Center for Global Risk and Security

The Center for Global Risk and Security (CGRS), founded in 2007 by Harold Brown, former Secretary of Defense, and Gregory Treverton, current Chair of the National Intelligence Council, works across the RAND Corporation on multi-disciplinary research and policy analysis dealing with systemic risks to global security. The Center draws on RAND's unparalleled expertise to complement and expand RAND research in many fields, including security, economics, health, and technology.

Led by an advisory board of distinguished business leaders, philanthropists, and former policymakers, the CGRS's activities are increasingly focused on global security trends and the impact of disruptive technologies on risk and security.

Recent CGRS initiatives address the global security risks of both artificial intelligence and the "internet of things," the risks and consequences of High Frequency Trading, the potential for a global technology commons, the future of European defense economies, the consequences of the Greek financial crisis, the impact of low oil prices on international security, and alternative future scenarios for Syria.

The Latest from CGRS

  • The U.S. Needs to Exercise Leadership at the Biological Weapons Convention

    The world is one rogue microbiologist away from a potentially devastating biological attack. In this new, evolving environment, the United States should establish its goals and objectives and build coalitions to help meet them.

  • Struggle in the Gray Zone and World Order

    Recent experience suggests that the targets of gray zone campaigns recognize them for what they are — aggressive efforts to overturn the status quo. Gray zone aggression often prompts exactly the sort of reactions it's meant to avoid.

  • Keeping Hackers Away from Your Car, Fridge, and Front Door

    In the ever-growing Internet of Things, attackers already outpace the defenders. If developing solutions for software liability doesn't become more of a priority, there may be no winning this technological war.

  • The National Security Implications of Virtual Currency

    Could a non-state actor deploy a virtual currency, such as Bitcoin, to disrupt sovereignty and increase their political or economic power? How might a government or organization successfully disrupt such a deployment? A report by student David Manheim (cohort '12) and professors Joshua Baron and Cynthia Dion-Schwartz examines these questions.

  • Turkey Can't Have it Both Ways in NATO

    In a 2015 telephone interview, Mike Rogers, former chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, called for a public discussion of Turkey's role in NATO and explained how economic pressure on Russia as presents a "unique opportunity" for Moscow's help in Syria.

  • Anonymous vs. ISIS: Wishing the Vigilante Hackers Luck Against the Murderous Jihadists

    While ISIL uses the Internet to recruit fighters and incite violence, the Anonymous counter initiative could lower the volume of the online echo chamber, and yield support for the war against ISIL and its extremist ilk.

  • Greek Financial Crisis: All You Need to Know

    Europeans should not rush to eject the Greeks from either the euro or the E.U. They should have the patience to let Greek politics run its course.