Kevin Casey is an applied researcher with experience bringing innovative methodologies to research in conflict, transitional and stabilization contexts. Kevin has designed and executed research in complex environments for USAID, Office of Transition Initiatives, U.S. Army Africa and U.S. Forces in Iraq. In each case, Kevin focused on developing processes for discerning research needs, designing methods that are suitable and practical to specific contexts, and translating research findings into actionable recommendations to drive programmatic responses and strategy. Kevin has researched extensively in the technical areas of countering violent extremism, conflict and reconciliation, security cooperation, and political transition in places such as Botswana, Ghana, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Tanzania, and Tunisia.

In his role as research director for DAI’s Center for Security and Stable States (CS3), Kevin is bringing his expertise to CS3’s projects to increase the quality and impact of project research. He understands that to be effective research must be embedded in larger program learning processes and cannot be separated from strategic design and monitoring and evaluation. Additionally, Kevin is directing CS3’s research agenda by developing new research to bring analysis and insight to the variety of problem sets confronting fragile states. Kevin speaks Arabic and just enough Italian to find his way around northern Italy, where he currently lives. Kevin is Checkpoint’s Editor.