Global Security Environment

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Overview

RAND analyses help policymakers understand world political, military, and economic trends; the sources of potential regional conflict; and emerging threats to U.S. national security.

Organization

RAND research on the global security environment is conducted within each of RAND's national security research divisions and collaboratively across the RAND research community.

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Special Activities

  • Reconciliation May Be the Best and Only Way to Defeat the Islamic State in Iraq

    Sep 17, 2014

    Addressing root causes of insurgencies and reconciliation have historically proven to be lasting means to defeat insurgent groups. While this approach could be the best way to overcome the Islamic State in Iraq, monumental obstacles make success questionable.

  • Will Obama's Light-Footprint Strategy Be Successful Against ISIS?

    Sep 17, 2014

    President Obama's campaign against ISIS militants marks a notable strategic shift in the conduct of warfare against terrorists and insurgents. It eschews the use of overwhelming force and embraces a light-footprint strategy that relies on precision strikes from U.S. aircraft, clandestine ground units, and local allies.

  • The U.S. Can't Count on Regional Support in the Fight Against ISIS

    Sep 16, 2014

    Regional governments may put some of their differences aside to help fight ISIS. But in a region rife with turmoil and multiple internal fissures, Washington cannot count on its confrontation with ISIS as its partners' overriding priority.

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    Afghanistan: Guidelines for a Peace Process2011

    The overarching Western objective in Afghanistan should be to prevent that country from becoming not just a haven for transnational terrorists, but a terrorist ally as well.

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    Afghan Peace Talks: A Primer2011

    The objective of a negotiated peace in Afghanistan has been firmly embraced by most of the potential parties to a treaty. However, arriving at an agreement about the sequencing, timing, and prioritization of peace terms is likely to be difficult, given the divergence in the parties' interests and objectives. The U.S. objective in these negotiations should be a stable and peaceful Afghanistan that neither hosts nor collaborates with terrorists.

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    Art Sales as Cultural Intelligence: Analysis of the Auction Market for African Tribal Art2011

    This paper examines auction sales of African tribal art for the continent as a whole and by individual nations of origin.