International Affairs Issues

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Recent Findings

  • Blog

    Probing the Barriers to Conducting Clinical Research in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Aug 29, 2014

    Developing clinical research in sub-Saharan Africa requires a more holistic approach that considers not only individuals and institutions concerned with clinical research but also the wider health and research systems in these countries.

  • Blog

    A Diplomatic Solution for Ukraine

    Aug 27, 2014

    Despite uncertainty about Russian military plans and the outcome of Ukrainian operations against pro-Russian separatists, it's not too soon to consider how to lay the foundations for a negotiated solution. If Moscow were unwilling to reach a fair settlement, the West would have options to increase its leverage.

  • Blog

    Foreign Fighters Are a Global Threat

    Aug 25, 2014

    The threat posed by foreign terrorist fighters cannot be resolved by the United States, or any ally, working alone. It calls for broad international cooperation on law enforcement, intelligence sharing and other areas for many years to come. The road ahead will be hard, but it's best to begin now with action by the UN Security Council.

  • Blog

    Women's Menstrual Hygiene in India: The Health and Environmental Implications

    Aug 22, 2014

    According to India's 2011 census, 89 percent of the nation's rural population lives in households that lack toilets. This absence of proper sanitation presents public health challenges and affects Indian women disproportionately.

  • Blog

    Make Russia an Offer on Ukraine It Can't Refuse

    Aug 20, 2014

    An international initiative that does not appear to emanate from NATO or the EU could help bring Russia to the table, in part by accepting that Moscow, too, has a role. An international peacekeeping force could open the way for a negotiated end to the conflict.

Briefings

  • Israeli, Saudi, and Iranian Responses in the Days After a Deal With Iran: What Are the U.S. Options?

    Jun 4, 2014

    RAND experts will discuss the likely concerns and reactions of Israel and Saudi Arabia and the internal power dynamics and motivations of the Iranian government. Understanding these factors and U.S. options to address them will be critical for policymakers to implement a final nuclear agreement.

  • Making Sense of Nuclear Negotiations with Iran: A Good Deal or a Bad Deal?

    Jan 22, 2014

    Negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 have resulted in a first step agreement of a possible comprehensive deal on the Iranian nuclear program. A panel of experts will examine the negotiations, the potential for a deal that could effectively halt Iran's ability to develop nuclear weapons, and implications for U.S. national security.

  • Preparing for North Korean Regime Collapse

    Oct 16, 2013

    The North Korean government has shown signs of instability for some time. RAND senior defense analyst Bruce Bennett will discuss the possible consequences of its collapse, including civil war in the North, a humanitarian crisis, the potential use and proliferation of the nation's chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, and even war with China.

  • Egypt and the Question of U.S. Assistance

    Jul 25, 2013

    With the ouster of former President Morsi by the Egyptian military, there is a renewed debate over the status of U.S. assistance to Egypt. Would cutting off aid promote or impair American interests in the region? RAND's Jeff Martini will moderate a discussion with Steven A. Cook of CFR and Michele Dunne of the Atlantic Council.

  • Mapping Egyptian Politics

    Mar 22, 2013

    Despite widespread unrest, Egypt is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections in the coming months. Three Egypt watchers will discuss what past electoral performance and the current political context say about the Islamists' strength in Egypt and what it means for the U.S.

Alerts & Newsletters

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    Mar 20, 2014

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  • RAND Study Evaluates Airpower Options for Syria Intervention

    Sep 3, 2013

    An examination of five options for U.S. and allied military intervention in the Syrian civil war using airpower warns that destroying or grounding the Syrian air force is operationally feasible but would have only marginal benefits for protecting civilians.

  • RAND Experts Available on Latest Developments in Egypt

    Jul 11, 2013

    RAND Middle East experts are available to discuss the latest events in Egypt, including the shooting deaths of protesters in Cairo and the possibility the U.S. will halt its Egyptian foreign aid program.

  • Intervention in Mali

    Feb 21, 2013

    With Mali facing an uncertain future, it is unclear what role regional and international actors will play as the struggle for control of Mali continues. RAND has several country and regional experts that have examined the conflict from several perspectives.

