Alexandra Stark

Alexandra Stark
Associate Policy Researcher
Washington Office


M.S. in international relations, London School of Economics and Political Science; B.A. in international relations, Wellesley College; PhD in government, Georgetown University


Alex Stark (she/her) is an associate policy researcher at RAND. She is a 2023 Non-Resident Fellow with the Irregular Warfare Initiative, a joint production of Princeton's Empirical Studies of Conflict Project and the Modern War Institute at West Point. Stark's research interests include security cooperation, civil wars and irregular warfare, gender and conflict, domestic violent extremism, domestic institutions and foreign policymaking, military intervention, and Middle East security. Her research has been published in International Security and Security Studies, and her commentary has appeared in War on the RocksLawfare, the Monkey Cage, and other outlets.

Prior to joining RAND, Alex was a Senior Researcher at New America, a predoctoral fellow at the Middle East Institute of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Minerva/Jennings Randolph Peace Scholar at the United States Institute of Peace. She completed her PhD in the Government Department at Georgetown University in 2019, and holds an MSc in international relations from the London School of Economics and a BA from Wellesley College, where she was a fellow of the Madeleine K. Albright Institute for Global Affairs.

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Non-Resident Fellow, Irregular Warfare Initiative


  • Warfare and Military Operations

    Bad Idea: Assuming the Small Wars Era Is Over

    The national security community doesn't need to deny the potential for future great power conflict—or neglect to prepare for it—in order to acknowledge the enduring reality of asymmetric threats. Containing, resolving, and even preventing smaller conflicts is essential to avoiding bigger ones.

    Dec 18, 2019

    Center for Strategic and International Studies