Mark Toukan

Mark Toukan
Associate Political Scientist
Pittsburgh Office


Ph.D. in political science, University of Wisconsin; M.A. in international relations, University of Chicago; B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies, Ohio State University


Mark Toukan is an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Penn Identity and Conflict Lab at the University of Pennsylvania, where he studied the stability of powersharing arrangements after civil wars. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Political Science, a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and French from the Ohio State University. His research interests include strategic competition, proxy warfare, conflict management and the dynamics of conflict escalation, conflict forecasting, and Middle Eastern security issues. His recent work includes projects on defense modeling and simulation, acquisition, military training, alliance dynamics, and topics in network analysis.