Jennifer D. P. Moroney

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Director, RAND Australia; Senior Political Scientist
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Ph.D. in international relations, University of Kent at Canterbury, England; M.A. in European integration, University of Limerick, Ireland; B.A. in political science and history, Frostburg State University

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Jennifer Moroney is director of RAND Australia and a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation. She primarily leads projects for the Department of Defense (DoD), including the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Air Force, Army, and Defense Threat Reduction Agency. She has led studies that focus on U.S. government security cooperation in the Middle East relative to the Arab uprisings, lessons from the DoD's involvement in humanitarian assistance missions around the world, and assessing the effectiveness of security cooperation programs and activities. Prior to joining RAND, Moroney worked for DFI Government Services, where she primarily managed Eastern Europe and Eurasia-focused regional security studies for OSD/P. She also worked for OSD/P NATO Policy where she was responsible for the NATO-Russia/Ukraine portfolios. She has been an adjunct professor at The George Washington University and served as the associate director of RAND Project AIR FORCE's Strategy and Doctrine Program.

Moroney's recent RAND reports include: New Security and Justice Sector Partnership Models: Implications of the Arab Uprisings (2014); Review of Security Cooperation Mechanisms Combatant Commands Utilize to Build Partner Capacity (2013); Lessons from Department of Defense Disaster Relief Efforts in the Asia-Pacific Region (2013); Working with Allies and Partners: A Cost-Based Analysis for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe (2012); and Learning Lessons from Allies' Approaches to Security Cooperation: The Cases of Australia, France, and the United Kingdom (2011).

Moroney received her Ph.D. in international relations from the University of Kent at Canterbury, United Kingdom.

Recent Projects

  • Building partnership capacity
  • U.S. global defense posture strategy in Eastern Europe and Eurasia
  • Coalition interoperability challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Development of coalition niche capabilities
  • Developing a methodology to analyze the effectiveness of U.S. international security cooperation activities

Recent Media Appearances

Interviews: Eurasia Daily Monitor

Commentary: The Hill; International Herald Tribune; United Press International; U.S. News & World Report


  • Nepal military personnel sits next to relief supplies at Gorkha district office following Saturday's earthquake in Gorkha, Nepal April 30, 2015

    Nepal Earthquake Response Shows Need for Better International Planning

    The U.S. provided supplies after the earthquake in Nepal, but they piled up at points of delivery because Nepalese customs authorities insisted that standard inspections be followed, even in an emergency situation. These kinds of bureaucratic challenges can be more easily overcome if they are identified and addressed before crises arise.

    May 7, 2015 U.S. News & World Report

  • U.S.Secretary of State John Kerry stands beside a barricade at the Shrine of the Fallen in Kiev, Ukraine March 4, 2014

    4 Ways the U.S. Can Do More for Ukraine

    In the face of Russian military advances in Crimea, Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to the strife-ravaged Eastern European nation is the kind of high-level diplomatic engagement that is needed to reassure Kiev that the West is on its side.

    Mar 4, 2014 U.S. News & World Report

  • A U.S. Marine and a Philippine airman assist an injured Filipino woman off a KC-130J Super Hercules at Vilamore Air Base, Manila, Republic of the Philippines

    Responding in Typhoon Haiyan's Wake

    Prior responses to other recent disasters offer important lessons. Improved preparedness and efficient coordination mechanisms can help ensure that, when time is of the essence, the United States provides the most effective response.

    Nov 12, 2013 U.S. News & World Report

  • The Challenge of Ukraine's European Integration

    Published commentary by RAND staff: The Challenge of Ukraine's European Integration in United Press International.

    Dec 13, 2005 United Press International

  • How to Help Yushchenko

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    May 6, 2005 International Herald Tribune

  • Spreading Democracy in Ukraine

    Published commentary by RAND staff.

    Feb 15, 2005 The Hill