Stephanie Pezard is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. Her research focuses on Arctic security; strategic competition; European security and transatlantic relations; measures short of war; security cooperation and security force assistance; deterrence and use of force; and French defense and security policy.
Prior to joining RAND, Pezard was a researcher with the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey. She was also a visiting scholar at the Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University, New York and a TAPIR Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University and the RAND Corporation.
Pezard received her Ph.D. in international relations (political science) from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, and her M.A. in contemporary history from the French School of Political Science (Sciences-Po) in Paris.
Pezard, Stephanie, U.S. Strategic Competition with Russia: A RAND Research Primer, RAND Corporation (PE-A290-2), 2022
Pezard, Stephanie, Michael Shurkin, and David A. Ochmanek, A Strong Ally Stretched Thin: An Overview of France's Defense Capabilities from a Burdensharing Perspective, RAND Corporation (RR-A231-1), 2021
Retter, Lucia, Stephanie Pezard, Stephen J. Flanagan, Gene Germanovich, Sarah Grand-Clement, and Pauline Paillé, European Strategic Autonomy in Defence: Transatlantic visions and implications for NATO, US and EU relations, RAND Corporation (RR-A1319-1), 2021
Pezard, Stephanie, Ashley L. Rhoades, What Provokes Putin's Russia? Deterring Without Unintended Escalation, RAND Corporation (PE-338-A), 2020
Pezard, Stephanie, The New Geopolitics of the Arctic: Russia's and China's Evolving Role in the Region, RAND Corporation (CT-500), 2018
Pezard, Stephanie, Abbie Tingstad, and Alexandra Hall, The Future of Arctic Cooperation in a Changing Strategic Environment: Insights from a Scenario-Based Exercise Organised by RAND and Hosted by NUPI, RAND Corporation (PE-268-RC), 2018
Pezard, Stephanie, Abbie Tingstad, Kristin Van Abel, and Scott R. Stephenson, Maintaining Arctic Cooperation with Russia: Planning for Regional Change in the Far North, RAND Corporation (RR-1731-RC), 2017
Pezard, Stephanie, Andrew Radin, Thomas S. Szayna, and F. Stephen Larrabee, European Relations with Russia: Threat Perceptions, Responses, and Strategies in the Wake of the Ukrainian Crisis, RAND Corporation (RR-1579-A), 2017