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

  • Trump's Options for Afghanistan: Losing or Not Losing

    Jun 23, 2017

    The Trump administration faces the choice of losing quickly by withdrawing from Afghanistan; losing slowly by staying at the current, inadequate levels of commitment; or not losing by increasing that commitment enough to maintain a stalemate on the battlefield.

  • The U.S.-France Dustup Over Counterterrorism in the Sahel

    Jun 23, 2017

    It's time for Paris and Washington to get together with the G5 nations of the Sahel and draft a strategy for achieving shared objectives. The French cannot do it alone or even with the support of the G5 nations. The U.S. would be penny wise but pound foolish to stay aloof or even just uphold the status quo.

  • Can We Predict Where Terrorists Will Strike Next?

    Jun 19, 2017

    Terrorism has escalated horizontally, not vertically. Instead of weapons of mass destruction, there has been a proliferation of low-level attacks. The trick will be to predict and prevent new plots.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.