping aside after finishing their second terms. Are they part of a broader trend?

    Apr 24, 2018 The Washington Post Monkey Cage Blog