Commentary for 2008

Commentary pieces by RAND staff are the analyses of the authors, and not of RAND itself.

Backlash Against Terror — December 21, 2008

Obama, Congress Can Improve FEMA, Homeland Security — December 21, 2008

  • Melissa Flournoy
  • (The Press-Register)

In Iraq, a Different Kind of Drama Stages a Message of Reconciliation — December 18, 2008

  • Edward O'Connell,
  • Cheryl Benard
  • (Christian Science Monitor)

Is Ahmadinejad in Trouble? — December 17, 2008

Mumbai's Terrifying Logic — December 9, 2008

India, Pakistan Must Confront Threat of More Violence — December 9, 2008

  • C. Christine Fair
  • (CNN.com)

The Backlash Against Terror — December 8, 2008

  • Seth G. Jones
  • (Ethics Newsline, a publication of the Institute for Global Ethics)

How Will Obama First Be Tested? — December 8, 2008

Terrorists Have to Be Lucky Once; Targets, Every Time — November 30, 2008

Piracy Needs Regional Answer — November 25, 2008

Obama's First International Crisis — November 16, 2008

Talk to the Taliban? Not Now — November 11, 2008

  • Cheryl Benard
  • (United Press International)

Know Your Enemy: From Iraq to Afghanistan — November 9, 2008

  • Benjamin Bahney,
  • Renny McPherson
  • (Washington Times)

Getting the Count Right — November 4, 2008

  • Ian P. Cook
  • (CNN.com)

It's 2018, and the Economy's Hot... — October 22, 2008

War's Invisible Wounds — September 28, 2008

Will Terrorists Go Nuclear? — September 12, 2008

A Nuclear 9/11? — September 12, 2008

A 'Europe Whole and Free and at Peace' — September 9, 2008

  • Robert E. Hunter
  • (Providence Journal)

Ukraine: The Next Crisis? — September 7, 2008

Too Soon to Judge the Surge — August 29, 2008

  • Nora Bensahel
  • (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Georgia: Breakdown of Vision the West Had for a New Europe — August 28, 2008

  • Robert E. Hunter
  • (European Affairs)

Kosovo and South Ossetia More Different Than Similar — August 25, 2008

  • Olga Oliker
  • (RFERL.org, the website of Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty)

Change Choices, Not Conversation — August 24, 2008

  • Melissa Flournoy
  • (Monroe (LA) News Star)

Turkey's Second Chance — August 24, 2008

Probing Why Women Kill in Iraq — August 7, 2008

  • Farhana Ali
  • (Middle East Times)

Colonel Cardinal's Iceberg Theory — July 29, 2008

Turkey's Broadening Crisis — July 25, 2008

How to Save Karzai — July 15, 2008

Health Policy and Public Trust — July 9, 2008

The North Korean Human Rights Standoff — July 3, 2008

  • Chaibong Hahm
  • (PacNet)

Dealing with Iran: The Case for Talking — June 30, 2008

Hezbollah's Armory Up for Debate — June 12, 2008

  • Theodore W. Karasik,
  • Ghassan Schbley
  • (United Press International and the Middle East Times)

A Chance in Lebanon; No Place for Tyrants — June 6, 2008

  • Theodore W. Karasik,
  • Ghassan Schbley
  • (International Herald Tribune)

Invisible Wounds of War — June 1, 2008

Russian Soccer Diplomacy — May 29, 2008

  • Lowell H. Schwartz
  • (Washington Times)

Afghan Progress Spotty but Hopeful — April 29, 2008

A House of Tribes for Iraq — April 25, 2008

  • Theodore W. Karasik,
  • Ghassan Schbley
  • (Washingtonpost.com)

Good Morning, Syria! – Time to Revisit Our Axis of Evil List? — April 22, 2008

  • Cheryl Benard,
  • Edward O'Connell
  • (Providence Journal)

A Better Way to Pay for Prescriptions — April 19, 2008

Iraq Needs an Ownership Surge — April 13, 2008

  • Joseph Konzelmann,
  • Clare Lockhart
  • (Washington Times)

The New Deterrence: Overwhelming and Searching Retaliation — April 10, 2008

  • Elbridge A. Colby
  • (Weekly Standard)

Real Roles, Missions Debate — April 7, 2008

Iraq's Sunni Time Bomb — April 3, 2008

  • Matthew Sherman
  • (New York Times)

Georgia on Their Mind — March 27, 2008

Danish Cartoons Doom Us All — March 21, 2008

  • Farhana Ali
  • (United Press International)

Finding Common Ground in an Uncommon Nation — March 19, 2008

  • Edward O'Connell,
  • Cheryl Benard
  • (Malibu Magazine)

A Post-Musharraf Pakistan Policy — March 7, 2008

  • Farhana Ali
  • (Washingtonpost.com)

Why We Need to Nail Osama — February 27, 2008

  • Elbridge A. Colby
  • (Washington Times)

An Independent Kosovo Was a Part of the U.N.'s Plan — February 25, 2008

To Support Democracy in Pakistan — February 24, 2008

  • C. Christine Fair
  • (Washington Times)

Concrete Closets Under Manufactured Homes Could Save Lives — February 23, 2008

  • Charles Meade
  • (Tennessean)

Clarifying the Yuan Debate — February 1, 2008

Not That Bad a Legacy, After All — January 17, 2008

Throw Out the Inside Traders — January 17, 2008

  • Lawrence Zicklin
  • (Washingtonpost.com)