Global Security Environment

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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.


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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  • Brussels Locked-Down Heartbeat: A View from Within

    Nov 27, 2015

    To understand Molenbeek, the Brussels district that can be linked to most of the terror attacks on European soil in the past 18 months, it's necessary to examine the broader political and cultural context in Belgium.

  • Improving the U.S. Security Assistance Model

    Nov 18, 2015

    The United States often approaches security assistance the same way it did in Vietnam, with the same results. A better way would be to focus on politics and shaping the political context.

  • Flirting with Genocide in Burundi: Paying Attention Could Save Lives

    Nov 18, 2015

    Burundi has been afflicted by political violence since April. President Pierre Nkurunziza, who helped bring peace to the country in the last decade, is risking everything for the sake of staying in power. He is dragging the country backwards after 10 years of progress.

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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.