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Upcoming Event

Seth G. Jones

Testimony – Regional Impact of U.S. Policy Towards Iraq and Syria
April 30, 2015

On April 30, Seth G. Jones, Director of the RAND International Security and Defense Policy Center, will testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs at 11:00 a.m. ET / 2172 Rayburn House Office Building.

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New from Congressional Relations

  • Breaking the Bank: Undermining Terrorist Financing

    Apr 22, 2015

    Undermining the financing of terrorist groups must be done as part of a broader effort to undermine terrorist ideology. Policies should focus on the most significant threats to the United States and utilize tools that target the ways these groups finance themselves.

  • NATO Needs a Comprehensive Strategy for Russia

    Apr 16, 2015

    NATO, working closely with the EU, needs to find a way through the instability caused by Russia's intervention in Ukraine—and return to the vision of a stable, secure, and economically healthy Europe. Experts present possible strategies that could restore peace and stability.

  • What Might Follow a Potential Nuclear Agreement with Iran?

    Apr 3, 2015

    With the framework for an Iran nuclear deal in place, policymakers should consider what might happen in the days after a final deal is reached. RAND experts explore this issue, including Congress's role in implementing an agreement, regional responses, and implications for the nuclear nonproliferation regime.

  • The Continuing Lure of Violent Jihad

    Mar 24, 2015

    As the civil wars in Syria and Iraq continue, so does the terrorist threat emanating from these conflicts. Two galaxies of jihadist terrorists in the region pose a credible danger to the U.S. homeland: al Qaeda and its affiliates and ISIL. But the most likely threat comes from homegrown terrorists.

  • Higher-Education Benefits for Post-9/11 Military Service Members and Veterans

    Mar 17, 2015

    Many types of federal educational benefits are available to U.S. veterans. However, there are many ways Congress can ensure long-term viability of assistance, thus improving access to affordable higher education for the post-9/11 generation and their families.

  • The Threat Posed by Foreign Fighters Returning from Syria and Iraq

    Mar 12, 2015

    An estimated 3,400 foreign fighters have come from Europe and other Western countries to join jihadist fronts in Syria and Iraq. What is the threat posed by these Western fighters? And how can the U.S. better identify and intercept returning foreign fighters from countries covered by the Visa Waiver Program?