Karen Schwindt

Policy Analyst
Santa Monica Office


M.A. in international affairs, George Washington University; B.A. in political science, University of Oregon; B.A. in history, University of Oregon


Karen Schwindt is a policy analyst at the RAND corporation specializing in cyber policy, regional security issues, and strategic planning. Her research interests broadly include U.S. Military Interventions; Afghanistan, Pakistan and U.S. policy toward Southwest Asia; Russian and Iranian foreign and security policies; Chinese political economy; hybrid or asymmetric warfare; and counterterrorism/counterinsurgency. She is also interested in mental health issues, including military and veteran mental health; violence/trauma and traumatic brain injury, such as posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); violence against women; and the use of technology to deliver evidence-based psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy.