John E. Peters

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Senior Political Scientist; Professor, Pardee RAND Graduate School
Santa Monica Office


Ph.D. in international relations, Georgetown University; M.S. in government, Campbell University; B.A. in history, The Ohio State University

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John E. Peters is a senior political scientist at the RAND Corporation and a professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School. He joined RAND in 1994 after a career in the U.S. Army. His background includes work in arms control and international security policy. During the 1990s and early 2000s, Peters assisted East European, post-Soviet, and Central Asian states with defense reform matters including NATO membership, relations with the alliance, and the Conventional Forces in Europe (CFE) treaty. More recently, he has focused on military-technical questions, including an extensive examination of the U.S. Army, its historical roles on behalf of the United States, and the capabilities it will need for the future. Peters received his Ph.D. in international relations from Georgetown University.

Previous Positions

Director of Research, Strategic Planning International, Inc.; officer in the U.S. Army for more than 20 years

Recent Projects

  • Nuclear proliferation and its countermeasures
  • War and escalation in South Asia