Rebecca Zimmerman is a Policy Researcher with the RAND Corporation and a doctoral candidate in strategic studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Her dissertation studies US military institutions in Afghanistan, and the unintended impacts of bureaucracy on military operations. Her work with RAND has focused on security force development, special operations, and military organizational culture.

A specialist in field research, she has interviewed hundreds of Afghan military and civilian officials, US military, and NATO partners across Afghanistan. She has advised US Special Operations Forces and has evaluated the sustainability of international security assistance and stabilization programs in Afghanistan. She was a David L. Boren Fellow studying the Moro Islamic Liberation Front in the southern Philippines, and has conducted research on the terrorism threat in Mali.

As a Fellow with the Truman National Security Project, Rebecca Zimmerman co-founded and co-leads the Frontline Civilians Initiative, which works for improved preparation, care, and support of America’s diplomats, contractors, NGO workers, and journalists who work in areas of crisis and instability.

She graduated with honors from Stanford University and has a Master’s in strategic studies from Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.