Robert D. Lamb

Senior Associate (Non-resident), International Security Program

Robert D. Lamb is a nonresident senior associate of the International Security Program at CSIS and a visiting research professor at the U.S. Army War College’s Strategic Studies Institute, where he is researching hybrid governance in fragile and conflict environments and the effectiveness of donor activities. He is also a nonresident research scholar at the Center for International and Security Studies at the University of Maryland. A former Defense Department strategist, Dr. Lamb studies development, governance, and conflict with an emphasis on complex crises, informal processes, and hybrid political and economic systems. His research has included the effectiveness of civilian assistance, private-sector development, and stabilization programs in complex environments; gang governance, violence, and legitimacy in the stateless slums of Medellín, Colombia; and subnational governance and stability in Afghanistan and Pakistan. He earned a Ph.D. in policy studies from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in a program combining security, economics, and ethics. He received a B.A. from Gettysburg College, evaluated microdevelopment projects in Nicaragua, covered business and finance as a journalist, and won a 2001 National Press Club award before changing careers after 9/11. He tweets as @robertdalelamb.