  • SOTU Policy Preview

    Feb 11, 2013

    Preparing for the State of the Union address? Here is a preview of topics from President Obama's inaugural address that he may cover on Tuesday night, along with helpful links to related RAND analyses, reports, and commentary.

  • Who Are the Muslim Brotherhood Youth and What Does That Mean for U.S. Policy?

    Jan 24, 2013

    The Muslim Brotherhood (MB) emerged as one of the most consequential actors in post-Mubarak Egypt, operating the Freedom and Justice Party that won a strong plurality in the 2011-2012 parliamentary elections and claimed the presidency. But generational divides constitute a major challenge to the MB's organizational cohesion.

  • Do Targeted Killings Work?

    Oct 23, 2012

    Can the targeted killing of militant leaders be an effective component of a security strategy? In recent work, RAND's Patrick Johnston argues that past targeted capture/kill operations have weakened militant organizations.

  • Must-Reads for Tonight's Foreign Policy Debate

    Oct 22, 2012

    RAND experts analyze six foreign policy issues that the next U.S. president will have to confront in 2013 and beyond.

  • Looking Beyond the 2012 U.S. Election

    Oct 3, 2012

    As the U.S. presidential election draws to a close, there is increasing demand for simple answers to complex questions, immediate solutions to entrenched challenges, and ten-second sound bites to sum it all up. RAND has always focused on big, long-term, core public policy issues and has cultivated the farsighted perspectives required to address those issues.

  • Putting Arab Spring into Perspective: What Can We Learn from 40 Years of Democratization?

    Sep 20, 2012

    Starting with events in Tunisia in December 2010 and spreading to Egypt and then to Libya and Yemen, long-standing authoritarian regimes have fallen in what has come to be called the Arab Spring. These nations are undergoing political transitions, perhaps towards democracy, perhaps toward other regime types.

  • Relations Between China and Iran: Implications for the United States

    Jun 19, 2012

    The relationship between China and Iran presents a unique challenge to U.S. interests and objectives, in particular its efforts to dissuade Iran from developing a nuclear weapons capability.

  • Grading the NATO Summit

    May 25, 2012

    This week's NATO summit in Chicago made progress bringing the alliance's combat role in Afghanistan to an end, says RAND political scientist Christopher S. Chivvis. "But the summit also drew attention to at least three challenges on the road ahead."

  • A Nuclear Iran and Israel at the Crossroads

    Mar 9, 2012

    Earlier this week President Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss Iran's development of nuclear weapons and how the U.S. and Israel may respond.

  • Better Understanding the Rivalry Between Israel and Iran

    Feb 3, 2012

    Israel and Iran have come to view each other over the past decade as direct regional rivals, with Iran viewing Israel as being bent on undermining Iran's revolutionary system and Israel viewing Iran as posing grave strategic and ideological challenges to the Jewish state.

  • Senior Staff SOTU Debrief from RAND Corporation

    Jan 25, 2012

    We've assembled a selection of RAND reports, journal articles, commentary, videos, and experts on these SOTU topics that provide you with analysis, insights, and ideas you can use in the months ahead.

  • The Arab Spring Turns One

    Jan 25, 2012

    Leaders were deposed in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya while considerable unrest continues in Syria and Yemen. Even though other states appear to have successfully co-opted reform efforts to preempt popular revolts, one year later the Arab Spring continues to change the region's political landscape in surprising ways.

  • State of the Union Policy Preview

    Jan 23, 2012

    Preparing for the State of the Union (SOTU) address? Here is a preview of topics the President may cover along with helpful links to related RAND analyses, reports, and commentary.


Testimony

2010 and prior

June 18, 2010
Considerations for the Use of Private Security Contractors in Future U.S. Military Deployments

Molly Dunigan

Testimony presented before the Commission on Wartime Contracting.

May 20, 2010
Potential Effects of Chinese Aerospace Capabilities on U.S. Air Force Operations

Jeff Hagen

Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

May 20, 2010
The Development of China's Air Force Capabilities

Roger Cliff

Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

March 18, 2010
Questions of Balance: The Shifting Cross-Strait Balance and Implications for the U.S.

David Shlapak

Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

February 22, 2010
Stabilization from the Bottom Up

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the Commission on Wartime Contracting.

