Stephanie Pezard

Stephanie Pezard

Associate Research Department Director, Defense and Political Sciences; Senior Political Scientist

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Stephanie Pezard is associate research department director, Defense and Political Sciences, and a senior political scientist at RAND. 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.


Ph.D. in political science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; M.A. in history, French Institute of Political Science, Paris (Sciences Po); M.A. in political science, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva; B.A. in history, French Institute of Political Science, Paris (Sciences Po)


English; French; Spanish

Selected Work

  • Pezard, Stephanie, Expanding Army Cooperation Between the United States and France in the Indo-Pacific, RAND Corporation (RR-A1633-1), 2023
  • Pezard, Stephanie, Stephen J. Flanagan, Scott W. Harold, Irina A. Chindea, Benjamin J. Sacks, Abbie Tingstad, Tristan Finazzo, and Soo Kim, China's Strategy and Activities in the Arctic: Implications for North American and Transatlantic Security, RAND Corporation (RR-A1282-1-v2), 2022
  • 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

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