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Issues in the 115th Congress

The nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation has been a trusted, unbiased source for Congressional staff on both sides of the aisle for decades. Our experts have testified and answered questions for staff on a variety of national security topics in recent years. RAND's expertise covers a wide range of national security and international affairs issues. Below are some examples of expertise that address issues likely to confront Congress in the remainder of this session.

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Kurt Card

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Russian military helicopters fly during rehearsals for the Victory Day military parade in Moscow, May 3, 2014, photo by Tatyana Makeyeva/ReutersP

Russia: Full Spectrum of Threats

Russia's seizure of Crimea and aggression in Ukraine have caused alarm in the region and among NATO allies. The Baltic republics are particularly concerned about the conventional and hybrid threats that Russia poses. Further abroad, Russia uses its propaganda model to attempt to influence events. More on Russia »

Officers of China's People's Liberation Army training for a parade to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the World War Two, in Beijing, China, August 22, 2015, photo by Damir Sagolj/Reuters

China: Military Transformation

For the past two decades, China has made significant investments in its military. This rapid modernization has shifted the balance of power in the Pacific. Even so, the People's Liberation Army still faces a number of challenges. More on China »

Children hold up letters spelling the word 'peace' during a day of activities and prayers at the Zaitoune historic church in old Damascus, Syria, June 1, 2016, photo by Omar Sanadiki/Reuters

Syria: Finding a Way Forward

The U.S. missile strike in Syria adds a new dimension to the conflict. What practical steps can be taken to reduce the fighting? One possible solution proposes creating zones of control. More on Syria »

A member of the counterterrorism task force stands guard in Times Square, New York City, December 31, 2016, photo by Stephanie Keith/Reuters

Terrorism: Persistent Challenge

While not an existential threat to the United States, terrorism is the most prominent and persistent security challenge the country faces—and there are no easy solutions to this complex problem. The Islamic State, for instance, presents a transregional threat that requires a strategy that goes beyond the military dimension. More on Terrorism »

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