January 28, 2010
Reconstructing Haiti

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

December 15, 2009
Iran Sanctions: Options, Opportunities, and Consequences

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

November 17, 2009
Examining U.S. Counterterrorism Priorities and Strategy Across Africa's Sahel Region

Lianne Kennedy-Boudali

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on African Affairs.

June 11, 2009
The PLA Navy's "New Historic Missions": Expanding Capabilities for a Re-emergent Maritime Power

Cortez A. Cooper

Testimony presented before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

May 6, 2009
NATO After the Summit: Rebuilding Consensus

Robert E. Hunter

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Subcommittee on European Affairs.

May 5, 2009
From Strategy to Implementation: The Future of the U.S.-Pakistan Relationship

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee .

April 2, 2009
U.S. Strategy in Afghanistan

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on Middle East and South Asia.

March 26, 2009
Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

March 11, 2009
Antecedents and Implications of the November 2008 Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) Attack Upon Several Targets in the Indian Mega-City of Mumbai

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the ouse Homeland Security Committee, Subcommittee on Transportation Security and Infrastructure Protection.

February 26, 2009
Counterinsurgency in Afghanistan

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee.

September 24, 2008
U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

Testimony unavailable - oral remarks only.

July 15, 2008
Does America Need A New Grand Strategy?

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

April 3, 2008
An Iraqi Modus Vivendi: How Would It Come About and What Would It Look Like?

Terrence K. Kelly

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

April 2, 2008
Getting Back on Track in Afghanistan

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.

February 14, 2008
Ungoverned Territories

Angel Rabasa

Testimony presented before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

January 29, 2008
International Perspectives on Interagency Reform

Nora Bensahel

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

January 16, 2008
U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Assassination, Instability, and the Future of U.S. Policy

C. Christine Fair

Testimony presented before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia.

December 10, 2007
The State of the Afghan Insurgency

Seth G. Jones

Testimony presented before the Canadian Senate National Security and Defence Committee.

November 7, 2007
Negotiating with Iran

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs.

October 25, 2007
Testimony before the French Paper Commission on Defense and National Security

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Commission du Livre blanc sur la défense et la sécurité nationale, Paris, France.

September 5, 2007
The Role of the Department of Defense in Provincial Reconstruction Teams

Michelle Parker

Testimony presented before House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

July 17, 2007
U.S. Policy Options in the Iraq Crisis

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.

June 13, 2007
A Comparative Evaluation of United Nations Peacekeeping

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight.

May 18, 2007
Two Years After Andijan: Assessing the Past and Thinking Towards the Future

Olga Oliker

Testimony presented before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe.

March 28, 2007
Iraqi Security Forces: Defining Challenges and Assessing Progress

Olga Oliker

Testimony presented before House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.

March 8, 2007
Ending Afghanistan's Civil War

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

January 30, 2007
Ending Afghanistan's Civil War

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the House Armed Services Committee.

July 18, 2006
Islam and the West: Searching for Common Ground: The Terrorist Threat and the Counter-Terrorism Effort

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

May 4, 2006
The Use of the Internet by Islamic Extremists

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

April 6, 2006
Trends in the United Kingdom's Naval Shipbuilding Industrial Base: Lessons for the United States

John F. Schank

Testimony presented before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Seapower.

March 16, 2006
Advances Underway in China's Defense Industries

Roger Cliff

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on March 16, 2006.

March 9, 2006
Afghanistan: Is the Aid Getting Through?

Seth Jones

Testimony presented to the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation.

Testimony unavailable - oral remarks only.

February 16, 2006
Combating Al Qaeda and the Militant Islamic Threat

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee, Subcommittee on Terrorism, Unconventional Threats and Capabilities.

February 3, 2006
Challenges to China's Internal Security Strategy

Murray Scot Tanner

Testimony presented to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

November 9, 2005
Stabilization and Reconstruction: No Longer a Non-Traditional Mission?

James Dobbins

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee, Non-Traditional Missions Panel.

Testimony unavailable - closed hearing

November 3, 2005
Moderate and Radical Islam

Angel Rabasa

Testimony presented to the House Armed Services Committee Defense Review, Panel on Terrorism and Radical Islam Gap.

September 29, 2005
Does Our Counter-Terrorism Strategy Match the Threat?

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony presented to the House International Relations Committee, Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation.

