Robert D. Lamb

Research Scholar

Robert Lamb is a senior fellow and director of the Program on Crisis, Conflict and Cooperation at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). 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, then worked for nine years as a business and finance journalist, winning a National Press Club award in 2001, before changing careers after 9/11.