Eric Robinson

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Research Programmer & Analyst
Washington Office


M.P.P. in public policy, College of William & Mary; B.A. in economics, government, College of William & Mary


Eric Robinson is a research programmer and analyst at the RAND Corporation based in Washington, DC. His research is focused on empirical studies related to irregular warfare, insurgent governance, post-conflict stabilization, and developing economies in the Middle East, the Levant, and Central Asia.

He specializes in the use of mixed methods research to leverage geospatial data, survey research, and structured qualitative data to better understand conflict and economic conditions in remote or denied areas. He has conducted extensive field research for RAND, including work in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, and elsewhere throughout the Middle East.

Previously, he served in Kabul with the Special Operations Joint Task Force – Afghanistan (SOJTF-A) as an analyst and advisor to the commander of US and NATO special operations. Prior to joining RAND, he worked for IBM as an advanced analytics consultant specializing in modeling large datasets. He graduated with his Masters of Public Policy from the College of William & Mary, and an A.B. in Economics with Honors also from William & Mary.

Recent Projects

  • Assessing the Economic Impact of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria
  • Post-Conflict Stabilization in Syria
  • Non-Radicalization and Political Violence in Yemen
  • Analytical Support to SOJTF-A, Kabul, Afghanistan

Honors & Awards

  • Spotlight Award (2014, 2016), RAND Corporation


  • Smoke rises after airstrikes from the U.S.-led coalition against Islamic State militants in a village east of Mosul, Iraq, May 29, 2016

    Cutting the Islamic State's Money Supply

    Airstrikes have hit ISIL tanker trucks, oil fields, refineries, and banks, but it would be a mistake to view the group as a poor man's version of its old self. New steps are needed to counter its multi-million dollar taxation and extortion machine.

    Jul 21, 2016 The National Interest