Caroline Baxter

Project Associate
Washington Office

Education

M.A. in international relations, University of Saint Andrews; M.A. in international affairs, Columbia University

Overview

Caroline Baxter is a project associate at the RAND Corporation, where she focuses on issues related to force planning, stability operations, and the formulation of national security strategy. Prior to coming to RAND, Baxter worked at the National Democratic Institute in the Middle East and North Africa section. Her work initially focused on Iran and Israel/Palestine, where she served as an election monitor in the West Bank during the presidential elections in January 2005. She subsequently concentrated on North Africa, and on Mauritania in particular, where she opened NDI's first office and co-managed NDI's international election observation mission to the post-coup presidential elections in March, 2007. Baxter holds a B.A. in international relations from the University of St Andrews, Scotland, and an M.A. in international affairs, with a concentration in international security policy, from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.

Publications

  • report

    Assessing the Army's Active-Reserve Component Force Mix

    Active-reserve force mix decisions should consider both capability and cost. This report examines two critical considerations: the time needed to make forces ready to deploy and the relative cost to sustain the same level of deployed output.

    Sep 10, 2014

  • COMCAM,Croatian,EUCOM,Hrvatska kopnena vojska,Immediate Response,IR12,mission training exercise,SPC Lorenzo Ware,U.S. Army,U.S. European Command,US Army Europe,USAREUR,USEUCOM

    report

    Assessing Security Cooperation as a Preventive Tool

    Based on an analysis of security cooperation (SC) data and state fragility scores for 107 countries in 1991-2008, the report describes the correlation between provision of SC by the United States and a reduction in partner state fragility.

    Mar 20, 2014

  • politics on the Internet

    report

    Internet Freedom and Political Space

    The Internet is a new battleground between governments that censor online content and those who advocate Internet freedom. This report examines the implications of Internet freedom for state-society relations in nondemocratic regimes.

    Sep 5, 2013

  • report

    Promoting International Energy Security: Volume 4, The Gulf of Guinea

    Improving the security of the Gulf of Guinea's oil infrastructure would increase output and promote additional investment, to the benefit of oil importing nations. The U.S. Air Force has expertise that could help build local security capabilities.

    Nov 21, 2012

  • research brief

    Can NATO Meet Defense Challenges in an Era of Austerity?

    This study analyzes the impact of planned defense budget cuts on the capabilities of seven key European members of NATO and suggests ways in which the Alliance can adapt to meet emerging security challenges.

    Oct 22, 2012

  • report

    NATO and the Challenges of Austerity

    Analyzes the impact of planned cuts in defense spending by European members of NATO: the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, and Poland.

    Oct 22, 2012

  • khost,air-assault,Operation Champion Sword,Afghanistan

    research brief

    The Value and Limitations of Minimalist Stabilization Efforts

    Assesses the utility and limitations of minimalist stabilization -- small-scale interventions designed to stabilize a partner government engaged in violent conflict -- and proposes policy recommendations to improve the outcomes of such operations.

    Oct 1, 2012

  • Philippines,SMEE,MARSOC,Marine,JSOTF-P,Basilan,Navy,Unclassified

    report

    The Uses and Limits of Small-Scale Military Interventions

    Assesses the utility and limitations of minimalist stabilization -- small-scale interventions designed to stabilize a partner government engaged in violent conflict -- and proposes policy recommendations to improve the outcomes of such operations.

    Sep 27, 2012

  • research brief

    Sexual Orientation and U.S. Personnel Policy Revisited

    Summarizes results of a RAND Corporation study on sexual orientation and U.S. military policy requested by the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Secretary of Defense in order to weigh repeal of the law known as

    Dec 23, 2010

  • Soliders march in formation

    report

    Sexual Orientation and U.S. Military Personnel Policy: An Update of RAND's 1993 Study

    Shares results of a study on sexual orientation and U.S. military policy, requested by the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Secretary of Defense in order to weigh the repeal of the law known as ''Don't Ask, Don't Tell.''

    Nov 18, 2010