Eric Robinson is a research programmer and analyst at RAND Corporation based in Washington, DC. He is currently detailed from RAND to the Department of Defense as a policy advisor for irregular and hybrid warfare in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict (OASD SO/LIC).
His research at RAND is focused on empirical studies related to special operations, rebel governance, and developing economies across the Middle East, Eurasia, and Southeast 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.
Eric Robinson, Daniel Egel, Patrick B. Johnston, Sean Mann, Alexander D. Rothenberg, David Stebbins, When the Islamic State Comes to Town: The Economic Impact of Islamic State Governance in Iraq and Syria, RAND Corporation (RR-1970), 2017
Eric Robinson, P. Kathleen Frier, Kim Cragin, Melissa A. Bradley, Daniel Egel, Bryce Loidolt, Paul S. Steinberg, What Factors Cause Individuals to Reject Violent Extremism in Yemen?RAND Corporation (RR-1727), 2017
Seth G. Jones, James Dobbins, Daniel Byman, Christopher S. Chivvis, Ben Connable, Jeffrey Martini, Eric Robinson, Nathan Chandler, Rolling Back the Islamic State, RAND Corporation (RR-1912), 2017
Daniel Egel, Charles P. Ries, Ben Connable, Todd C. Helmus, Eric Robinson, Isaac Baruffi, Melissa A. Bradley, Kurt Card, Kathleen Loa, Sean Mann, Fernando Sedano, Stephan B. Seabrook, Robert Stewart, Investing in the Fight: Assessing the Use of the Commander's Emergency Response Program in Afghanistan, RAND Corporation (RR-1508), 2016