Robert D. Lamb

  • Robert D. Lamb is a  senior fellow and director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict and Cooperation  at CSIS and a research scholar at the Center for International and Security  Studies at the University of Maryland. Dr. Lamb studies governance and  development amid conflict, with an emphasis on hybrid political systems and  complex crises. He has presented his work to policymakers and experts  throughout the United States and in Afghanistan, Colombia, France, Germany,  Greece, India, Korea, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Sweden, and the United  Kingdom. A former Defense Department strategist, he has developed tools to help  policymakers pay more attention to local governance and informal systems in  places that terrorist, criminal, and insurgent networks use as safe havens. As  a doctoral candidate, he spent a year in Colombia developing new methods for  studying gang governance, violence, and legitimacy in the stateless slums of  Medellín, then joined CSIS as a visiting scholar after returning to Washington.  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. in interdisciplinary studies from Gettysburg College, spent half a year in  Nicaragua with a microdevelopment project, then worked for nine years as an  editor and journalist, winning a National Press Club award in 2001, before  changing careers after 9/11.