September 15, 2005
China's Military Modernization and the Cross-Strait Balance

Roger Cliff

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

July 20, 2005
Accelerating Economic Progress in Iraq

Keith Crane

Testimony presented to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

May 19, 2005
China and Globalization

William H. Overholt

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

April 14, 2005
Chinese Government Responses to Rising Social Unrest

Murray Scot Tanner

Testimony presented to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

February 2, 2005
Emerging Threats to National Security

Gregory T. Treverton

Testimony presented to the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

September 23, 2004
The Hong Kong Legislative Election of September 12, 2004: Assessment and Implications

William H. Overholt

Testimony presented to the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

July 14, 2004
U.S. Policy Toward Southeast Europe: Unfinished Business in the Balkans

James Dobbins

Testimony presented to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

June 23, 2004
Hong Kong at the Crossroads

William H. Overholt

Testimony presented to the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific.

March 31, 2004
The Effect of Terrorist Attacks in Spain on Transatlantic Cooperation in the War on Terror

James Dobbins

Testimony presented to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on European Affairs.

March 10, 2004
A Fresh Start for Haiti? Charting Future U.S. Haitian Relations

James Dobbins

Testimony presented to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Peace Corps, and Narcotic Affairs.

February 6, 2004
Analyzing China's Defense Industries and the Implications for Chinese Military Modernization

Evan S. Medeiros

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

December 4, 2003
China's Economic and Political Impact on South Asia

Rollie Lal

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission.

September 23, 2003
Next Steps in Iraq and Beyond

James Dobbins

Testimony presented before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

April 3, 2003
The Baltic States and NATO Membership

F. Stephen Larrabee

Testimony presented before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

April 17, 2002
The Future of NATO and Enlargement

Thomas S. Szayna

Testimony presented before the House Committee on International Relations, Subcommittee on Europe.

December 12, 2001
Southeast Asia After 9/11: Regional Trends and U.S. Interests

Angel Rabasa

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on East Asia and the Pacific, Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives.

December 7, 2001
Excerpts from the U.S.-China Security Review Commission Hearings

Charles Wolf

Testimony presented to the U.S.-China Security Review Commission Hearings.

June 13, 2001
Turkey, Greece, and the U.S. in a Changing Strategic Environment

Ian O. Lesser

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on Europe, International Relations Committee, U.S. House of Representatives.

April 3, 2001
Protecting American Interests Abroad: U.S. Citizens, Businesses, and Non-Governmental Organizations

Bruce Hoffman

Testimony resented to the Subcommittee on National Security, Veterans Affairs, and International Relations, Committee on Government Reform, U.S. House of Representatives.

March 9, 2000
The European Security and Defense Identity (ESDI) and American Interests

F. Stephen Larrabee

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee On European Affairs, Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate.

May 1, 1998
Iran: Limits to Rapprochement

Jerrold D. Green

Testimony presented to the Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, Committee on Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate.

March 25, 1998
International Cooperation in Research and Development

Caroline S. Wagner

Testimony presented to the Committee on Science, U.S. House Of Representatives.

Briefs

  • China in Africa: Implications of a Deepening Relationship2014

    Discusses China's engagement with African countries, including what each side wants from these relationships, how Africans view China's involvement and how China has reacted to that, and whether the United States and China are competing in Africa.

  • Driving in the Future in Developing Countries2014

    Automobility — travel in personal vehicles — varies between countries. This brief summarizes a study of the factors besides economic development that affect automobility and how automobility might evolve in developing countries.

  • Lessons for a Negotiated Settlement in Afghanistan — If History Serves as a Guide2014

    Historical insurgencies that ended in settlement after a stalemate have generally followed a seven-step path. A "master narrative" distilled from these cases could help guide and assess the progress toward a negotiated settlement in Afghanistan.

  • Partner Capacity in Counterinsurgency Campaigns2014

    "Success stories" in small-footprint U.S. interventions have occurred in countries with inclusive politics and reasonable state capacity. Unfortunately, most insurgencies seek to overthrow regimes that are weak in inclusion and capacity.

  • The Future of Sea Power in the Western Pacific2013

    Explores the future relationship between U.S. and Chinese sea power in the context of historical sea-power rivalries and recent technological developments, and discusses the potential of pursuing maritime security cooperation in the Western Pacific.